Kim Weaver seeks to oppose U.S. Rep. Steve King

Des Moines Register | William Petroski | 8/17/15

Kim Weaver seeks to oppose U.S. Rep. Steve King

Kim Weaver, a state employee from Sheldon, has announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

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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.

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