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Letter: Scholten epitomizes North Iowa

Following the recent passing of my aunt (a native of Mason City), I began looking through family photos and fondly remembering my Dad’s stories about growing up in Iowa. The warm feelings faded as I was struck with the frustration that these experiences are in stark contrast to Rep. Steve King, to his divisive rhetoric, and to his lack of alignment with Iowan values. King’s opponent, J.D. Scholten, epitomizes the Iowa I know.

Steve King doesn’t represent Iowa, literally and figuratively. King has only authored one bill that has passed in his time in Congress. King has brought shame to our district with his support of white nationalists. King hasn’t even shown up regularly for committee meetings, even those that deal with issues impacting Iowans. King simply doesn’t show up, and he doesn’t represent Iowa.

J.D. Scholten, will represent the 4th District well. J.D. stands tall for all of the constituents in our district. J.D.’s message is unifying, not divisive. J.D. supports farmers (King spends more time visiting Austria that visiting with farmers in his district), education, health care for all, and a living wage. J.D. has visited all 39 counties in the district. King hasn’t held a town hall in a number of years and consistently fails to meet with his constituents.

The contrast is clear, and the choice is clear. It is time to elect a candidate that actually represents Iowa. Please vote for J.D. Scholten as a congressman who stands for Iowans. It is time we get the representation we deserve.

Heather Rissler, Mason City

Full letter: https://globegazette.com/opinion/letters/letter-scholten-epitomizes-north-iowa/article_608d0b65-6999-56bd-b2ee-c2ae75dc7e88.html