On Monday, Sept. 25, Dr. Paul Knupp, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District was invited to speak by the Perry Area Democrats at the Perry Town Craft building. Knupp is running seven other candidates with hopes to win the seat currently held by Republican Representative David Young.
Knupp spoke to an intimate crowd about his seven legislation’s to introduce if he is elected: medicare expansion to all Americans, one trillion dollars to repair infrastructure/jobs and provide permanent union employment, citizenship for all undocumented persons - five years here - no felonies - pay $725, free in-state tuition for all undergraduates, restore full funding for all women’s health organizations and legislation to make the right-to-choose the law of the land, environmental and legislative endorsement of Paris Accord, and raise the minimum wage to $15 per house.
Knupp received his B.A. at Roberts Wesleyan College, his M.A. in Educational Psychology at the University of Iowa, as well as his Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Drake University.
“If I’m going to do it [run], this is the time,” said Dr. Knupp to the crowd. “I think I have a lot of great ideas for our state and I think I could instate all of those.”
Knupp commented on his way to pay for all of his legislates.
“The top tax-rate is 39.6% and if we take that tax-rate and raise it up to 45%, we get an extra $109 billion dollars per year,” Knupp said. “So that’s what I’d like to do, I call it the ‘Robinhood Tax Initiative,” I only want to raise it on the upper brackets.”
Knupp hopes to build a campaign centered around Bernie Sanders-supporters, channeling the younger generation in particular.
“What I’ve been trying to tell the Democrats is that we can not run anti-Trump,” Knupp said. “What we have to have are our own positive plans: what do we stand for not who are we against.”
Later, he was asked what separates him from the six other candidates trying to earn this position.
“I think never working in a foreign profit for money and always doing something to better the state and community, working with people in that capacity, I think that separates me from them,” Knupp said.
“I think we’ve got to go hard-left on unions, on raising the minimum wage, on health care for all, these are the things that I don’t think we need to compromise on.”