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00000173-38e2-d855-adf7-bcef36ec0000In an effort to provide voters with information about the candidates for federal office in the 2014 general elections, Iowa Public Radio staff contacted the Democratic and Republican candidates competing in Iowa’s open congressional races and has compiled this guide. Please note that none of the candidate claims have been fact-checked. Click on the candidate’s name to see the information, or scroll through the postings below. US Senate (Replacing Senator Tom Harkin) Republican: Democrat:Joni Ernst Bruce Braley US House First Congressional District (Replacing Representative Bruce Braley) Republican: Democrat:Rod Blum Pat Murphy Second Congressional District (Incumbent: Dave Loebsack) Republican: Democrat:Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks Dave Loebsack Third Congressional District (Replacing Representative Tom Latham) Republican: Democrat:David Young Staci Appel Fourth Congressional District (Incumbent: Steve King) Republican: Democrat:Steve King Jim Mowrer Iowa Governor (Incumbent: Terry Branstad) Republican: Democrat:Terry Branstad Jack Hatch

Loebsack Ready to Return to Washington

Julie Englander
2nd District Democrat Incumbent Dave Loebsack is joined by his wife Terry as he speaks to supporters at The Mill in Iowa City

The lone Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation is looking forward to returning to Congress. Dave Loebsack says they’ve been gone too long.

“We’ve got to get back, and we’ve got to make sure that we extend the tax credits provisions that have been languishing far too long for the production tax credit. For example, for the wind industry, we’ve got to work on the renewable fuel standard, make sure we get that back to where it’s supposed to be.  There are a lot of things we should do when we go back to Washington, D.C.  I think we should go back tomorrow.”

Loebsack also says Congress needs to deal with the crisis in the Middle East.

“We should have gone back to Washington to discuss what to do in Syria and Iraq and the region more generally.  I think the President needs an authorization for the use of military force from the Congress to do what he’s doing in Syria. We need to have a serious conversation about that.”

Loebsack of Iowa City won handily over Republican challenger Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. It was the third time Miller-Meeks challenged Loebsack. The second district includes the cities of Iowa City, Davenport, Muscatine and Burlington.