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A sincere welcome to my fellow citizens of Iowa!  Thank you for visiting my website to check-out the passion I have for running for governor of Iowa and working hard for you!

I don't consider myself a politician.  I am most proud to say I am a public servant and have been for three decades.  As governor, I will continue to view my position as still serving the people's interests and not that of my own.  I won't make a lot of promises because to do so just to get elected is what I have heard for years what voters don't like in political candidates.  If you can't keep the promise, then don't make it.

I want the voters of this state to know that I am a proponent of small, yet effective, government. Government is essential for so many reasons and for so many people, yet, all things considered, government should stay out of our lives and let individuals be in charge of their own destiny. So long as people conduct themselves by the rule of law then keeping government intrusion out of our personal lives should be held sacred.

I have been a public employee for all of my adult life.  I can assure voters, regardless of party affiliation, that front-line public employees are hard-workers.  I have seen many of them work at their finest across this great state at the local, county and state levels.  Every type of work, whether public or private employment, has their bad actors.  They are never representative of the majority.  Public employees work, raise their families, pay their taxes and spend their money in this state just like everyone else.  I believe public employees have received a "bad rap" by politicians who want to demonize the work of public servants as a drain on budgets.  The drain on budgets come from mismanagement at the top, a lack of vision and setting budget priorities. There is considerable spending in government that can be curbed without jeopardizing services and using public employees as the scapegoat for excuses of inefficiency. Therefore, I want all public employees in Iowa, especially state employees, to know that they WILL NOT have an adversary in a Governor Ray.  You will have my full support in conducting the necessary work for serving our constituents. It's also important for taxpayers to know they are getting what they're paying for and many, many taxpayers would be surprised their tax money is not being used effectively and for what many would expect as being fully funded, especially in critical public services.

I will be a law and order governor.  I have devoted 30 years to public safety service to the citizens of Iowa.  Our public safety servants, including law enforcement, fire, and EMS workers throughout all levels of Iowa government will have unprecedented support from their governor if I am elected. In short, I have been in the position to have your backs throughout my career and I will assure each of you that I will continue to stand with you and support you with every ounce of effort I can muster.  I want our public safety and law enforcement personnel in Iowa to be the best trained and equipped forces to protect all Iowans.  

My campaign is one that will assure voters that their governor will serve with honor and integrity and, most of all, that I will be accountable for everything, including the bad. The buck will stop with me as your governor.  In my public safety career, I have answered many a call at 3 AM for emergencies.  The citizens of Iowa can rest easy knowing I am well-prepared to continue answering those urgent calls every hour of every day I serve you.

I have great hopes for our state and you will find on this website many initiatives and changes I would like to see for state government.  I will have some of the best and brightest people working for me should you elect me as your state's chief executive.  They will know they must be accountable, too, and I will hold them to that each and every day they serve all Iowans.

State government needs a serious make-over and I am the candidate with the experience and understanding of government to change these problems and make state government more responsible to each of you.

I would be deeply honored to have each of you stand with me as fellow Republicans, independents and even my Democratic friends to do what is right and fix what is broken and work toward common ground with the top priority of serving the people's business effectively, encouraging bi-partisanship, without political games and gridlock.

My campaign is not a campaign against anyone.  It is a campaign for everyone and trying to make government better, smarter and more efficient while still being effective and reliable to our constituents.  I have a vision of how we can make that happen and, with good people working alongside me, I believe we can accomplish great things for Iowans.

My campaign can only work if those who believe in a similar philosophy tell 20 people about my vision, and those people tell another 20, and so on.  I am blessed to know people all over this state and my goal is to get my message to every county over the next 10 months to make a difference.  It takes money to make a campaign work, so I also ask for your contributions to our campaign.  If regular, hard-working, Iowans desire positive change, we can raise enough money to beat any existing campaign war chests.  I need each of you to stand with me in that endeavor.

