Denise O'Brien, Democratic candidate for Secretary of Agriculture, said that her campaign will visit the Storm Lake area this week in its bio-diesel-powered bus.
Denise's daughter will be traveling with the bus to talk with voters.
Kevin Harris Mayle, Denise's son-in-law, collects used cooking oil from restaurants, and then converts the cooking oil to bio-diesel. Now that the bus is on the road campaigning on behalf of Denise, Kevin converts the cooking oil to bio-diesel in the bus while traveling. After highway taxes the bio-diesel costs around 80 cents a gallon.
"My bus shows that there are things that average Iowans can do to be energy independent and save money," the candidate said.
The bio-diesel bus has been running on bio-diesel for over two years, and has logged over 5,000 more miles during the campaign. "People all over Iowa have been really excited about the bus," O'Brien said "especially when people find out the bio-diesel costs only 55 cents a gallon."
O'Brien, an organic farmer from Atlantic, believes "renewable energy is coming to Iowa and the rest of the country. We have to develop our renewable energy sector responsibly, and in a way that Iowans profit from the raw materials that we produce."
On October 3, the campaign hits Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Spencer, Primghar, Cherokee, and Storm Lake.