Spencer Council Member Leann Jacobsen Joins Race Against Steve King

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Leann Jacobsen, Spencer’s sole woman council member and a business owner who had been considering entering the Democratic primary in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District to challenge Congressman Steve King, made her bid official Thursday.

In a press release, she called the race a “historic fight to take back Northwest Iowa for the people,” lamenting the loss of opportunities in rural Iowa and declining local economies as young people leave for bigger cities. She proposed changing that by “put[ting] people — and common sense — over politics.”

Previously, Jacobsen served on the Iowa governor’s STEM Advisory Council and as president of the Technology Association of Iowa, an incubator for small businesses.

She joins paralegal and former baseball player J.D. Scholten, a resident of Sioux City, in the Democratic primary to see who will challenge King in the 2018 general election.

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Gavin Aronsen is an editor and reporter for and founding member of the Iowa Informer. He previously worked as a city reporter for the Ames Tribune, research assistant to investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and in various roles at Mother Jones, where his work contributed to a National Magazine Award nomination for the magazine’s digital media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Email: garonsen [at] iowainformer [dot] com.

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