Recently, one of those "other" candidates, who does not receive the media spotlight like the candidates from the major parties, made a campaign stop in Cherokee.
Jonathan Narcisse, of the self-started Iowa Party, is currently in the middle of a 99-county tour aboard the 'Narcisse For Iowa's Common Sense Express,' a wrapped 30' RV that rolled into Cherokee on Wednesday.
Narcisse spent time visiting downtown businesses and shook a lot of hands during his stop. Narcisse is also promoting his solutions to solve many of Iowa's problems that many feel are in a stalemate.
Narcisse, who lives in Des Moines, is touring the state for the second time in two years, visiting with grass roots organizations, churches, and the media.
Narcisse is a former Des Moines School Board member, publisher and editor of multiple publications, radio show host, and community advocate. During the early part of the decade, he authored a 3,500-page report analyzing the condition of African-Americans in Iowa's 99 counties, and also headed statewide health and education initiatives.
In 2009, Narcisse published "An Iowa Worth Fighting For: A Ten Step Vision Plan for 21st Century Governance." Narcisse evaluates the history of state expenditures versus population, reducing state government, corruption and accountability, tax reform, education reform through parental control and academic entrepreneurship, local control and property rights, public safety and drug interdiction, and immigration reform. The full text can be found at www.AnIowaWorthFightingFor.com.
Narcisse has received more than 400 national, state and local honors and awards, including recognition from the Bush (Sr.), Clinton and Bush administrations nationally, and the Branstad, Vilsack and Culver Iowa gubernatorial administrations.
He is also a several-time state chess champion,and has finished second twice in national chess competitions He also had a 17-0 record as a semi-pro boxer while living in the Washington, D.C. area.
"Iowans have an opportunity every 10 years to implement a Constitutional Convention," says the Des Moines native and independent publisher. "This is an opportunity to repair what we, the people of Iowa, have allowed to break, and in today's broadcasts we will outline how Iowans can do what history has mandated - what free people must do in order to restore a sound and honorable government."
You can view Narcisse's eight-page newspaper, 'Iowa Values: Common Sense Solutions' at www.NarcisseForIowa.com.
Narcisse has one son,Johnce,two daughters, 14 year-old Integrity, and 11-year-old Perseverance, and three grandchildren.