4th District Republican Congressman Could Face Off Against Democrat JD Scholten in 2020

Aug 5, 2019

4th District Congressional Candidate JD Scholten (D)

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It looks like Republican Steve King may face off once again against Sioux City’s JD Sholten in the 4thDistrict Congressional race.

The Sioux City Democrat from Sioux City says today he will make a second run for the seat.  King.has held the seat for 17 years.

Scholten says political analysts around the country said that nobody could get close to defeating King.  But Scholten last year Scholten lost to King by only three percentage points, instead of the usual 20.

Scholten says by going out to all 39 counties, multiple times, he got 25 thousand more votes than there were registered Democrats in the 4thdistrict. 

“ . .. from the last cycle.”

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.

King also will face competition candidates in the Republican primary from 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.

U.S. Highway 75 between Sioux City and Hinton will be closed during nighttime hours next week while the Iowa Department of Transportation repairs pavement on the two lanes that are not currently under construction. Work is scheduled to be completed on Aug. 16, weather permitting.