Iowa Daily Democrat | 4/28/16
My name is Kim Weaver, and I’m running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District to defeat Steve King. I was born in Des Moines and obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. In 1991 I moved to Sheldon in far northwest Iowa, where I’ve raised my three children and built my career.
In 2002 I became a single mom. I know firsthand how hard it can be to make ends meet. All three of my kids now have graduated from high school and gone on to college. Like most of our kids, they had to rely on Pell Grants, scholarships, and student loans to do so. I believe that having the opportunity to obtain a quality education is critical for all children as well as for the future of our country. I believe that we must make college affordability a priority so that young adults who have the determination and drive to succeed are able to do so.
My daughter is a wonderful example of drive and determination. She is a medical student at the University of Iowa. Her college debt, just like many young adults, is staggering. I predict that student loan debt is our next national financial crisis if we don’t act now. To solve this, I would implement a long-term volunteer program that would result in student loan deferment and forgiveness. While some may question how we will pay for this, I say we can’t afford not to address it. Additionally, the economic stimulus as a result of new grads having disposable income and the savings for the programs they volunteer through would prove to offset any costs.
Kim is running in the Fourth District, NW Iowa against Steve King.
I was raised to believe that people, all people, matter. I’ve dedicated my career to giving people a voice. For the last eight of those years I’ve worked as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman with the Iowa Department on Aging as an advocate for seniors in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. This work has only strengthened my belief that we need to protect Social Security, expand Medicare, and make seniors a priority.
Throughout my career I’ve been tasked with finding common sense solutions to everyday problems. Right now, our country is facing some serious issues that we desperately need to address if we are to continue moving forward. At the root of all of this, I deeply agree with the late Senator Paul Wellstone when he said, “we all do better, when we all do better”. I believe that when people are given an opportunity to succeed it has a deep ripple effect in our communities that benefits each and every one of us. Supporting students, farmers, seniors, families, and people who struggle is an investment that will bring much greater returns than only supporting those who really don’t need any help.
Iowans need and deserve a real voice in Washington. Issues that are important to our livelihood as well as our quality of life have been ignored and replaced with partisan grandstanding. I know that progress is possible if we focus on creating common sense solutions to the challenges so many of us face daily.
We have a unique opportunity this election to embrace progress and real change if we come together with a united voice. The only way we can create a brighter future is to work together. It is time to send someone to Congress who believes it is better to get things done for the people than it is to make political statement. I am that person.