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JD Scholten Hopes to Win 4th District Next Year


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J.D. Scholten says today he will make another run for the 4thcongressional seat held for 17 years by conservative Republican Rep. Steve King.

The Sioux City native says he will seek the Democratic nomination

Since winning the seat in 2002, King has been re-elected eight times, usually by margins of 20 to more than 30 percentage points until last November. 

And we proved everybody wrong by going out to all 39 counties, multiple times, most of them six times. And just going out, earning respect, and we got 25 thousand more votes than there were registered Democrats in this district.

King also will face competition from three Republican candidates in the primary.  They are Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull, and former Irwin Mayor Brett Richards.  King’s statements about race and immigration create concern and led him to be stripped of his committee assignments.

Scholten is a former minor league baseball player and a paralegal.  Scholten says he'll focus on issues such as health care and the economy.  He is holding a rally tonight in downtown Sioux City and another rally tomorrow in Ames.

A state legislator from Northwest Iowa vowed to proceed with a Second Amendment-themed fundraiser, rejecting calls for him to cancel the event in the wake of two mass shootings that killed over 30 people in Texas and Ohio this weekend.

Rep. Steve Holt, R-Denison, was set to host his 7th annual "Sweet Freedom Celebration & Gun Shoot" fundraiser Monday night in Denison. Announced special guests included U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Caitlyn Dixson, director of Iowa Right to Life.

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