I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days driving through Northwest Iowa, where I was born and raised, a few weeks ago with J.D. Scholten, who is taking on Rep. Steve King in the 4th Congressional District.

This is where I learned the value of hard work from my dad who worked as a cop and my mom who made and sold doll houses in the garage and wedding cakes in our kitchen. It's where I learned the value of civic engagement, watching my dad and our community start a Boys & Girls Club and charter a Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter. And it's where I learned the idea of America: that if you work hard, you can do better for yourself and dream bigger for your kids.

More than 30 years later, the people haven't changed. Their values, their commitment to community, and their belief in America remain strong.

This might be Iowa’s most conservative area, putting a premium on fiscal discipline, strong moral values, and American freedoms. As J.D. and I drove his campaign RV — dubbed “Sioux City Sue” —from Sioux City to Storm Lake to Algona (where I grew up), and then to Spencer, Sioux Center and Arnold’s Park, I saw exactly that.

But I also saw that Iowans aren’t satisfied with a wrecking-ball president who is destroying their health care, job stability, and democracy. Many told me they count on Congress to check his destructive policies and behavior. They're tired of being let down and feeling hopeless.

Thank goodness they have found hope in J.D. Scholten, a native Iowan who wants to collaborate to solve their problems and stands ready to protect them from an out-of-control president.

Read the full article at The Storm Lake Times: http://www.stormlake.com/articles/2018/08/29/real-representation-iowa-needs

Original post date: 8/29/18