FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2011
City Council Members from Grimes, Davenport, and Council Bluffs join fight for equality
DES MOINES – Iowa Republicans for Freedom (IRFF) chair Sen. Jeff Angelo announced today three new appointments to the organization’s Advisory Board representing cities from across the state. Joining the board will be City Council members Jason Gordon of Davenport, Craig Patterson of Grimes, and Matt Walsh of Council Bluffs.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have these three local leaders joining in our efforts,” said Sen. Angelo. “Since we launched IRFF, we have seen an overwhelming response from people all across the state. Each day, our numbers grow as more and more people realize that conservative principles demand we protect every person’s individual liberties, including the freedom to marry the person we love. I look forward to working with Jason, Craig, and Matt as we bring the conservative movement back to its conservative roots.”
Jason Gordon was elected to the Davenport City Council in 2009. Previously, he worked for Congressmen Jim Leach and Jim Nussle. Jason and his wife, Emily, and two sons reside in Davenport, where he is an active participant in the community. He is the Director of New Business Development for Community Health Charities Iowa, and is a member of the Davenport Rotary.
“I am excited to join the board of Iowa Republicans for Freedom,” said Alderman Gordon. “As a lifelong Republican, I have felt for some time that the party’s strong opposition to same-sex marriage was in stark contrast to the core principles of our party; that is one of a limited government that does not interfere in the personal lives of its citizens. I look forward to working with my fellow conservatives to stand up for individual liberties and protect the rights of every Iowan.”
Craig Patterson was elected to the Grimes City Council in November, 2007, where he has played an instrumental role in implementing new infrastructure projects, expanding economic development, and keeping tax rates low. He currently represents a number of professional organizations before the Iowa Assembly, and has previously served on the Congressional Staff of Rep. Jim Nussle. Craig and his wife, Lynh, have two daughters.
“Far too often, the debate around marriage gets lost in rhetoric, and it is easy to forget what this conversation is really about – the personal freedom to spend your life with the person you love,” said Patterson. “Conservative values tell us that life should be free of government interference, and that is why I oppose any effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would take away the rights of Iowans. I am proud to join the board of Iowa Republicans for Freedom so that every Iowan has a chance to be as happy as me and my wife.”
Matt Walsh has served on the Council Bluffs City Council for 16 years. During his time on the board, Walsh has helped attract new businesses to the city, and expand tourism in Western Iowa.
“When I registered as a Republican, I did so at a time when our party stood for fiscal conservatism and limited government involvement in an individual’s choices,” said Walsh. “Unfortunately, in recent years, we have seen far too much emphasis on social issues. Now, more than ever, it is time for our party to get back to our roots – creating jobs and growing our economy, not social issues that only serve to divide us. As a heterosexual male, I can tell you that the Varnum ruling has had no impact whatsoever on my life, and I know that is true for countless other Iowans. As a member of Iowa Republicans for Freedom, I am excited to stand with Sen. Angelo and my fellow council members from across the state to help change this conversation and move Iowa forward.”
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Iowa Republicans for Freedom is the only statewide organization dedicated to making the conservative case for marriage equality. For more information on the organization, please visit www.iowarepublicansforfreedom.org.
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