PHOTO: Gail Boliver from Marshalltown spoke to a small group of local residents at Java Jones on Dec. 30. Boliver just announced his Republican candidacy for the U.S. Congress in the First District for 2014. He described his political views as “moderately Republican,” meaning fiscally conservative, yet socially moderate. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
Attorney Gail Boliver was in Monticello earlier this week, Dec. 30, to meet with voters and get his name out to the public. Boliver, from Marshalltown, recently announced a run for the Republican candidacy for the U.S. Congress in the First District for the 2014 election.
This was his third visit within the First District.
“I’m trying to broaden my exposure,” he said to a small group of constituents at Java Jones coffee shop in Monticello. “I want to give voters another candidate to choose from.”
Boliver explained that he considers himself a “moderate Republican,” meaning he’s fiscally conservative, yet socially moderate. “It’s a position that’s not offered with the other three Republican candidates,” he said. (The three other Republican candidates running include Rod Blum of Dubuque, Steve Rathje of Cedar Rapids, and Jason Welch of Grimes.)
Boliver has 25 years of military experience in the Air Force, something he said that sets him apart from the other candidates as well.
“It’s something I bring to the race that distinguishes me.”
After serving for several years he entered law school and then continued on active duty as a legal (JAG) officer, utilizing his educational background. He’s been practicing law for 30 years now.
Over the years, he served in the National Guard and Reserves stateside and overseas in Japan and Panama.
As far as the issues, Boliver said first and foremost, he does not appreciate overregulation by the government.
“The government needs to stay out of our moral values,” he said.
When it comes to immigration, Boliver said he sees it firsthand living in Marshalltown, a city that has been inundated with immigrants living and working and attending school there.
“Marshalltown has a heavy population of immigrants,” he said. “Many businesses are operated by immigrants.”
He said many have the idea that if we (the U.S.) closed the Mexico/U.S. border, that would fix the illegal immigration problem. Boliver said that is not the solution.
“Sending illegals home adversely affects our economy,” he said. He explained immigrants are living here, spending money here and attending the schools. “They are filling unskilled jobs.”
The United States’ $17 trillion debt, in his mind, “is too high.
“If we don’t fix it now, we’ll be like Greece in 2030,” he said, referring to Greece’s financial crisis over the last few years. “We need to get a grip on our debt sooner so it’s easier to manage.”
Boliver offered eliminating entitlements, which he said do not solve the budget problems the U.S. is facing.
“We can’t have our government carrying everybody and work the way it should be,” he said.
He said both sides of the fence need to listen to each other, Democrats and Republicans.
Boliver said many people feel there should be cuts to the budget; however, he said, “I’m not in favor of one particular cut. We need to look at what is not a priority. We have to get it under control or we won’t survive.”
When it comes to healthcare, Boliver simply said, “It’s a disaster.”
He feels the healthcare market needs competition within the medical system. He plans to spend time within the First District visiting with hospitals and physicians and administrators, seeking their thoughts on the Affordable Care Act.