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Thomas Heckroth launches TV ads in Iowa 1st District race

First of four Rod Blum challengers to run TV ads

(File photo) U.S. House of Representatives First District candidate Thomas Heckroth meets with members of Indivisible Iowa at the Blue Strawberry, 118 Second St. SE, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2017. The group has asked questions of several Democratic U.S. House of Representatives candidates. Amy Adams (left) and Cindy Garlock of Cedar Rapids, Iowa look on. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
(File photo) U.S. House of Representatives First District candidate Thomas Heckroth meets with members of Indivisible Iowa at the Blue Strawberry, 118 Second St. SE, in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2017. The group has asked questions of several Democratic U.S. House of Representatives candidates. Amy Adams (left) and Cindy Garlock of Cedar Rapids, Iowa look on. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa 1st District Democratic hopeful Thomas Heckroth hit the airwaves Friday morning with three televisions ads — “Better,” “Defend,” and “Fix.”

Heckroth, who lives in Cedar Falls, is the first of the four candidates for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Rod Blum to run television ads ahead of the June 5 primary.

Each of Heckroth’s ads focuses on his commitment to listening to Iowans and his experience working on their behalf to help pass progressive legislation. They also highlight his willingness and ability to stand up to Republicans like Rep. Rod Blum and President Donald Trump.

During the George W. Bush-era, Heckroth went to work for former Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, advising him on agriculture, education, and labor policies. From there, he went to the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor, where he worked to hold trading partners accountable and level the playing field for American workers.

“I learned from Sen. Harkin the importance of showing up, listening, and working hard for Iowans,” said Heckroth, who recently was joined on the campaign trail by the former five-term senator. “That’s exactly the commitment I’ll bring to Congress.”

Also seeking the 1st District nomination are George Ramsey III of Marion, Courtney Rowe of Cedar Rapids and State Rep. Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque. Democrats are expected to select a nominee in the June 5 primary election. None of them have filed nomination papers with the Iowa Secretary of State.

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