With more than 3,650 signatures from all 39 counties in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District so far and more than a one percent threshold in 26 counties, Republican challenger for the 2020 election, Bret Richards, has announced he is the first candidate to gather the required signatures for inclusion on the primary ballot. Richards, from Irwin, is running against incumbent, Steve King, and Randy Feenstra of Hull, an Iowa Senator for District 2. Richards wants to thank Carroll County in-particular for their support, having provided him 140 signatures to date, well over the 114 needed from them. “Carroll County is one of the more populous ones in the district and harder to qualify,” Richards says. “I can’t begin to thank enough those folks who signed our nomination petitions and we’re looking forward to building so much more support. So many people have said they just want to see their elected leaders in Washington, D.C. stop bickering, start solving our country’s problems and move us forward to a new era of prosperity,” he adds. The Shelby County businessman and U.S. Army veteran has spent time at nearly 30 county fairs and listened to thousands of voters who “want a representative focused on fixing America’s health care system, securing our borders and making immigration laws work and solving the debt crisis.” Nomination papers are filed with the Secretary of State’s Office between Feb. 24 and March 13, 2020. Candidate’s signatures must include eligible voters to at least one percent of the GOP vote in at least 20 of the district’s 39 counties. Richards is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Creighton University, is Mayor of Irwin and sits on the board at Manning Regional Healthcare Center.
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