New Jersey, Arizona residents running for Iowa congressional seats

One promises to move to Iowa if he's elected, but state officials say that may not work

George Krail II is an independent candidate in the 2012 election for the U.S. House 1st Disrict seat in northeast Iowa,
George Krail II is an independent candidate in the 2012 election for the U.S. House 1st Disrict seat in northeast Iowa, despite living in Mount Holly, New Jersey. (submitted photo)

George Todd Krail II says he’s “living the American Dream.”

The father of four and grandfather of nine, with twins due any day, is a carpenter/general contractor who lives in a house he built. He wears jeans and a ponytail and relaxes by riding his motorcycle and hosting motorcycle rallies on his property near in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

He’s never been to Iowa, but Krail is running for Congress in northeast Iowa's 1st District.

“These are desperate times, so we need desperate action,” he explains. “I’m a one-issue candidate: protect life from the womb to the tomb.”

Krail is part of a slate of nine pro-life candidates running, mostly in swing states, to change abortion laws.

In Iowa’s 2nd District, Alan Aversa of Tucson, Ariz., is on the ballot.

Another member of the group is Randall Terry of Operation Rescue. He’s running in Florida.

Krail’s campaign is, well, low-key. No billboards or yard signs, and he’s not going door-to-door to collect votes.

It appears that he Aversa are relying on television ads. KCRG-TV 9 reports each has purchased a 30-second ad during late-night programming Friday.

Krail and Aversa had to meet the same requirements as other candidates to get their names on the ballot. Since they were not nominated by a political party, they had to turn in a petitions signed by 1,500 voters, including signatures from at least 10 counties.

Krail said they didn’t come to Iowa to circulate his petitions. Pro-life volunteers collected the signatures they need.

If he wins, Krail promises to move to Iowa. But that might not be good enough to meet the legal requirements to serve as an Iowa congressman.

A candidate doesn’t have to live in Iowa to run from Iowa, according to Chad Olsen of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. But by law, they must be a legal resident at the time of their election.

“So I’d say these guys are kind of screwed,” Olsen said, “because I would put money on the fact they haven’t moved to Iowa.”For more on Krail and Aversa, visit