I am pleased and honored to have received the endorsement of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA). In a message from from from Dr. Tammy Wawro:
“On behalf of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) representing education professionals across the state, we are pleased to recommend Kent Balduchi for the Iowa House. We believe Kent Balduchi will do what is best for all of Iowa’s students regardless of the ZIP code in which they live and be a voice for education professionals as important decisions are made that impact our students and our public schools.”
I am asking for your vote on November 6, 2018 to serve in the Iowa Legislature. I am currently running this ad and am pleased to share it with you. Please reach out to me if you have any questions for me on how I will represent District 30 if elected. Thank you for your vote!
On this, the seventeenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever to fall on American soil, let us remember that which makes us strong. As we remember the firefighters, police officers, and other first responders lost in the towers’ collapse, remember that they were in many respects ordinary men and women. They were friends, neighbors and little league coaches. They were Sunday school teachers, mentors, and safety instructors. They were the fiber of this country. The core strength. Our people are our strength.
The character of these ordinary Americans that lifted them up to make selfless, heroic acts has been, and always will be, our strength. In the days and weeks following the attack, we pulled together as one people. There wasn’t a hammer strong enough to drive a wedge between us. Our core strength of common values held us together tightly as we lifted our heads and straightened our backs to stand tall. Our people, ordinary in nature until called upon to rise above, are the strength of our country.
Lately, we have seen some light shine between us. Our unity has been tested. But like the tree that sways under the force of a storm’s wind, we emerge stronger for having weathered the storm. Our people are the core of our strength. Let us remember that our strength comes from emerging stronger after testing our ideas and philosophies. Our strength comes not from pushing each other out, but from pulling one another in and holding tight against the storm’s winds. Our strength is us looking to our core values and pulling together as one.
God bless America God bless the strength that is our people.
Today as we celebrate those that toil, giving of their time and body, let us remember those that sacrificed to lay the foundation of the labor movement. Celebrate the men and women that have taken a stand against all odds for the rights we enjoy today.
Honor our predecessors by standing strong for all who labor; by standing shoulder to shoulder with the oppressed, seeking fair compensation for an honest day’s work.
We are the guardians of the future. Stand tall and stand strong this labor day. Stand for our future generations.
Today, June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court declared there is, in fact, a free lunch. The Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that public sector workers that benefit from collective bargaining of the union in their workplace, have zero obligation to contribute to the costs associated with obtaining the very wages, benefits, and job protections they enjoy. The Court overturned standing law that allowed unions to collect a share of dues from non-members to pay for the costs incurred to obtain better wages and benefits the non-members would otherwise enjoy for free . The assault on those willing to give their time, money, and effort to bargain for a better workplace continues. This is nothing less than a full effort to break unions and silence the collective voice of workers.
This “fair share” portion was limited to a fair amount to cover costs associated with collective bargaining activities, not political action. The “free speech” argument was a red herring. No one has been compelled to financially support the political position of their workplace union.
Don’t kid yourself, this ruling is an assault on ALL working people and their families. Overtime, pensions, holidays, workplace safety, job security: you can wave goodbye to all of these things because, just like health insurance, they will be stripped from you in a slow steady pace. Collective bargaining, through labor unions, assures workers a unified voice and a fair bargaining process.
If you think your vote doesn’t matter, think again. I need your support.
This Tuesday, June 5th you will have the opportunity to take the first step to put our legislature back on course. The past two years in particular we have seen spiteful and short-sighted policies enacted by representatives that are long on talking points but short on the kind of experience needed to fully understand the negative impact their misguided policies have in the long term.
I am asking for your vote for the nomination as the Democratic candidate for Iowa House District 30 in Tuesday’s primary and again in the general election in November.
I bring to the table a broad base of experience, the kind of experience to understand the needs our government must address and the real-life experience to make effective change.
For over twenty-two years, serving as a firefighter/paramedic with the Des Moines Fire Department, I saw first hand the impact of poverty, crime, and illness suffered by ordinary people. Members of the DMFD assisted individuals in their greatest times of need. My knowledge of these issues comes first hand, not simply related through statistics or the stories of others. I’ve personally seen families struggle to survive the ravages untreated mental illness takes on the entire family. I have seen the impact of children struggling in poverty. I know these issues first hand, not in the abstract.
My most recent twenty-two years have been spent in the practice of law. I practice surrounded by working families in the same blue-collar neighborhood in which I grew up. In my practice assisting these hard-working families, I have seen when our system works well and when it fails miserably. I know the connection between dropping out of school and the increased likelihood of winding up behind bars. I have seen our jails and prisons become warehouses for the untreated mentally ill. And I know it does not have to be that way.
