SPENCER, IOWA – The Democratic challenger for stalwart conservative Iowa Congressman Steve King, Leann Jacobsen, this week touted her record of “positive impact” for Iowans.
As the election season begins to take shape, Steve King is chasing a heartbeat bill to save lives of unborn babies and bragging about a score of zero on the Humane Society’s Congressional scorecard as he shared a family pheasant soup recipe. King has been in Congress since 2003.
Leann Jacobsen, a Spencer Council member, is running in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District against King. This week, she touted her commitment to making Iowa a better place.
“Leann has a deep and profound care for the wellbeing of all Iowans, which began long before her life started on the campaign trail,” her campaign said in a mailer. “She is committed to improving communities, as she has done her whole career in Iowa, from funding for the arts to helping pass Endow Iowa tax credits to organizing a farmers market in her hometown of Spencer.”
According to her campaign, these are her top accomplishments:
Leann spearheads initiatives that positively impact Iowans:
- Secured bipartisan support to pass Endow Iowa, a program created to enhance the quality of life for Iowans through increased philanthropic activity by encouraging new investments to existing community foundations
- Transformed the Des Moines Cultural Alliance (a loosely formed affiliation of 16 organizations) into Bravo Greater Des Moines, a sustaining advocate and funding partner for arts and culture
- Developed and scaled HyperStream, a 501(c)3 organization, to support technology education in order to build the pipeline of future skilled workers and help students pursue careers in IT and innovation
Leann rolls up her sleeves to help bring the community together:
- Joined the Spencer Municipal Hospital Advisory Board, working with administration and trustees to sustain a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States, and build excellent healthcare resources for patients in the state and regional area
- Founded the Spencer Riverfront Farmers Market to create a reliable Saturday morning destination for farmers and producers to sell directly to local customers
- Started events, such as the Little Sioux Handmades & Homemades Market and Rocket Suzie Music Festival, to promote artists and creatives and share gatherings for everyone to enjoy
- Elected to the Spencer City Council—the first woman to serve in over two decades—to help build economic development initiatives and make Spencer a thriving and family-supportive town