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Des Moines Register: Register editorial board endorses J.D. Scholten for U.S. House

Editorial: Scholten has an impressive understanding of farming, agricultural markets and the role of antitrust laws in the industry, all vital issues for the district.

Registered Republicans in Iowa’s 4th District completed the neutering of Rep. Steve King when they refused to support him in the June primary election. 

Good job on that. 

Now the conservative-leaning district’s voters should give Democrat J.D. Scholten an opportunity to represent them in Congress. 

The fifth-generation Iowan from Sioux City has an impressive understanding of farming, agricultural markets and the role of antitrust laws in the industry, all vital issues for the district. He’s also passionate about retaining young Iowans, a national strategy for containing the novel coronavirus and ensuring everyone has access to health insurance. 

Iowans should not have to set up donation boxes and hold pancake suppers to help people pay for health care bills, he said during a recent meeting with the Register’s editorial board. 

Scholten appears able to work across the aisle and bridge divides. He listens and he shows up. 

Meanwhile, his opponent, Randy Feenstra, has accepted only one debate and participates in few interviews with media outlets. Perhaps he believes voters in a largely conservative district will simply usher him into a congressional seat. 

Whatever the reason, Iowans should reject this lack of accountability and accessibility. They can instead support someone who is clamoring to represent them in Congress and would make them proud. That someone is Scholten.