Two Iowa Republicans to enter U.S. Senate race

Democrat U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley announced intention months ago

DES MOINES – Two Republicans will enter the race for U.S. Senate in the next few days according to news releases sent by their respective campaigns Friday.

David Young, 45, plans to fill out the required paperwork for a Senate run Saturday at a restaurant in Van Meter. He has invited media and supporters to join him as he mails the completed paperwork to Washington, D.C.

Young, a 1991 graduate of Drake University, is a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. Before that he worked for former Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning.

“Grandpa and Grandma Young owned Young’s Café in Van Meter when my dad was growing up. Mom and dad met at Van Meter Community School and became sweethearts. My brother and sister and I grew up here. My family attended Van Meter United Methodist Church,” said Young in a news release. “Making this move to advocate for Iowans at a higher level alongside my friend and mentor Senator Chuck Grassley is a risk I deem well worth taking.”

On Monday, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker will officially announce his bid U.S. Senate on Monday, at a business in his hometown of Ankeny.

“This is going to be a big election with big ideas,” he said in the news release. “I want to go to Washington to fix what is broken. We must get government out of the way of people’s personal lives, economic decisions, health-care arrangements, small businesses and constitutional freedoms.”

Whitaker is managing partner of the law firm Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP, which has offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. He also runs the lobbying firm Whitaker Strategy Group. He’s a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and was a member of the University of Iowa football team from 1989 to 1992. He played tight end.

Both Whitaker and Young seek the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. It’s a seat that several prominent Republicans have passed on in recent months, including Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, Secretary of State Matt Schultz and U.S. Rep. Steve King.

State Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak is another potential candidate for the seat.

of Iowa’s 1st District announced his intention to seek the seat months ago.

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