Cindy knows that education is not a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, some students should go to college, some should go to a trade school or receive union training, and some should learn on the job. Bigger is not better. Children learn best in their own communities and Cindy supports small community schools such as those that her daughters graduated from.

Economic Health

Great jobs for Iowans result from successful businesses and farms. Government’s role is to level the playing field, protect the environment, and then get out of the way and watch the magic happen.

Cindy grew up working in her family’s business of making gym mats. Following her parents’ example, she has started several successful businesses and provided employment to scores of Iowans.

Cindy, along with her husband Joe, founded Advancement Resources.  Together they served businesses, hospitals and universities for over twenty years.  It has grown into a global provider of training and consulting services.

Simultaneously, Cindy owns and operates several farms, including her Sweet Maple Farms brand that produces premium Iowa maple syrup and grass horse hay.

Family Values

Cindy and Joe have six children and 21 grandchildren. Their children grew up working on the farms and in the businesses. The family attended church services together each week and the kids were active in youth groups. The Golding family values working together and playing together. A family reunion of kids, spouses, and grandchildren is a loud and boisterous affair and generally includes water sports.

Landowner Rights

Cindy is a staunch defender of landowner rights and has been active in several issues where government overreach has threatened property owners. In particular, she has been frustrated where eminent domain has been used for private gain.

“Landowner rights” means that landowners may use their property, but must respect their neighbors. The state has the responsibility to ensure that projects on one tract do not cause harm to other owners.

Rural vs Urban

Cindy has served on the Linn County Farm Bureau for over 22 years and has been an extremely active proponent of agricultural and rural issues to the state legislature. Cindy led a group fighting against aggressive involuntary annexation of huge swaths of rural land, taking this action all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court (where they won!). Cindy continues to fight to ensure rural-urban cooperation as opposed to urban dominance.

Small Town and Rural Economic Health

Small towns are essential for the economic health of rural Iowa. That’s where we in rural Linn County find community, support civic clubs, educate our children, and celebrate graduations. Cindy supports rural economic health and local schools in the State House.

Cindy Golding doesn’t just talk about these issues.

She’s been actively representing you in the Iowa legislature.