Meet Iowa’s agriculture secretary candidates in midterm elections 2022

Two candidates are competing to represent Iowa as agriculture secretary, leading the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which is responsible for managing land and helping farmers in the state.

Incumbent Republican Mike Naig is running against Democrat John Norwood, founder and managing director of TBL Ventures LLC, an investment banking and finance company.

To help voters, the Des Moines Register sent questions to all federal, statewide and Des Moines area legislative candidates running for political office this year. Their answers have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Early voting begins Oct. 19 for the Nov. 8 elections.

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Who is Mike Naig?

Age: 44

party: republican

Where did you grow up? Palo Alto County

Current town of residence: Urbandale

Education: Bachelor of arts in biology and political science, Buena Vista University

Occupation: Agriculture secretary, farmer

Political experience and civic activities: Secretary of agriculture since 2018

Who is John Norwood?

John Norwood

Age: 58

party: democrat

Where did you grow up? Boston

Current town of residence: West Des Moines

Education: Master of business administration in finance, Yale University; master in medical education in environmental management, sustainability and watershed hydrology, Yale; bachelor’s degree in American history; minor in environmental studies, Williams College.

Occupation: Founder and managing director, TBL Ventures LLC.

Political experience and civic activities: Currently serving as Soil and Water Commissioner for Polk County; directory, Tri Valley Conservancy; board director, American Food Ventures Forum; board member, Ag Ventures AllianceEarthpark Development; VentureNet Iowa; business advisor — 10,000 Small Business Program, Goldman Sachs