- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - NAME: Paul Pate

AGE: 56

POLITICAL PARTY: Republican

RESIDENCE: Cedar Rapids

OCCUPATION: President and owner of Pate Asphalt, a paving company

EDUCATION: Associates degree from Kirkwood Community College.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Running his business for 34 years. Held several elected offices.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served in the state Senate from 1989 to 1995. Secretary of state, from 1995 to 1999. Mayor of Cedar Rapids 2002 to 2006.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Will work with County auditors to bring better technology to the voting process.

QUOTE: “We don’t want to be in Illinois. We don’t want to hear jokes about vote early, vote often. Iowa takes elections very seriously.”

NAME: Brad Anderson

AGE: 39

POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat

RESIDENCE: Des Moines

OCCUPATION: Public relations and communications work for LPCA Public Strategies and Link Strategies

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: State director for President Barack Obama in 2012. Worked on campaigns for U.S. Sens Tom Harkin and John Edwards.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: In addition to his campaign work, he has worked on causes and ballot referendums in Iowa, including an effort for a new public safety center in Johnston in 2011.

TOP GOALS IF ELECTED: Increase participation through technology improvements like online registration and permanent absentee voting. Modernize office and simplify business licensing process.

QUOTE: “This is about arguably one of the number one civil rights issues facing our generation, which is the right to vote. I believe I am the only candidate in the race that will continue the bipartisan tradition of expanding the access to the polls.”

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