Unless you’re living under a rock, you haven’t heard that the Iowa embarrassment Steve King finally has a serious contender. J.D. Scholten’s campaign finally put out the press release today that he would indeed be running in the 4th district here in Iowa. Lucky for me, he spent the day in my area today and I got to spend some one on one with him and got to know him. His campaign has been the worst kept secret in the state this year but I’m glad it was kept.
The first thing I noticed about him is that he has something you can’t buy, heart. He says he chose to come to our county first because of his family’s roots in Mason City. He said his parents both met as teachers at the Newman High School. When asked about why he wanted to run he said he felt because of his connections to the different parts of our district and that it was part of him. Moreover that he would best represent it because he’s more like the people who live there than the man representing it currently. He said living abroad people who knew him would ask him about Representative King and if any of the things were true, nobody outside of Iowa should know who our representatives are let alone the embarrassing things they do he stated.
He made a very valid point as Steve King is renowned for his comments and this sentiment resonates with many across both parties, King now faces a Republican challenger. Scholten however is a Bernie style Democrat and he was very well received by everyone at our County Democrat Meeting. He explained to everyone there that with his current job as long as he has internet he can work which will make campaigning very easy, and as an athlete it’s safe to say he’s built to campaign all day and night. He also expressed an extreme interest in working with down ballot races while talking to Representatives Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman.
There are many things about this race that excite me personally, as stated before he is a progressive democrat and moved back home from a very progressive state. Someone like him replacing Steve King could make waves in the federal government. I’m trying to let their campaign talk about the issues, but I’ve heard their campaign say the word “rescheduling” before. As a cannabis activist that’s a magic word and I can’t wait to hear him talking about it.
We the reformists, the party builders, the activists, we are trying to push the narrative as far to the left as possible and I see J.D Scholten as the possible poster boy for our cause. I am behind him one hundred percent and I ask that even if you aren’t in his district that you join this fight too. Steve King and his kind must be gotten rid of and we must not surrender our district to the idea that he can’t be dethroned. J.D. is the type of progressive that we need and I will be doing everything in my power to help him and I invite you to join me.
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Full Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, June 25th, 2017
Sioux City Democrat J.D. Scholten Announces Candidacy for U.S. House Seat Against Steve King
SIOUX CITY, IA – Sioux City Democrat J.D. Scholten formally announced his bid today to run against incumbent Steve King for the U.S. House seat in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. Scholten said about his decision to enter the race:
I’m running for Congress because the 4th District deserves someone who truly represents the people of this district. Like most Americans, I am sick and tired of how divisive politics in this country has become, and how divorced it is from people’s lives. I was raised to believe that hard work, civility, and community are the values we should all aspire to, and I’m committed to bringing the same values and a new energy to this campaign. The 4th needs a voice that cares more about building our district’s future than it does about dividing us apart.
It’s going to take a unified effort to defeat Steve King and restore the voice of the people — our government is supposed to work for the people that live in this district, not for special interests and the privileged elite. I want to put Iowa values back at the center of public service, create new opportunities for Iowa’s middle class, and ensure that Iowans never again need to worry about healthcare as a barrier to living free, productive, and successful lives.
I look forward to being on the campaign trail everyday, meeting voters, listening to their concerns, and earning their support.
J.D. Scholten, a 5th generation Iowan, was born in Ames and raised in Sioux City. He played baseball for Morningside College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with a degree in World/American History, with a minor in Film Studies. After graduating, J.D. pursued a baseball career that allowed him to play in seven different countries. Between baseball seasons, J.D. began a career as a litigation paralegal, specializing in eDiscovery, Intellectual Property law and trials—a career that taught him the ins-and-outs of the law, good governance, and how to fight for people’s rights. He currently works as a freelance paralegal and technical consultant. J.D. is a lifelong Democrat who protested the Iraq war and has volunteered on local, state, and national campaigns.
J.D.’s full bio can be found on his campaign website HERE. Team Scholten will be releasing an official campaign kickoff video and announcing a kickoff event later this week.
Contact: Todd Prieb
Political Director, Scholten4Iowa
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