Two more Republicans throw hats into Senate District 15 primary race

Kum & Go exec, former Iowa GOP co-chair join former Jasper Co. GOP chair in race to face Black in November

The Republicans in Iowa Senate District 15 will have a full-on primary come June 3. Today, a Kum & Go executive and the former co-chair of the state party announced they will each seek the GOP nomination to face Sen. Dennis Black in the November General Election.

Crystal Bruntz of Baxter, a human resources executive with Kum & Go, announced her bid shortly before the noon hour Thursday. Her campaign will focus on fiscal responsibility and education, she said in the official announcement.

Bruntz declared herself a "proponent for responsible budgeting principles." She said, through her job, she sees how government regulation impacts the daily life of Iowans, calling it a burden that must be eliminated.

“Iowans have to live within their means and government at all levels should do the same. Those charged with the stewardship over our tax dollars would be wise to remember that a government should not spend more than what it collects in taxes and fees,” she said. “With the federal government overstepping these bounds, states are put in a position of forced spending. The state government must adhere to the law and not waste Iowa taxpayer money. A state in a strong financial position will be capable of adjusting to changing situations without creating additional hardships for taxpayers.” 

Bruntz grew up in the Ames area, and attended school in the Nevada public school district. After high school, she attended Central College in Pella, where she obtained a degree in accounting.

She has lived in the Baxter area for the past 25 years and with her husband, Jordan, has two children. As a parent and Iowan concerned about the state's future, she said she gives education a top priority.

“Education directives should be in the hands of the parents and they should be able to determine what is best for their child: public, private, or home-schooling,” Bruntz said. “We must also embrace new methods and technologies to enhance learning at all levels.”

Bruntz said she is excited to start meeting the voters of Iowa Senate District 15.

“I look forward to listening to issues important to Iowans and sharing my vision for the future,” she said.

A few hours after her announcement was publicized in the media, Iowa GOP Co-Chairman David Fischer announced he had resigned his position in the state party apparatus to seek the Senate District 15 nomination. The Altoona Republican was previously linked to a possible U.S. Senate run, but announced he would not seek the GOP nomination in that race last month.

"Just announced my resignation as Co-Chairman of Iowa GOP to run for Iowa Senate in District 15," he announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter. "Get ready for a fun, aggressive campaign!"

Fischer is a self-employed engineer, according to Federal Election Commission reports. In 2012, he served as the Iowa co-chair for Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign. Fischer has not yet made an official announcement, aside from his Thursday afternoon tweet, about his campaign.

Iowa Senate District 15 is currently represented by Sen. Dennis Black (D-Lynnville). Former Jasper County Republican Party chairman Patrick Payton of Newton has also announced his candidacy for the June 3 Republican primary election.