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Councilwoman wants to run against congressman, King

Published: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 10:21 a.m. CDT

SIOUX CITY — A Spencer councilwoman wants to run against U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th District.

Leann Jacobsen announced her intention Thursday to join the Democratic race. Former baseball player J.D. Scholten announced his candidacy in last month.

Jacobsen says in a news release that she wants to help turn around things in the northwest Iowa district, where she says “the qualities that have made living there so attractive — great schools, good jobs, bright futures — are beginning to slip away.”

She says her priorities if elected would be to create jobs and improve rural communities so young people are more inclined to stay rather than seek opportunities elsewhere. Jacobsen co-owns three Spencer businesses.

The Republican King was first elected to Congress in 2002.