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Des Moines Sunday Register||StateEditionSunday,May18,2014| Page 5I Tom Hoefling of Lohrville is running in the Repub- l ican primary against Gov. Terry Branstad. The w inner will face state Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, in the general election. TERRY E. BRANSTAD Age : 67 Date of Birth: Nov. 17, 1946 P lace of Birth: Forest City Grew Up: Rural Leland Current home : Des Moines E ducation: Forest City High School, 1965; Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa, 1969; J.D., Drake University, 1974 W ork History: United States Army, 1969-71; Branstad and Schwarm Law Office, 1974-82; president, Branstad and Associates LLC, 1999-2000; Robert W. B aird, 2000-03; president, Des Moines University, 2003-09 Political experience: Iowa House, 1973-79; Iowa l ieutenant governor, 1979-83; Iowa governor, 198399, 2011-present Civic involvement: Rotary; Knights of Columbus; A merican Legion Family: Wife, Chris Branstad; Sons, Eric and Marcus B ranstad; daughter, Allison Costa; six grandchildren under age 8 Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic C ampaign website: Twitter handle: @IowasTeam Facebook page: O ther social media connection information: TOP THREE ISSUES Jobs and economic development: Gov. Branstad b elieves that state government's responsibility is to provide a positive business climate that promotes the growth of quality private-sector jobs through a c ompetitive tax structure and a reasonable regulatory climate. Branstad will continue his hands-on leadership approach in attracting new businesses and encouraging expansion of existing Iowa businesses in order to provide higher incomes and exceptional job opportunities for Iowans. Education: Gov. Branstad believes that Iowa children deserve a world-class education and has signed into law transformational education reform to meet that goal. He believes the teacher leaders hip plan, to be implemented over the next few years, can put Iowa on the path to being recognized as having world-class schools. After dramatic t uition increases during the previous two administrations, Branstad has put in place a tuition freeze in consecutive years for Iowa students at regent universities. The 1990 home-school law and 2013 education reform bill provided further independ- e nce and significant benefits for home-school and private schooling options. Fiscal responsibility: Gov. Branstad put in place a t wo-year budget and five-year budget projections which increased stability and predictability for Iowa taxpayers. The Branstad-Reynolds administration h as remained true to its promise to reduce the size and cost of state government by reducing state government by more than 1,000 employees. The g overnor and lieutenant governor will continue looking for efficiencies throughout all of state government. Branstad wants Iowans to keep more o f their hard-earned money and believes all taxpayers should see tax relief. Branstad signed the largest property tax cut in state history in 2013, p roviding record tax relief for Iowans. GOVERNOR: REPUBLICAN TOM HOEFLING Age : 53 Date of birth : Dec. 20, 1960 Place of birth : Omaha, Neb. Grew up : Ralston, Neb. Current home : Lohrville Education: Attended Early and Climbing Hill schools in Iowa and R alston schools in Nebraska; received General Equivalency Diploma from Nebraska Work history : Longtime national conservative p olitical activist, writer, publisher, organizer, and consultant Political experience : Longtime national conserva- t ive political activist, writer, publisher, organizer, and consultant; former member of Iowa Republican state central committee; played wide range of r oles in many campaigns in Iowa and across the country; longtime close associate of diplomat and presidential candidate Alan Keyes; founder and chairman of America's Party, a nonpartisan national citizen activist committee C ivic involvement: Tom is a longtime national c onservative political activist, writer, publisher, organizer and consultant. He is known primarily for his pro-life work and his defense of traditional m arriage. He has also been a longtime advocate for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, private property rights, economic liberty, f undamental tax reform, secure borders, and the m aintenance of American sovereignty and security through a Reaganite peace through strength foreign policy. Tom is the primary author of the Equal P rotection for Posterity Resolution, which is revolutionizing how Americans look at what must be done to stop the abortion holocaust. F amily: Wife, Siena; 10 children, two foster children, two grandchildren. Religious affiliation : Christian C ampaign website: Twitter handle: @TomHoefling Facebook page: pages/ Tom-Hoefling/123879220975254 LinkedIn page: view?id=3662463&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile TOP THREE ISSUES Individual rights: Equal protection of our