BOONE, Iowa (AP) — An Iraq War veteran is seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa's 4th Congressional District.
Jim Mowrer said Tuesday that he plans to run for the Democratic nomination in the 4th District. The 27-year-old Boone native hasn't held an elected office before. He said he wants to continue serving his country.
Mowrer joined the Iowa National Guard at 17 and served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. Most recently he has worked at the Pentagon.
Mowrer is the first declared challenger for King's seat. He said he wants to help find common-sense solutions to the nation's problems.
Mowrer will find it difficult to challenge King, who enjoys strong support in the district that he has represented for six terms.
Mowrer's campaign manager is Ben Nesselhuf, who has resigned as chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party to take the campaign post in Iowa. Nesselhuf, of Sioux Falls, S.D., said the job will allow him to be closer to his wife, Angie, in Sioux City.
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