Kim Weaver

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By Mitch McAndrew | mmcandrew@uiowa.edu

Kim Weaver will have a tall task on Nov. 8.

The Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th congressional district is faced with unseating seven-term Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in what is considered Iowa’s most conservative district.

More prominent Democrats than her have tried and failed in the past. Former Pentagon aide Jim Mowrer, who raised and spent more money than King in 2014, lost to King by more than 20 percentage points. Christie Vilsack, former First Lady of Iowa, tried and failed in 2012, despite her prominent statewide name recognition.

But Weaver has embraced the challenges that come with her first campaign or public office, focusing her campaign on making college affordable for students, reforming immigration and guest work programs, and ensuring financial stability for senior citizens.

Kim Weaver Hometown: Des Moines Education: Iowa State University Family: Three children

Kim Weaver
Hometown: Des Moines
Education: Iowa State University
Family: Three children

Weaver has also tried to dig past criticizing her opponent’s controversial comments, such as saying non-whites have contributed little to society and claiming some Mexicans have “calves the size of cantaloupes” from hauling marijuana over the border, to show Iowans that King does not represent Iowan’s interests.

“The problem I have with Steve King is he has done basically nothing for us. And so when you complain that somebody does nothing, then you have to have something else to offer,” Weaver told the Des Moines Register.

Weaver has proclaimed herself a solutions-oriented candidate with firsthand knowledge of hard times.

In 2003, Weaver and her husband separated, and Weaver raised her three children on her own in Sheldon, Iowan.

“During this time, she truly came to appreciate the concern and sense of community she found in her small town,” her website biography says.

All three of her children are either college students or graduates, and according to Weaver’s website, the family relied on Pell Grants, scholarships, and student loans to pay for college education.

Weaver says her experience navigating college affordability has informed her dedication to providing cheaper college education.

Weaver currently works with the Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman, advocating for nursing home, assisted living center, and residential care facilities residents. She has also worked as a Medicaid case manager.