David Swindlehurst

Fiscally conservative, socially progressive

As hometown admires from afar, Cedar Falls astronaut Raja Chari finally blasts off into space

Nov. 11, 2021

CEDAR FALLS — After his flight was delayed for more than a week, NASA astronaut Raja Chari, a Cedar Falls native, blasted off Wednesday evening from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to the International Space Station.

“It was a great ride, better than we imagined,” said Chari, the mission commander, shortly after the spacecraft reached orbit.

He and his three NASA crewmates pulled up Thursday night at the space station, their new home until spring.


Who's running for Iowa governor in 2022? Here are Democratic candidates hoping to challenge Kim Reynolds

Sept. 4, 2021

Iowa’s races for governor are beginning to take shape.

Republicans head into the 2022 cycle with a clear incumbency advantage. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who won her first full term in 2018, is expected to seek reelection.

Republicans have controlled the executive branch since 2011. 

Here’s a look at how the governor’s race is shaping up. Names are listed in alphabetical order. 


CF native David Swindlehurst announces challenge to Gov. Reynolds

March 26, 2021

CEDAR FALLS — David Swindlehurst describes himself as “fiscally conservative, socially progressive” — but doesn’t find his political home within either major political party.

So when he decided to run for governor in 2022, the Cedar Falls native decided to start his own, calling it the Black Sheep Party and modeling it after former President George W. Bush’s style of “compassionate conservatism,” he said.

“I’ve always been conservative, you know, not crazy-right,” Swindlehurst said as he announced his run for governor Friday in front of the Little Red Schoolhouse in Cedar Falls. “Bush, I feel, is as close as possible to where I’m at politically.”

More Americans buy less in pursuit of happiness

December 6, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — David, Christy and Noah Swindlehurst are practicing new math at their Eden Prairie, Minn., town home — minimal addition, maximum subtraction.

While the tradition for most young American families is to acquire more, the Swindlehursts are determined to get rid of as much stuff as they can spare.

“We just worked our way through four dressers, and now we’re down to two,” Christy said, as David reluctantly parted with some T-shirts that held sentimental value.

Mr. Legs contest at the Iowa State Fair

August 16, 2015

Men show off their legs in the Mr. Legs competition at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, August 15, 2015.