An education in Public Administration and the law have given me the tools and skills to address the problems associated with inadequate education or the lack of marketable skills to earn a living wage. My experience assisting individuals and families with legal needs has given me insight into the need for stronger support for the state institutions designed to give our citizens the kind of support they need to stand on their own as contributing members of our community.
Understanding the laws proposed and passed by our legislature, along with many of their unintended consequences, is essential to correcting their failures. Having the skills and experience to craft and negotiate solutions between individuals or groups with competing interests is a necessity to achieving meaningful and effective solutions.
CENTRAL IOWA BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL
Boilermakers, Bricklayers,Carpenters,Electricians, Elevator Constructors, Glaziers, Insulators, Ironworkers, Laborers, Millwrights, Operating Engineers, Painters, Plasterer & Cement Masons, Plumbers and Steamfitters, Roofers & Waterproofers, and Sheet Metal Workers.
What do the men and women that belong to the trade unions listed above have in common? They build things that last. They bring the skills and training that guarantee a quality product to everything they do. And their association, the Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council has endorsed Kent Balduchi in the race for the Iowa House of Representatives, District 30.
What better way to keep our momentum building than to have the confidence of people that bring expertise and quality to the workplace every day? Our campaign is grateful to receive the endorsement of the Central Iowa Building & Construction Trades Council.
We’re determined to build a new and better system that serves working Iowans and their families; a system that views labor as a partner and valuable asset; and a system that respects the right of workers to organize and be heard.
This week I learned that I have received the endorsement of the Iowa Federation of Labor-AFL/CIO. Thank you to the membership and leadership of the Iowa Federation for this vote of confidence.
Now, more than ever, the interests of Iowa’s working families need a voice. We have watched a legislature dominated by representatives hostile those that labor for a living. We have watched as these same legislators squandered precious time in the session over proposed laws to silence the voices of Iowa workers. The final insult has been to devise a budget/tax scheme in secrecy, only to reveal the contents of this poorly devised scheme days before the session is to end. It is a budget that puts the interests of working families at the bottom of the list.
I am honored to receive the endorsement of the men and women that value hard work and that value the good of their communities over personal gain. I pledge to fight for these values. I pledge to put our communities and their citizens ahead of the special interests that would choke effective government out of existence.
This week I received the call that the Police Officers for Good Government have endorsed my campaign for the Iowa House of Representatives seat in District 30. I had the privilege of working side by side with the men and women of the Des Moines Police Department for over twenty years during my time as a firefighter-paramedic with the Des Moines Fire Department. During that time, I personally witnessed the compassion, integrity, and professionalism of these dedicated law enforcement officers. At fires, motor vehicle collisions, and crime scenes I could always depend on the officers of the DMPD to keep the members of my crew safe or to lend that extra set of hands when a life was in jeopardy.
As a practicing attorney during the past twenty years, I have frequently found myself on the opposite side of the table from these same men and women. Even though our goals for some cases were different, one thing remained the same: the officers of the Des Moines Police Department consistently conduct themselves with the same integrity and professionalism I came to expect when we worked together on the street. Their goal is to defend the safety and well being of the citizens they have sworn to protect. They have my admiration and respect.
It takes a special skill set to respond to unknown situations that can turn life threatening in an instant. I know the high standards we’ve come to expect of our police officers are not possible without providing the support and resources to hire, train, and retain the type of exceptional individual that makes an effective law enforcement officer. This requires a commitment from our elected officials at all levels.
I am running for State Representative because I believe our current legislature has lost sight of its primary responsibility to provide for the essential services necessary for the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of Iowa. I am honored to have the endorsement and trust of the Police Officers for Good Government. Please join me in my campaign to return our legislature back to the control of elected officials that put the well-being of Iowans first.
Police Officers for Good Government.
Des Moines Police Burial Association.
Des Moines Police Officers Bargaining Unit Association.
I am pleased to announce receiving the endorsement of AFSCME Council 61 for my candidacy for the Iowa House of Representatives, district 30. I am honored to receive this vote of confidence from the dedicated members of AFSCME that serve the people of our state.
Last year at this time we were still dealing with the shock waves of the Republican led legislature’s evisceration of the public employees’ collective bargaining rights (Iowa Code Chapter 20). All workers deserve the right to negotiate the terms of employment, including wages, benefits, hours of work, and work safety. Public employees work jobs that are unique to governmental s
ervice, jobs that are difficult, if not impossible, to compare to the private sector. Many of these jobs involve hazardous situations where resources and staffing can make the difference between going home whole at the end of a shift or going home at all.
Government’s primary function is to provide essential services. Our expectations on the employees that provide these services is high. Our level of support must match our expectations. That support means more than a pat on the back with one hand and a slap in the face with the other.
Thank you, again, to the members of Council 61 for your trust and support.