Zach Wahls (D)
Hometown: Iowa City
Education: University of Iowa
Education: Wahls opposes cutting budgets of higher-education institutions. He criticizes incentives for private K-12 school students such as Education Savings Accounts and vouchers.
Health Care: Wahls supports bringing Medicaid under state management, recommitting state funding to Planned Parenthood and expanding access to mental-health care facilities.
Jobs/Economy: Wahls supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and wants to strengthen the collective-bargaining abilities of public-sector unions.
Environment: Wahls studied environmental protection and renewable energy at the UI. He supports more funding for water-quality projects and expanding solar energy.
Carl Krambeck (L)
Hometown: Clarence, Iowa
Education: Buena Vista University, Kirkwood Community College, A.S.
Education: Krambeck supports shifting money from universities to community colleges because he believes they give Iowa a more skilled workforce.
Health Care: He believes over-the-counter birth control and allowing patients to participate in non-FDA approved experimental treatments will expand free-market health care. He supports state-run Medicaid and ending Certificates of Need.
Jobs/Economy: Krambeck supports tax cuts and elimination of the bottom tax bracket. He wants to legalize marijuana, sports betting, and grant more casino licenses.
Environment: Krambeck hopes to bring more sustainable energy to Iowa by investing in nuclear energy over coal and natural gas.