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Mike Pence, the former vice president, will join western Iowa U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra in serving breakfast to delegates at Iowa’s Republican 4th Congressional District convention Saturday in Carroll, Feenstra’s campaign announced.
Pence and Feenstra will serve breakfast from 9:30 to 10 a.m., the Feenstra campaign said. The convention is being held at Carroll High School.
“We are excited to welcome Vice President Pence back to northwest Iowa,” Feenstra said in a news release. “As he likes to say, he’s a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican — in that order. Those values represent the fabric of the folks of the 4th District.”
Pence was a guest at Feenstra’s first Family Picnic fundraiser in Sioux Center last year. The former vice president has been a frequent visitor to Iowa as he lays the groundwork for a potential run for president in 2024.
FRANKEN ENDORSED: The Laborers International Union of North America and its affiliated local unions have endorsed Mike Franken in the Democratic primary in Iowa’s U.S. Senate campaign.
Franken, a U.S. Navy veteran from Sioux City, is one of three Democrats running for U.S. Senate. The others are Abby Finkenauer, a former Congresswoman and state legislator from Cedar Rapids; and Minden physician Glenn Hurst.
The Republican incumbent is longtime U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. He faces a primary challenge from Sioux City attorney and state legislator Jim Carlin.
The Laborers International Union of North America represent workers in construction and building trades, highway, pipeline construction, and the public sector.
MATHIS CAMPAIGN HQ OPENS: Liz Mathis’ campaign recently opened its campaign headquarters in Cedar Rapids.
The office is at 4850 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, near Thomas Park.
Mathis, a state legislator and former Cedar Rapids TV news journalist, is the Democratic candidate for Congress in eastern Iowa’s new 2nd District.
Mathis faces Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, also a former state legislator and Cedar Rapids TV news journalist.
The Mathis campaign held a grand opening event this past weekend at the new office, featuring local Democratic candidates. The Mathis campaign will share the office with the Linn County Democrats.
HOUSE CANDIDATE ENDORSED: Adam Zabner, a Democratic candidate for the Iowa House in District 90 from Iowa City, has been endorsed by Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan.
House District 90 includes western and northwestern Iowa City.
“I believe that candidates need to earn their way into elected office,” Sullivan said in a statement. “Adam has put in the time and done the hard work. He’s lived his whole life in Iowa City, and he cares about us first and foremost.”
Zabner is one of three Democrats running in House 90: The others, also from Iowa City, are Andrew Dunn and Christine Wolfe.
Gazette Des Moines Bureau