Scholten visits Calhoun County while trying to unseat King

J.D. Scholten talks with about 50 people at a town hall in Rockwell City Sunday afternoon. Scholten is running for Congress. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

J.D. Scholten, talking with a crowd of about 50 people Sunday afternoon at the Calhoun County courthouse, said he preferred not to start talking about his opponent for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

Scholten, a political newcomer, decided more than a year ago to take on eight-term incumbent Republican Steve King. And instead of talking much about King, who occasionally catches national attention with statements about immigrants, Scholten said he wanted to talk about why he is running for Congress.

After the 2016 presidential election, Scholten said he was talking with his grandmother, who encouraged him to return to Iowa from Seattle. He started looking for jobs in the Sioux City Journal, without much luck.

“The best job I could find was $15 an hour and no benefits,” he said. “I had to make a sacrifice to come home.”

Read more in the Oct. 3 edition.