SOS candidate responds to criticism

James Q. Lynch
Published: February 26 2010 | 7:32 am - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 8:03 pm in
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Republican Secretary of State hopeful Matt Schultz of Council Bluffs is defending his campaign from criticism that he is erroneously focusing on business development.

What his critics, including incumbent Mike Mauro, fail to realize, the Council Bluffs city councilman said, is that the secretary’s office plays an important role for business in Iowa.

“What my critics and Mr. Mauro forget is that each business day the Secretary of State’s Office receives over 200 telephone calls and emails with business service related questions,” Schultz said. “In 2008, the Secretary of State’s office processed over 175,000 corporate and commercial documents and an additional 127,000 UCC filings.

“Even the Secretary of State’s Web site clarifies its duties stating that ‘the office of the Secretary of State is a now a service center for businesses in Iowa, the nation and the world and is committed to making sure Iowa remains a gateway for the world by being an advocate for Iowa business and products and making government more business friendly.’”

Schultz pledged to be a “pro jobs” SOS “committed to using the people’s office as a bully pulpit for advocating on behalf of business and jobs because a strong business environment is a strong jobs environment.”

“I won't limit myself to just processing paperwork on behalf of our businesses, I will stand beside them advocating for those things that allow them to prosper and employ more Iowans,” Schultz said.

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