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Steve King has another Republican challenger for 2020 race

Jeremy Taylor, former state representative, announces run for Iowa's 4th Congressional seat

Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor

SIOUX CITY — Another Republican plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve King in 2020.

Jeremy Taylor, a former state legislator from Sioux City, is running for the Iowa 4th Congressional District position held by the nine-term congressman.

In a news release, Taylor, 40, said he’s been encouraged to run for the congressional post, and “I’ve decided to answer a call to serve.”

“Iowans in the 4th District have an opportunity to choose a leader during this next election cycle with a conservative track record of results at the state and county level. Instead of focusing on past controversy, I intend to make this campaign about how I can best represent and serve our people well at the national level,” Taylor said.

Taylor, who is a member of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, cited his conservative record in his two-year term in the Iowa House on the issues of abortion, gun rights and tax relief.

“We face real challenges as a nation, and Iowans need a conservative, thoughtful voice. I hope to be a representative who will fight for their interests and lead on the issues that matter to them most,” Taylor said.

King’s list of challengers continues to grow. State Sen. Randy Feenstra launched his campaign the first week of January, former Irwin Mayor Bret Richards is a candidate, and Story County Board of Supervisors member Rick Sanders, of Ames, is also considering a campaign.

In November, King edged J.D. Scholten, a Democrat from Sioux City, by just 3 percent in the state’s most Republican district.

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