Host Of Elected Officials, Key Activists Back Thomas Heckroth In 1st District

Host Of Elected Officials, Key Activists Back Thomas Heckroth In 1st District

By Pat Rynard

October 18, 2017

Thomas Heckroth’s campaign rolled out a long list of endorsers for his candidacy in Iowa’s 1st District Democratic primary today. State Representative Art Staed of Cedar Rapids joins Iowa House colleague Bruce Bearinger (who announced his support earlier) in backing the Waverly native. And he added a large host of activists and former elected officials from Black Hawk and Linn counties, including former congressional and state legislative candidate Gary Kroeger and Linn County Supervisor Ben Rogers.

“Thomas understands the challenges facing the 1st District, but he also knows there’s tremendous potential to grow these communities and create new opportunity,” said former Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston in a press release.

The full list of new supporters are:

Art Staed, Cedar Rapids State Representative
Ben Rogers, Linn County Supervisor
Linda Langston, former Linn County Supervisor
Gary Kroeger, former congressional candidate, Black Hawk County
Joleen Jansen, Clayton County Small Business Owner
Bob Greenwood, Former Iowa State House Candidate, Black Hawk County
Cheryl Greenwood, Black Hawk County
Peter W. Burk, Black Hawk County
Mary Ann Burk, Former CEO Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Black Hawk County
Karol Rae Hoth, Black Hawk County
Cammie Scully, Former Director of Waterloo Center for the Arts, Black Hawk County
Eric Donat, Disability Advocate, Black Hawk County
Jack Wertzberger, Dubuque County
Megan Stull, Dubuque County
Pat Taylor,  Former Iowa State Senate Candidate, Fayette County
Dick Woodard, Fayette County
Thomas Auge, Loras College Democrat

The addition of so many Black Hawk County names points to Heckroth’s efforts to solidify his base of support in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo section of the district. Heckroth lives in Cedar Falls and will need to turn that into a regional stronghold for him in the primary to prevail over Representative Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque. One of the big battlegrounds between the two will come in Cedar Rapids, where Heckroth has started to pick up a few well-known names with Staed, Langston and Rogers.

The 3rd quarter campaign finance filings showed Heckroth as decently competitive with Finkenauer in the money race, bringing in lots of small and mid-size donations from the district and beyond. Finkenauer starts out the race with a more well-known profile after two terms in the Iowa House, though Heckroth has been running a diligent campaign, picking up activists’ support as he travels around the district.

“Rod Blum has spent years in Washington failing to stand up for the families he represents. I know we can defeat him in November by building a grassroots network and meeting with Iowans in every corner of the 1st District,” Heckroth said in a release. “I’m humbled to have earned the support of these 1st District leaders and elected officials. Their confidence and support in our campaign is critical as we continue to grow our grassroots network.”


by Pat Rynard
Posted 10/18/17

  • Pat Rynard

    Pat Rynard founded Iowa Starting Line in 2015. He is now Courier Newsroom's National Political Editor, where he oversees political reporters across the country. He still keeps a close eye on Iowa politics, his dog's name is Frank, and football season is his favorite time of year.

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