Jon Neiderbach for Governor

Bold New Leadership Not Beholden To Any Special Interest

“I respectfully ask for the vote of every Iowan who is fed up with politics and government as usual. No matter whom you supported in the past, whether you are registered as a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent, if you are sick of corrupt politics, grossly mismanaged government, and politicians who put big business and the rich ahead of the rest of us, then I ask for your support and I need your help.”

Values and Goals

Jon believes that Iowans should stand tall for our values and aim high in our goals. Here are some of the values and goals that illustrate how Jon approaches policy and budget issues. What values and goals do you consider important? Please send us an email with your ideas and suggestions (

  • Iowa’s politics and government policy should not be dominated by the wealthy and big business.
  • Every Iowan, no matter where they live, should have the ability to achieve the American Dream of financial security and upward mobility, relying on a first-class education, opportunities for employment, help with entrepreneurship, and hard work.
  • Food, housing, and medical care for both physical and mental health should be available and accessible to all Iowans.
  • Discrimination and bigotry are incompatible with Iowa values and should be identified and addressed.
  • The quality of Iowa’s water, soil, and air must be protected and pollution must be made uneconomical.
  • Mental health and substance abuse issues are best treated in a medical setting, not in the criminal justice system.
  • Taxes should be progressive – levied according to the ability to pay – and should encourage hard work and savings.
  • Iowans deserve good stewardship of their tax dollars, with government leaders constantly assessing how to make operations more efficient, effective, streamlined and simplified.

This is an ambitious list, and it will not be entirely accomplished in one year or even four. But in decades past we were not afraid to be bold and ambitious, indeed we embraced the challenge and knew that the journey to achieve such challenges made us better.

President John Kennedy once said “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win”. 

I invite you to join me on this journey to once again set ourselves to achieving hard things.

Just Two Promises

“Too many politicians forget that politics are a means to an end, not the end in itself. Winning elections is meaningless unless winning elections results in a better life for Iowans. Simply substituting one political party for another is no guarantee of this happening if the policies and the special interests calling the shots remain the same. I make only two promises.

  • The first is that as your Governor I will be beholden to no one but the Iowa voters. I will accept no more than $500 from any donor in the primary.
  • The second is that nobody you can vote for in 2018 will do more to shake up Iowa government to make it more efficient, effective, and responsive to the needs of Iowans. I have the passion, knowledge, and skills to go after every sacred cow, every outdated policy, and every wasteful practice in order to improve government services, save taxpayer money, and most importantly make a better life for all Iowans.”


Jon’s Background and Experience

  • Fourteen years experience with the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, providing objective research and analysis both Democrats and Republicans relied upon for budget and policy decisions
  • Fifteen years experience with the Iowa Department of Human Services, working with technology and administration such as improving Child Support services and collections and increasing recovery of government benefits that we overpaid, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • Former member and President of the Des Moines School Board, where he fought for budget priorities that put teachers and educational services ahead of administrators and bureaucracy.
  • Former Board member of Polk-Des Moines Taxpayers, where he reviewed local finances to ensure good budgeting and spending practices.
  • Former Board member of Proteus, an organization that provides medical and training services to migrant workers.
  • Former Treasurer of the Iowa PTA.
  • Grinnell College (BA ’78), University of Oregon School of Law (JD ’81)