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Scholten returns to Estherville

October 7, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Congressional candidate J.D. Scholten returned to Estherville last Thursday, in barnstorming through the 39 counties in Iowa's Fourth District.

The Democrat is challenging Republican incumbent Steve King, who has been in Congress since 2003.

Scholten spoke to a group gathered in Room 74 at Iowa Lakes Community College.

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"In the 39-county tour, my goal is get engagement with as many people as I can," he said in his opening remarks, adding that he is in the midst of his third tour of the 39 counties in the district.

"If we're going to get a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we have to get to know the people," Scholten said.

Scholten is a Sioux City native and has played baseball in seven countries. After baseball, he became a paralegal. He said his grandma's death drew him back to Iowa.

He said he has focused on three main issues in his town-hall meetings-health care, the economy and the influence of special interest groups in Washington D.C.

Concerning healthcare, he noted one in three requests for money on sites are medical related.

"The immediate first step is to have a public option for health care," he said. "My long-term goal is Medicare for all.

"Iowa is 51st in the nation for mental health beds," he continued.

Concerning the economy, Scholten said all the talk is about the low unemployment rate.

"However, 60 percent of Americans can't handle a $500 emergency," he said.

He also made a personal observation about Iowans not staying in Iowa.

"I recently had my 20th high school reunion and a majority do not live in Sioux City," Scholten said. "At best, some are in Des Moines, but they're scattered all over."

During a question and answer session, Scholten was asked about mental health in Iowa.

"I'll work a lot with the state, because the state will have the most to do with it," he said.

Scholten said he would also work to create entrepreneurship in rural communities, expand Medicare and expand social security by expanding the cap. He also supports immigration reform including a path to citizenship.



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