“There’s so many things better that we could be doing with vaccines, with the rollout. Why aren’t we all vaccinated right now when the vaccine’s available?” he said. “Texas is opening up on Monday. Why aren’t we opening up Monday? What’s going on? We only have 3 1/2 million people.”
No state has come close to vaccinating everyone — only a few have hit 20% vaccinated as of Friday. And though Texas is opening up vaccine eligibility to everyone on Monday, demand was expected to far surpass current manufacturers’ supply.
Swindlehurst was David Kubik growing up in Cedar Falls (he took his wife’s last name in marriage; they are now divorced) and attending the area Catholic schools, graduating from Waterloo Columbus in 1995 alongside astronaut Raja Chari. Swindlehurst peppered Chari references throughout his answers to questions Friday.
“I feel that, with knowing Raja and growing up with Raja, I’ve seen what true leadership is and how to be a leader,” Swindlehurst said. “I feel that I can be a really good leader and bring Iowa together in 2022 and going forward.”
After Swindlehurst graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2000 with a finance degree, he moved up to the Minneapolis area to work in finance and, later, as a pharmacy technician.
He moved back to Cedar Falls about a year ago, noting he wanted to see other native Iowans who moved away come back, too, and suggesting that could be done with more jobs and entertainment options.
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