Back in the Game

Tyler Anderson


Scholten speaks to Calhoun County Democrats
Before giving his near 15-minute speech and Q&A session to the local contingent of the Democratic Party, J.D. Scholten stood at the doorway of the spacious room designated for group meetings and events. There, he quietly watched locals speak in front of their peers.
Scholten was the main attraction of the fundraiser for the Calhoun County Democrats’ fundraiser, held this past Saturday evening at the Lohrville Emergency Services Building in Lohrville.
Then, it was showtime, as the 2018 Democratic nominee made his way to the front of the seated crowd.
In 2018, the former professional pitcher proved to be a challenge to the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Less than one year later, the former Sioux City Explorer is gearing up for another battle against Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa).
It is a battle that Scholten feels that he can win this time, and it’s because King has been under fire since his controversial comments on abortion.
Rather than playing off of King’s public relations miscues, Scholten went in a different direction. What Scholten dwelled on was the issues of climate change, agriculture and affordable health care.
For the six foot, six inch tall Scholten, the visit was a bit of a homecoming.
“It brings back memories,” Scholten said of the visit to Lohrville. “Being here was one of the first events I did when I was on the campaign trail in 2017. We started from scratch last time, as I never been in politics before then. But to be able to move the needle like we did, we did something right, even though we ended up losing.”
Encouraged by the result, Scholten returned to the campaign trail on August 5.
“There’s a lot of expectation, but a lot of excitement about us doing it again,” said Scholten. “The reception that we’re receiving right now, it’s pretty special.”
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