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The Messenger: Scholten works to ‘move the needle’ in race against King Democrat addresses crowd at FD Labor Day picnic

.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, stopped by the Western Iowa Labor Federation’s Labor Day picnic at Oleson Park on Sunday afternoon.

The candidate announced his second campaign to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, last month.

“Tomorrow it’ll have been a month and it still feels brand new,” Scholten said. “But there’s still a level of excitement. It’s good to see events like this. There’s more and more people coming and we’ve got the RV working, so we’re excited.”

Scholten mounted his first campaign against King in the 2018 election cycle. The Sioux City Democrat fell short of unseating King by 3.8 percentage points, the narrowest margin of victory for King since his eight-point win in 2012.

The biggest challenge for the Scholten campaign this time around is going to be “filling in the holes”they missed the last time.

We moved the needle 24 points, but we fell three short,” he said. “So we got to find ways to get that last 10,000 votes and get the 4 percent in order to win. And the biggest thing is making sure that we continue to just stay on the road and talk to people and not write anybody off — Republicans, Independents, Democrats. We’re going to go out there and earn votes, and that’s going to be the ultimate challenge, but we’re up to it.”

In light of the Labor Day holiday, Scholten said the message behind the holiday is much of what his campaign is about.

“It’s about valuing work and valuing the people who do the jobs,” he said. “So much of our policies that we see out in D.C. do not favor us, do not favor the working class.”

KELBY WINGERT kwingert@messengernews.net SEP 2, 2019