First Time Candidate J.D. Scholten Outraises 8 Time Incumbent Steve King Nearly 2-1


January 31, 2018

J.D. Scholten Outraises  15 Year Incumbent Steve King Nearly 2-1

Sioux City, IA – J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, today reported an impressive 4th quarter total of over $174,000 from over 2,700 individual donors. This total includes contributions from all 39 counties in the district, as well as all 50 states and Washington D.C. 

Additionally, the campaign has over 500 volunteers signed up, including at least one from each of the 39 counties in the district.

Scholten’s comment on the campaign’s strong showing:

We’re grateful for the amount of support this campaign has received. At first, our focus was to get out on the road to engage with as many people as possible. At the time, people liked us simply because I wasn’t Steve King. Now we’re seeing the shift to people responding to our message of inclusiveness. I’m fighting for an inclusive health care system, an inclusive economy, and an inclusive community. My campaign is about beating Steve King, but our grassroots movement is about invoking the voice of the working class in Iowa’s 4th District.

More impressively, the campaign’s haul was nearly double that of Republican incumbent Steve King*. Scholten’s Political Director, Todd Prieb said of the numbers:

Raising nearly twice as much money as Steve King did shows that this seat is absolutely in play in 2018. We’re equally proud of the number of volunteers that have signed on to help Team Scholten. We’re building the kind of movement it’s going to take to win. This is a clear sign that people are energized by J.D. and our message, not just in the district, but all across the country.




*Scholten4Iowa Campaign Committee:

Total Receipts – $174,343.57

Cash on hand – $133,522.62


King for Congress:

Total Receipts – $87,543.50

Cash on Hand – $52,578.83

2017 Women’s March: A Personal Moment of Clarity

What a difference a year makes…

Every day out on the campaign trail I get asked about what made me decide to run for Congress. There are many variables that played significant roles but the defining moment came on January 21, 2017.

On that Saturday, I was living in Seattle and a lot of my female friends were getting together in Judkins Park to join the Women’s March from Pioneer Square to the Seattle Center. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t realize that this would become a pivotal moment for many Americans. The day before, we watched Donald J. Trump become our 45th President. You could sense the anxiety of America and the uneasiness of not knowing what the next four years would be like. It was the Women’s March that harnessed that energy and directed it forward.

In my personal life, I was still in mourning. This was less than a month after I gave the eulogy at my Grandma Fern’s funeral, arguably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

Reports were coming in that Judkins Park was so packed that people couldn’t get within blocks of there. So I decided to walk downtown and find my spot on a wall across from the central public library. Afterwards we found out that the organizers were anticipating 40,000-50,000 people but an estimated 100,000-140,000 showed up. As the first wave of people marched past us, the steadiness, the energy, and the passion continued. I saw friends, neighbors, and colleagues constantly stream past.

At about the two hour mark, we heard that the first marchers finally reached the end of the march, yet there was still a huge crowd of people waiting to start back in Judkins Park. I was waiting for a friend’s group to march with the rest of the way when I saw a father with his little girl, who looked to be around 4 or 5 years old. This exact moment hit me in a way I couldn’t have imagined—it was a turning point in my life. I found myself thinking about the special bond between this father and his daughter. This moment was larger than this little girl could probably comprehend, but her dad wanted to make sure she was part of it so that when she grows up she can say “I was there.”

It was also at this moment that I remembered an article that I read a couple of years ago. It said that life is not about the pursuit of happiness; it’s about the pursuit of meaningfulness. When I was thinking about the meaning of my life, I thought about some of the last words my grandmother told me: “You should move back to Iowa and take care of our farm.” It was in this moment of clarity that I realized the most meaningful thing in my life is my family and where I am from. I am defined by my Iowa roots. And it was standing there across from the Seattle downtown library while feeling the passion of the march that I decided that it’s time for me to move back home to Iowa. And it was time for me to fight.

That decision has snowballed into running for Congress in my beloved home district against one of the most controversial and ineffective members of Congress, Steve King. Tomorrow I’ll be joining the Women’s March in Des Moines to honor the one-year anniversary of that day. That passion and energy that I felt that day is still alive and burning in my heart. I know I am right where I need to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing.

Standing Tall for All,

JD. Scholten

Scholten to Steve King: ‘I Didn’t Care Where my Shortstop was From’

Iowa Political Alert –

Democratic congressional candidate J.D. Scholten says leaders should care about results, not obsess over countries of origin for immigrants in the United States.

“I didn’t care where my shortstop was from,” Scholten, a former minor league and University of Nebraska pitcher from Sioux City said in an interview.

