The Issues Our Neighborhood Infrastructure As Mayor, Jack Hatch will improve our neighborhoods – while downtown development has skyrocketed our neighborhoods are being forgotten with too many potholes. Our Water As Mayor, Jack Hatch knows that our number one priority is protecting our water. As a state legislator, Jack Hatch wrote the law that was the largest environmental clean-up program in Iowa. Our Affordable Housing As Mayor, Jack Hatch understands affordable housing is one of our top priorities. Jack Hatch is an award-winning affordable housing builder. Our Community Safety As Mayor, Jack Hatch understands community safety is another top priority. In the state legislature Jack Hatch sponsored legislation for universal background checks in Iowa. Our Mental Health Care Crisis As Mayor, Jack Hatch will address the urgent mental health care crisis that has been ignored in Des Moines. In the Iowa state legislature, Jack Hatch authored the expansion of Medicaid. Our Schools Jack Hatch authored the largest minority college scholarship fund for high school students to attend one of the three state universities.