God- given, unalienable rights C onstitutional government: Preservation of our constitutional, republican, representative form of self-government G overnment reform: Fundamental governmental, tax, education and regulatory reform ELECTION 2014 Jacobsen, 64, spied t hem in a heap a few m onths ago when he inspected the Register’s former digs at 715 Locust S t. on behalf of his client, TWG Development of Indianapolis, a potential buyer of that storied, 13- floor chunk of downtown real estate. He called upon his local network of histo- r y lovers and transferred t he papers to this warehouse. R ecently I wrote about t he Iowa Visual History C enter stored at Grand View University. The nonprofit was founded by Senior News Director Randy Brubaker, who died earlier this month. That collection contains an estimated 100,000 Register &Tribune images and corresponding newspa- p ers from the 1940s to the 1 990s. B rubaker chose to focus on that 50 years of h istory and a collection that was largely intact. I don’t fault him or anybody else for not clearing every last scrap out of 715 Locust. Attempts were made. And had Brubaker’s gar age been 13 stories tall he probably would have shipped everything over there. So these underground historians, with crucial s upport from a sympathetic Register staffer, became unlikely saviors of our tangible history, diverting these crumbling bound volumes from flea markets or the dump. S ome of this material w hen properly catalogued and digitized may flesh out gaps in existing microfilm archives. J acobsen last week l eafed through some of the p apers, brittle pages that s eem as large as bedsheets by today’s standards. The eye-popping rotogravure sections were dominated b y giant, vivid photos, s uch as an aerial shot of t he Iowa State Fairgrounds. Afull-page ad for Herbert Hoover’s presidential c ampaign in 1928 included h is pledge for “agricultur- a l relief.” (Of course what arrived the following year for the American economy was rather the opposite of r elief.) News on the front page o f the Capital precisely a century ago (May 18, 1914) relayed alarm over a “secret” Des Moines City Council meeting to help quell controversy between t he city and railroads over how to fund construction o f the Seventh Street bridge and viaduct. (Nobody was tweeting live from city hall at that time, b ut don’t the petty dramas a lways sound remarkably s imilar no matter the era?) All this brittle history w as rescued on a frigid, snowy Saturday in February, with a 26-foot-long truck, and then sorted in the warehouse. “Honestly it was an amazing experience,” said Sam Erickson, COO of C ommunity Housing Ini- t iatives and one of the helpers. “You’re holding a 120-year-old newspaper in your hand. The thought t hat you could lose those w as something I couldn’t l ive with.” “ It was a long, dirty evening with a lot of heavy lifting and probably exposure to mold,” she added. “ It was still worth it.” H ow did this retro rebel a lliance know where to move its mountains of history? One of the history nuts w ho heard about the pro- j ect through the grapevine w as Bill Friedricks, a professor and director of the Iowa History Center at Simpson College in India nola who has written a book on the Register and b iographies of local business titans. (He’s currently at work on a book about the Weitz Co.) Coincidentally, Friedricks had just lunched w ith Bruce Kelley, CEO of EMC Insurance Group, the d ay before Jacobsen called to ask where he might store 1,152 big books. “ I’m sorry to get back t o you right away,” Fried ricks told Kelley, “but we have this emergency.” K elley was predisposed to be compassionate. He earned a history degree from Dartmouth, where he wrote his senior thesis on political voting trends in the 1890s in Iowa. “The main thing is that t hese Registers need to be i ndexed so they can be used,” Kelley said. Not to mention the insurance executive has a mple shelf space. E MC information tech- n ology guru Traci Larsen i s aware of the somewhat absurd dichotomy of her job: She’s a manager of computer infrastructure w ho also oversees about 3 0,000 boxes of paper i nsurance records in her company’s two warehouses on the south side of downtown. U nlike the news busi- n ess, where our record- k eeping more or less is self-imposed, insurance companies’ storage is dictated by law. B ut today it’s also much more digital. S o Larsen has overseen the culling of EMC’s boxes of paper even as she has prepared her colleagues this year for all email more than seven years old t o be automatically dumped. I n the process EMC has unearthed its own treasures in the former Carpenter Paper warehouse, i ncluding a filing cabinet, L arsen said, that held the o riginal articles of incorporation of the Provid ence, R.I., branch that date back to 1864. Mere weeks after the underground historians shuffled their papers out of 715 Locust, the nearby Y ounkers Building was gutted in a March 29 blaze. Embers