Sioux City Journal | Bret Hayworth | 6/17/16
SHELDON, Iowa | Before heading to a series of Iowa Democratic Party meetings earlier this week, Kim Weaver stopped to get gasoline in Sheldon. A man there asked if she was still running for a congressional seat.
Weaver answered affirmatively, and the man shared how he had voted in the June 7 Republican Party primary, where U.S. Rep. Steve King had been unsuccessfully challenged by Rick Bertrand.
She recounted: "This guy said, 'Well, I voted for Bertrand. That didn't work out.' I joked, I said, 'Well, now you can vote against Steve King twice.' And he said, 'I will be.'
"I have Republicans who come up to me all the time who say, 'You have my vote.' I have Republicans who send me emails, saying, 'I am a Republican, but I can't vote for him again.'"
Blog For Iowa | Dave Bradley | 6/1/16
One more reminder that the Iowa primary is next Tuesday, June 7th from 7AM to 9PM.
The big draw for democratic primary voters across the state this year is the opportunity to choose an opponent for Chuck Grassley for this falls election.
Even before Grassley’s strange behavior concerning filling the SCOTUS vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia four or five months ago, Grassley’s behavior during this term has been that of the ultimate party insider whose first concern is how any move will affect the party. With the death of Scalia Grassley who has been obstructor-in-chief behind the scenes for senate Republicans has deservedly become the national face of Republican obstruction and the face of a do nothing Congress.
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.
Daily Kos | Occupy2016 | 1/21/16
Everyone knows who the idiot from Iowa is: Steve King. As politicians go, King is pretty much one of the worst.
There really isn’t a need to discuss all the details, as most people already know what Mr. King is all about.
Here is an alternative: www.weaverforcongress.com
Kim Weaver is running against King in 2016. She needs ALL the support she can get. There are a lot of Iowans out here that simply don’t even know someone is running against him.
KICD | August 2015
Sheldon, IA (KICD)–The 4th District Congressional race in Iowa has a new contender.
Democrat Kim Weaver, a Des Moines native who has lived Sheldon for the past 24 years, worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services for 10 years, worked direct care for Village Northwest and now serves as local long term care ombudsman for the Iowa Department on Aging.
SoundCloud Link to Radio Interview (Part 1)
Immigration reform, declining population, elder abuse and student loans are some of Weaver’s top issues to tackle if elected.
SoundCloud Link to Radio Interview (Part 2)
Republican Steve King has represented Iowa’s 4th District since it was established in 2012 and was first elected to Congress in 2002.
RadioIowa | O. Kay Henderson | 8/18/16
Two Democratic candidates have emerged as potential challengers to two of Iowa’s Republican congressmen. Kim Weaver of Sheldon — the chairwoman of the O’Brien County Democratic Party — hopes to be the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Congressman Steve King in 2016.
“Every day we wake up to have one of the most ineffective and offensive members of congress representing us in Washington,” Weaver said.
Weaver announced her candidacy this past weekend during the Iowa Wing Ding in Clear Lake where more than 2000 Democrats cheered her on — and booed King.
“Hardly a week goes by without him making some kind of derogatory comment and this has to stop,” Weaver said.
Weaver supports raising the minimum wage, opposes “privatizing” Social Security and Medicare and she described herself as “strongly pro-choice.”
“I believe that women should determine their health care and not have it dictated to them by Steve King,” she said.
Bleeding Heartland | @desmoinesdem | 8/15/15
While the four presidential hopefuls attracted the most attention at last night’s "Wing Ding" in Clear Lake, some big Iowa political news preceded their pitches. Kim Weaver delivered her first major speech as a Congressional candidate in the fourth district. Given the smooth delivery, I would never have guessed she hasn’t run for office before.
After telling the audience a little about her background, Weaver talked about some of her key issues: protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; supporting the middle class; raising the minimum wage; fighting to change a “predatory” student loan system; supporting women’s access to health care; immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship; clean water and environmental protections. The packed house frequently applauded, especially loudly when Weaver said, “These are some of the things I stand for. What I stand against is Steve King.” Iowa Democrats love to hate King. Weaver argued the seven-term incumbent “doesn’t represent Iowa values,” citing his offensive comments about immigrants and votes against Katrina aid and even a Farm Bill (because he thought it contained too much hunger assistance).
Weaver’s campaign is online at WeaverforCongress.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Her website contains brief statements on most of the issues her stump speech covered. After the jump I’ve posted her announcement video and excerpts from her official bio.
Des Moines Register | William Petroski | 8/17/15
Kim Weaver, a state employee from Sheldon, has announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
The district, which covers 39 counties in north-central and northwest Iowa, is now served by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron. It includes Ames, Fort Dodge, Sioux City and Mason City. Weaver is the first Democrat to declare her intent to run in the June 2016 party primary.
Weaver, 53, grew up in Des Moines and was previously a Medicaid case manager for the Iowa Department of Human Services. She currently works for the state’s long-term-care ombudsman, protecting people in nursing homes and assisted living centers. She is a union member with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Weaver announced her candidacy Friday night at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Wing Ding event in Clear Lake. She said King doesn’t represent Iowa values and has embarrassed Iowans with attacks on immigrants and minorities.
“Our nightmare has to end. We have to defeat Steve King,” she said.