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.
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.
College Affordability and a Labor-ready Workforce
While wages have remained stagnant for most middle and low-income families, the costs to attend college and other post-secondary training programs have skyrocketed. Because of this, people are forced to either take on crushing levels of debt or abandon their dreams of a higher education altogether. Kim believes that the future of our country depends on well-educated citizens. Supporting measures to make education affordable and accessible should be a top priority for Congress.Read more
Professor Robert Reich Endorses Kim Weaver for 2018!
Kim Weaver is running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District as the Democratic challenger and has a proven track record of advocating for Iowans in the District.
Kim is proud to be a native Iowan. She was born in Des Moines, graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained her Bachelors in Communications from Iowa State University. After college she married and later moved to Sheldon where she raised her three children and built her career. She appreciates the value of community and the belief in hard work that Iowans hold dear and is dedicated to taking those values to Congress.
Proud Single Mom
In 2003 Kim and her husband separated, but she remained in Sheldon with her three children. During this time, she came to truly appreciate the concern and sense of community she found in her small town.
Kim knows first hand how hard it can be to make ends meet. When her three children graduated from high school and went on to college, like many, they had to rely on Pell Grants, scholarships, and student loans to do so.
Kim believes that having the opportunity to obtain a quality education is critical for all children as well as for the future of our country. Kim Weaver’s children are examples of the importance of dedicated and knowledgeable teachers. Her oldest son graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, her daughter is a second year medical school student at the University of Iowa, and her youngest son is majoring in Geology at Iowa State University.
Kim started her career at Village Northwest in Sheldon, which is a wonderful organization that strives to provide purpose, privacy, and dignity to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a direct care provider, she was fortunate that she could work nights and weekends, so her small children would be home with either their mom or dad.
In 1996 she accepted a position as a Targeted Medicaid Case Manager with the Department of Human Services. During her ten years in that position, she helped to ensure that individuals with serious mental health concerns received appropriate care and that young children with disabilities were able to remain in their family home.
In 2007 she began working for the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman as an advocate for seniors in nursing homes, assisted living programs, and residential care facilities. She oversees a large territory that includes fifteen counties and 124 care providers in Northwest Iowa. Every day she works to protect the health, safety, and rights of individuals residing in long-term care facilities, advocating for what they want and giving a voice to the seniors and their families. Kim’s work has only strengthened her belief that we need to protect Social Security, expand Medicare, and make seniors a priority.
Common Sense Decision Maker
Throughout Kim’s career, she has been tasked with finding common sense solutions to everyday challenges that face the people she advocates for. Sometimes the solutions were simple, other times they were not. Kim understands that our country is facing some serious issues that we desperately need to address, if we want our country to continue moving forward.
At the root of this, Kim deeply believes that “we all do better, when we all do better”. She believes 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 great returns to everyone.
A Bold Voice for Iowans
Kim believes that the people of Iowa’s 4th District need and deserve a voice in Congress. Issues that are important to our livelihood as well as our quality of life have been ignored and replaced with partisan grandstanding. 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. Kim is exactly that person.
This needs to be a team effort. Kim is an average Iowan who still works a full time job to pay her bills and support her kids in college. If you believe it is time that we all have a real voice and a dedicated advocate, then it's time to step up and join Team Weaver.