Running in the 4th District, political territory now represented by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, Scholten criticized his would-be general election opponent’s Twitter activity this morning.

King reinforced President Donald Trump’s reported sentiments on certain “shithole countries” from which the commander in chief wants to limit emigation to the United States.

“Hang in there Mr. President,” King wrote early this morning, using the social media messaging service Twitter. “If those countries aren’t as you described, Democrats should be happy to to deport criminal aliens back to them & End #anchorbabies, too.”

The King message had been re-tweeted more than a thousand times as of late this morning.

“You would think somebody would be a little more articulate,” Scholten said. “These folks are making national decisions.”

King engaged in brief Twitter war of words with the entertainer George Lopez.

“Hey George Lopez: To paraphrase you, I’ll flush you, too,” King said on Twitter.

Lopez had hurled on a profanity at King.

Scholten described King’s exchange as “childish.” Scholten said the King/Lopez spat actually concerned him in some ways more than the congressman’s Trump backing.

“What does that little spat have anything to do with the 4th District of Iowa and bettering it,” Scholten said.

A political newcomer, Scholten has amassed 21,500 followers on Twitter as he battles for the Democratic nomination in the heavily Republican 4th District. Much of that audience is built in reaction to King’s provocations, Scholten said.

According to The New York Times, in a discussion with lawmakers Thursday about immigration from certain African nations, Trump asked why he would want “all these people from shithole countries,” according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation, including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, who was there.

Trump, who had met with the prime minister of Norway this week, said the United States should instead seek more immigrants from nations like Norway.

J.D. Scholten Plans To Beat Arch Villain Steve King This Year– This Guest Post Explains How

DOWN WITH TYRANNY – Before you read J.D.’s guest post, you might want to take a look ay the brand new Iowa Survey results. You’ll notice that in IA-04, the most Republican district in the state, only 49% approve of Trump, only 43% approve of Republican Governor Kim Reynold’s job performance and that just 26% approve of the Republican-controlled state legislature. And when those IA-04 voters were asked if they think the legislature should reinstate a requirement that local and state government negotiate with public employee unions regarding the safety and benefits of workers, 56% said yes and just 24% said no.

Reaching Out to Rural Iowa: How I am going to beat Steve King
-by J.D. Scholten

When I first thought about running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th District to unseat Steve King, one of the first people I reached out to was Frank LaMere, a family friend, activist, and former Democratic Party chairman of the National Native American Caucus. He told me, “J.D., if you want this, you have to get uncomfortable. Once you get uncomfortable, you have to make others uncomfortable.”

Being uncomfortable in this district means going to where you are not invited, going to the counties that historically vote around 80% Republican. If you don’t, then you can’t expect change. This is the largest and most rural district in Iowa. It contains 39 counties, and is larger than the land area of the smallest 115 U.S. Congressional Districts combined. Since this journey began, I have put over 35,000 miles on my car. I easily could stay in my hometown, Sioux City, or the Democratic hub, Ames. Instead, I choose to be uncomfortable and drive to those inconvenient places because I want change and am willing to put in the work to make it happen.

You have to also understand that in rural Iowa, much of our work goes into products that are exported: The crops we grow and harvest get shipped away. The energy we harness (Iowa leads the nation in wind energy) gets exported. The youth we educate often leave for outside opportunities. We have a selfless mentality of bettering the world.

Rural Iowans don’t view the government as something that can do things “for” them, but as something that does things “to” them. For Democrats to have an impact, we have to be willing to work with them. We need to show them that government is supposed to be a resource and not a burden.

It’s important to understand what it’s like to have the closest Target store be an hour and a half away, the significance of bringing the community together for high school athletics, and the value of church on Sunday mornings. Rural Iowans like having their space and independence while also having an identity with their community.

I understand that having “Democrat” by my name will immediately turn some of them off. In fact, nothing turns them off more than the National Democratic Party. That’s not going stop me from getting uncomfortable. I might not always get their vote, but I am going to show that I am trustworthy. At the end of the day, I will tell them all the same thing: I am fighting for their job and their retirement, I am fighting for their paycheck, I am fighting for their healthcare, and I am fighting for their children’s education.

Ultimately, this is how I am going to beat Steve King. I may not win the counties that usually go 80% for Republicans. But by God, I am going to work my tail off to get enough votes in these areas to allow me to shrink the margins and win big in the areas that I can. I wouldn’t be running against Steve King if I didn’t believe in my heart that this race could be won. It’s going to take a grassroots effort like we’ve never seen in this district. We’re already laying the foundation– join us in getting uncomfortable, and together, we will create that movement of change we’re all looking for!

Standing Tall for All,

J.D. Scholten