Working while running

Daily Times Herald | Douglas Burns | 9/19/16

Working while running

Democratic congressional candidate heavily focused on nursing home, assisting-living issues for seniors

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Getting old can bankrupt a middle-class Iowan. And that’s just flat wrong, says Kim Weaver.

By day. Weaver oversees 124 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in northwest Iowa. By night, the Sheldon woman runs for Congress to improve the quality of life for Iowa’s seniors.

Weaver, a little-financed and long-shot candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, daily builds a deeper understanding of one of the region’s more dominant constituencies: senior citizens.

Before the rhetoric and promises start, Weaver is there, in one-on-one interaction with seniors on late-life challenges — not as a candidate, but for Iowa’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman as an advocate for seniors.

“Even though I make a lot of difference, I don’t make a lot of money,” Weaver said.

Weaver headlined a Carroll County Democratic Party dinner at the Swan Lake State Park Conservation Education Center Friday night attended by about 30 people.

“This election should not be about fear,” said Carroll County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Tracy. “It should be about the future of this country.”

Weaver’s life, Tracy said, already has been dedicated to public service — service for seniors.

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