Iowa City Press-Citizen: Alternative Party Candidates Speak Up at Iowa City Forum

(The following was originally published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.)

Third-party and independent candidates gathered at a forum Wednesday in Iowa City to introduce themselves to potential voters and speak about a range of issues.

Candidates responded to questions from listeners on topics such as sparking change through alternative political approaches, police militarization, legalizing marijuana, controlling government spending and approaches to education.

Speakers at the forum, attended by about 25 people, were U.S. Senate candidates Rick Stewart, Doug Butzier and Ruth Smith; Iowa Governor candidates Lee Hieb, Jonathan Narcisse and Jim Hennager; Iowa Secretary of State candidate Jake Porter; and Iowa State Treasurer Keith Laube.

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