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Deidre DeJear, the Democratic candidate for governor, speaks with from left, Demarcus Carter, Webster County Supervisor Niki Conrad and Sarah Small-Carter Saturday at Oleson Park. DeJear and other Democratic candidates spoke to about 40 local Democrats during a picnic in the park.

Deidre DeJear wants people across the country to once again look at Iowa as the best place in the country to go to school.

“We know that education is not a partisan issue,” the Democratic candidate for governor said during a Saturday visit to Fort Dodge. “I want to fight to get back to the top. We need leadership that believes we can do better.”

Speaking to about 40 people at Oleson Park, DeJear outlined her plans for improving education. They include:

• Increasing basic aid to public schools.

• Expanding access to early childhood education so that 3- and 4-year-olds can go to school 30 hours a week.

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Tommy Coleman, the Democratic candidate for Webster County Board of Supervisors in District 1, talks to a gathering of Democrats Saturday at Oleson Park.

• Adding training in the trades and health care professions to high schools, a move she said will enable new graduates to get jobs and fill critical gaps in the state’s workforce.

DeJear said she would be willing to take some money from the state’s $1.5 billion savings account, sometimes called the rainy day fund, to accomplish her education goals.

“We do need a nest egg, but that’s more than a nest egg,” she said.

DeJear faces Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in the November general election.

“There is a strong pathway for all of us to be successful in this race,” DeJear said.

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Webster County Supervisor Niki Conrad speaks during a Democratic gathering Saturday at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge.

The key, she said, is for Democrats to “be our best selves” while inviting independents to the Democratic Party.

DeJear was one of five Democratic candidates to speak during the event Saturday.

Ryan Melton, of Nevada, will face U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, in the Fourth Congressional District.

Melton said protecting the rights of voters will be one of his top priorities.

“We need to penalize politicians that are spreading disinformation that threatens our elections,” he said.

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