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Campaigns & Elections

Onsgard Running for Davenport House Seat

Libertarian candidate for the Iowa House, Andrew Onsgard, at a candidates forum this fall.
Libertarian Party of Iowa
Libertarian candidate for the Iowa House, Andrew Onsgard, at a candidates forum this fall.

Too much government regulation and not enough competition - that sums up the positions of one of the candidates from Davenport for the Iowa House. Libertarian Andrew Onsgard is running in District 97 against Democrat Ken Croken.

Onsgard is a member of the state central committee of the Libertarian Party of Iowa, and believes one important area where the government has too big a role is education.

"When a private instituion doesn't work it goes bankrupt. When a public institution doesn't work it gets more funding, it gets expanded. We need more robust competition in the marketplace of education."

He and Croken agree in opposing an expansion of Scott County's juvenile detention center. Onsgard says more cells are not the answer for non-violent drug offenses.

"How many people are we destroying the lives of by locking them up in a cell. At the very least if we don't decrease our burden to the taxpayer, we should at least put it into a better situation where we're supporting the people who have drug addiction problems."

At a recent candidates forum he also said health care needs more competition - instead of expanding Medicare and Medicaid, he would reduce government barriers to entering the market.

"Like many Libertarians I favor completely open borders. I don't think there should be any restriction with regard to immigration across state lines or across national lines."

Not surprisingly, Onsgard would abolish the minimum wage, and given the opportunity, cut a lot of government spending.

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A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.