J.D. Scholten campaigns in Hancock County

J..D. Scholten

GARNER – J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District seat, says “you can’t fake showing up.” Scholten of Sioux City, is challenging 8-term Republican incumbent Congressman Steve King in the Nov. 6 election.

Scholten recently met with supporters at the Garner Public Library on his third tour of the 4th District’s 39 counties.

 “The reason why I’m running – one of the many, many reasons – is that I am frustrated with what's happening in Washington D.C.,” he said. “I feel there is movement to try to clean things up. There’s too much self interest and special interest.”

A large part of his campaign is getting back to the people.

“Being a representative is getting out there and having town hall [meetings],” he stated.

Scholten, 38, shared with the audience his autobiography, including his ties to North Iowa. His mother was originally from Lake Mills. His father grew up at Larchwood in Northwest Iowa. The couple met in Mason City. The family moved to Ames and eventually to Sioux City, where his father coach baseball for Morningside College.

J.D. pitched for Morningside and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He went on to play independent-league baseball in seven counties including in Canada for the Saskatoon Legends and for his hometown Sioux City Explorers. Since retiring from baseball, he has worked as paralegal in Minneapolis and Seattle.

He decided to return to his hometown of Sioux City in 2016 but was frustrated when the best job he could find was $16 an hour and no benefits. That’s when he started to consider running for office.

“I was fed up with what I saw with cuts in education, the attack on collective bargaining, privatization of Medicaid – all things in Des Moines,” he stated.

But on the national level he is frustrated by the tax bill, health care, immigration and trade wars.

“I want an an economy that works for all of us. Wall Street is doing great, but for who?” he asked. “Sixty percent of Americans can’t handle a $500 emergency.”

Read the complete story in the Oct. 3 Leader.