IDP Progressive Caucus Highlight Their Second Progressive Candidate
“Personally, I stand for equality across the board. I believe that we have a duty to stand up for the disenfranchised. Always. I just want you all to know that I will stand with you and fight.”
-Mason McCoy, Candidate for Iowa House District 3
The following official press release was received by IDPPC Chair Jason Frerichs earlier this morning:
The Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus is proud to highlight caucus member Mason McCoy. Mason is running for Iowa House of Representatives District 3. He is of exemplary character and embodies the ideals of the Progressive Caucus.
Mason is a strong advocate of green energy. He is strongly opposed to the construction of the Bakken Pipeline. He has pledged not to accept any donations from groups associated with the construction of oil pipelines. In response to Governor Branstad’s claim that the Bakken Pipeline does not present a threat to public health or safety, Mason had this to say, “We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and move towards renewable energy sources. The technology is there and getting better all the time. Imagine if the companies spending all this money on pipelines invested in renewable energy technology research instead of funding lobbyists and politicians.”
Mason is also a fierce advocate for access to mental health care. Currently, Iowa ranks 50th out of 50 states in regards to mental health care access. He was made this issue one of the cornerstones of his campaign. On September 14th the Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments on Governor Branstad’s unilateral closing of the mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Mason has vowed to take this fight to the state legislature. He was quoted as saying, “And I can promise you this, Governor Branstad will hear me on this issue. I will stand outside his office with my megaphone if I have to. He will not be allowed to get away with his assault on our mental health system.”
Mason is a strong advocate for equality. On National Women’s Day, he had the
following to say, “How great of a country would we be if it wasn’t only cared about by many people for one day? Personally, I stand for equality across the board. I believe that we have a duty to stand up for the disenfranchised. Always. I just want you all to know that I will stand with you and fight. Win or lose in November, I will still be an activist for equality.”
Mason takes bullying in our schools very seriously. Bullying is a very serious issue that has deadly consequences. Students who are bullied have lower grades and are more likely to drop out than non-bullied students. This has serious ramifications for both the bullied student and society. Studies have shown that getting some sort of training after high school, be it at a university or a technical school, greatly increases one’s income and opportunities for advancement. Bullied students who drop out have very limited opportunities. Mason called out Governor Branstad for his “smoke and mirrors” policy on school bullying due to its lack of any funding.
We ask that everyone pitch in and support Mason’s bid to become out next state representative. He will bring the fight for progressive values to the State House. Mason will work hard to represent all Iowans. Not just the wealthy few or those who agree with him politically. With Mason, it’s not about him. It’s about us. In lieu of donations for his campaign he has asked that people donate to Kim Weaver, who is running for the 4th district congressional seat against Steve King.
Mason McCoy also received an endorsement from the Progressive Rainbow Coalition
Mason McCoy has been a life long resident of Cherokee County, and is now the Democratic candidate for Iowa House District 3 running against Republican incumbent Daniel Huseman.