King claims large victory in contested race
Hanson pleased with campaign effort
Incumbent Iowa 4th District U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, will seek the opportunity to return to Washington, D.C., in the fall general election after defeating Republican challenger Dr. Cyndi Hanson. King had earned more than 74 percent of the vote when the election was called.
“It feels pretty good,” King said. “It’s a reflection of going out and doing the job people want you to do and expect you to do.”
The congressman credited his staff for carrying out his office’s philosophy. “It’s about going out and helping the people.”
Hanson, a resident of Sioux City, has worked in higher education full-time for the last nine years as an instructor and administrator, and previously owned her own personal tax preparation businesses and worked as a human resource management professional.
“I’m really proud of my team and the campaign that we ran,” she said. “I have no regrets.”
In November’s general election King will face Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten who unofficially captured just over 50 percent of the votes in 4th District.
“He’s not the first one to move into the district to run against me,” King said. “It seems to happen every other election.”
Pointing to what King calls the congressional districts strong position on life, fiscal responsibility, agriculture and renewable fuels, he wondered where Scholten will stand on the issues.
“We care about these issues,” the incumbent congressman said. “Is it your mission to undermine it or support it. Those are some of the things he’s going to have to talk about. It’s going to be interesting to see what he says about the issues that are so important to us.”
King served in the Iowa Senate for six years until being elected to represent northwest Iowa. He said it's important to continue to stay focused on the values of northwest and north-central Iowa.
King, 68, attended Northwest Missouri State and founded King Construction in 1975, selling it his oldest son after 28 years of business. He and his wife Marilyn have three sons.
Hanson said she is hopeful King will take into consideration all of the voices he represents in his district.
“The thing that I really want to make sure he hears is there are people with different opinions that he also represents,” she said. “He needs to open communication with those people.”
Hanson pointed to the votes she won as well as others who voted Libertarian and Democrat as “those people” to which she is referring.
The sitting congressman said if re-elected he will continue his efforts to dramatically decrease the size and scope of government.
“I also have a moral obligation to help those who can’t help themselves,” King said. “That’s why I wrote and introduced The Heartbeat Protection Act. This legislation prohibits abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is delectable.”
King outlined his top priorities including the establishment of a fair tax, continuing efforts to secure the border and balancing the budget.
“I consider my recent vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to be the best vote I have ever cast and Iowans are already seeing economic benefits from this legislation,” he said. “I also believe we need to restore respect for the rule of law and we can do so by ensuring that federal laws, such as federal immigration laws, are effectively enforced and our borders are secured.
The congressman stressed the need to restore respect for the rule of law and protection of the rights promised in the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, as well as reforms to the welfare system.
“We should institute work requirements for welfare recipients, as we are trying to do in the farm bill, and we should eliminate fraud.”
He added, “I also question the wisdom of providing foreign aid to countries that hate us.”
King noted the nation faces major challenges from the likes of North Korea, communist China and the “constant assault from the morally bankrupt left.”
“I have often said that if we get our faith right, if we get our families right, if we get our work ethic right, if we understand our Constitution, many of our domestic problems will take care of themselves.”
U.S House Iowa 4th District Republican primary unofficial results
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