I will be the anti-establishment and anti-"good 'ol boy network" candidate in this election.  If elected, I shall serve as governor of, by and for ALL Iowans.


The Power of Positive Change begins with YOU!


May God Bless our great state and may He continue to bless the United States of America,

Steven P. Ray, GOP candidate for Governor of Iowa



Monday, December 11, 2017 5:04 PM

Ray campaign response to DSM Register Iowa Poll

My campaign agrees wholeheartedly with the statement issued below by Brent Roske, independent candidate for governor of Iowa, just last night.

If the DSM Register Iowa Poll has any true meaning it would lay in the fact that there is an increasing movement by Iowa's electorate that desire a new brand of leadership and, with 13 declared candidates, including the governor, and just under 6 months of campaigning before the June 5 primary, voters have choices among several parties to choose a new leader and depart from decades of the same governing philosophy, something I've been hearing from many across the state, including Republicans, which they'd like to see.

I am trying to be positive and promote the real issues that need addressed in Iowa that have been handled recklessly, in some instances, and ignored most of the time. From mental health and Medicaid issues to supporting our public employees and being pro-law enforcement, to ensuring Iowa's government decisions are made in the best interest of Iowans and NOT to special interests, the establishment and its big political machine dominated by big dollars.

Many voters, including many independent voters, could go to the polls June 5 and declare to vote on any party ballot to make a difference for whatever positive change they are seeking. Iowa Republican leaders should take heed that underlying movements may pose a serious threat to the GOP's hold on the governor's office. In fact, even if voters still choose Governor Reynolds as the Republican nominee, I believe strongly she could be quite vulnerable to one of the current Democratic nominees in the general election next November considering the mood and the fluid potential of voters desiring a need to change leadership

I am the only non-establishment GOP candidate for governor, one who will work for Iowans and will not have special interests guiding my policies. If Republicans want a chance at positive, effective leadership and maintaining control of the governor's seat, they should take the remaining months looking at the one candidate that has the experience in government on the front lines, understands what real Iowans want and, most importantly, possesses the personality and record of working well with all types of people and ideologies to come to a consensus of good, commonsense government for our state and the people who desire such.

This election is not over, nor decided yet, as a result of any poll. If you want true leadership, voters have choices. I hope you look seriously at the other options available and I hope I can count on you to support what I can offer to serve you as the next governor of Iowa. I will have all new state executive branch leaders with those best and brightest people working hard with me to bring the very best to ALL Iowans and instill confidence in a stronger future for our beloved state.


"Statement on the Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll on the governor's race earlier tonight:

'The Des Moines Register released their Iowa Poll tonight on the Iowa Governor's race but it was embarrassingly incomplete, forgetting 6 of the declared candidates that were invited and attended the candidate event on mental health the same publication sponsored earlier this week. Every candidate's awareness numbers in tonight's published poll were low, which is surprising with all the money and time that's been spent. I'll be commissioning a new poll to include all 12 candidates. This new poll will show that all the candidates have virtually the same level of awareness to the Iowa voter and that this race is wide open. It's also about fairness. All 12 have filled out the forms, put our names on the line and shown up as candidates. The results will speak for themselves - good and bad - but it's not up to one publication to put forth some names and not all (mistake or not), deciding how democracy is shown to the voters. A team who shows up to the game at least gets their name on the scoreboard and intentional omissions like tonight's will erode the legitimacy of the Iowa Poll.'

Brent Roske
Candidate for Governor of Iowa
Paid for by Roske For Iowa


Monday, December 11, 2017 6:00 AM

Pella Chronicle: Meet Steven Ray: GOP Gubernatorial candidate

Monday, December 11, 2017 6:00 AM

Republican Gubernatorial candidate visits Pella

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:04 PM

Iowa governor candidates lay out plans for mental health

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:00 PM

IN DEPTH: Republican Governor Candidate Steven Ray -- KNIA/KRLS News-Dr. Bob Leonard

Committee to Elect Steven Ray Governor
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