drifted across the skyline to alight on top of the EMC warehouse — a sad, chilling reminder of h istory’s whims in choosing what is preserved. In the wake of Younkers, 715 Locust has been bumped up a notch, Jacobsen said, in terms of downtown historical status. To t hat end, Jacobsen secured t he first round of approval for both state and federal historic tax credits that can fund nearly half the c onstruction cost of a r ehabilitation and should l and the building on the N ational Register of Historic Places. What becomes of the underground historians’ t reasure has yet to be d ecided. Perhaps it will be a dopted by a college. For now it’s safe; and thanks to the increasingly paperless insurance indus- t ry, there’s no immediate t hreat that it will lose its s helf space. Although Kelley is an ally to the underground historians, don’t expect h im to delve into the stacks himself and write a n ew thesis on 19th century Iowa politics. “We’re trying to sell insurance,” he said of his focus. Irealize that the insur- a nce business is lucrative. But a mercenary once t old me that history pays, too. Kyle Munson can be reached at 515-284-8124 or kmunson@ See more of his columns, blog posts and video at DesMoines- Connect with him on Facebook (Kyle Munson's Iowa) and Twitter (@KyleMunson). EMC employees Lori Drafahl, left, and Traci Larsen look through a bound volume of The Des M oines Register. More than 1,100 volumes, plus titles such as The Des Moines Capital, were saved from the newspaper's former building at 715 Locust. MARY WILLIE/REGISTER PHOTOS MUNSON Continued from Page 1I VIDEO ONLINE Visit with the ringleader of the underground historians and see the warehouse lair where the group stashed its treasures in a video at DesMoines . While the majority of the bound volumes saved from the former Register building are in excellent condition, some tattered pages are showing their age. Some of the bound volumes date as far back as 1866. leader at Scavo and presi- d ent of the CC+10 Foundation. Cameron is Brian Carico’s nephew and a cousin to t he late Cameron Carico. The foundation takes its name from a running gag a mong the cousins in Cameron Carico’s family. Cameron was the youngest in a g roup that often golfed together. “Cameron might beat me on a hole and start saying, ‘I’m better than Mike,’” recalled Michael Cameron. “We came up with this scoring system where if Camero n said something silly, we’d say, ‘Oh, Cameron, that’s -10.’ And if he said something funny or smart, we’d give him a +10.” When Cameron Carico died, his cousins wanted to keep the memory of Cameron’s many “+10s” alive by giving them to as many other people as possible. A “+10” could be a hug or a compliment or a donation or community service. The foundation hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money. They’ve made d onations to UnityPoint Heath and Orchard Place to p romote mental health care for youth. They brought a Christian rock band to town t o play for young people. And they took some upscale senior portraits for Scavo students. Scavo has offered free senior portraits to students who couldn’t afford them for several years. A staff member took basic pictures outside the building. But Brian Carico got some new photography equipment for Christmas. And when Michael Cameron asked his uncle if he would pitch in with the annual senior portraits, Caric o quickly agreed. The result is a selection o f warm and fun portraits of 13 Scavo students — including one who didn’t want t he pictures but showed up at the insistence of his mom. “It was a really good time,” Brian Carico said. Brian Carico is not the type of man who dwells on his grief. He feels it, of course. Sometimes in big, painful chunks and he isn’t sure how to carry on. But as a high school principal, he is around young people every day. He feeds off their energy, their potential and their hope. Carico still coaches baseball — a T-ball team of 7 -year-olds. He tries to make all the major events f or his daughter, a Johnston High School freshman. That’s part of the reason he got the job at Waukee after just one year in Indianola. It’s closer to home. “ My daughter said to me last week, ‘Hey Dad, it’s nice to see you for the first time this week,’” Carico said. “I knew it was time to make a change. I need to be with my family.” Cameron Carico is gone and that hurts his family every day. It is the kind of grief from which one never quite recovers. They just make their peace with the pain as a part of who they are now. “The best thing you can do is try to give someone e lse a +10,” Brian Carico said. Brian Carico wears a bracelet to help remember his son, Cameron. Family photos and photos of his son decorated his office when he was principal at Johnston Middle School in spring 2013. Cameron Carico took his own life in January 2012. ANDREA MELENDEZ/REGISTER FILE PHOTOS CARICO Continued from Page 1I

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