Some of the most prominent Democratic legislators living in Iowa's first Congressional district have endorsed Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon, a day after she announced she will run for Congress again in 2016. The group includes lawmakers from the three largest metro areas in IA-01:
Cedar Rapids (State Senators Liz Mathis and Rob Hogg, State Representatives Art Staed, Kirsten Running-Marquardt and Liz Bennett)
Waterloo/Cedar Falls (State Senator Bill Dotzler and State Representative Timi Brown-Powers)
Dubuque (Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum)
Support from Mathis is particularly noteworthy, because many Iowa Democrats encouraged her to run for Congress in 2014. Mathis endorsed Vernon shortly before last year's five-way primary.
Former State Senator Jack Hatch and several current lawmakers who live outside IA-01 also endorsed Vernon today: State Senators Joe Bolkcom, Bob Dvorsky, and Rich Taylor, and State Representatives Vicki Lensing, Mary Mascher, and Sally Stutsman. All besides Taylor represent parts of Johnson County, which is part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor.
The full press release from Vernon's campaign is after the jump. It sends a strong signal to any other Democrats who may be considering this race, including former State Senator Swati Dandekar and Ravi Patel, the president of Hawkeye Hotels.
From Vernon for Congress, January 16
MONICA VERNON ENDORSED BY IOWA DEMOCRATIC LEADERS
Campaign Receives Early Broad-Based Support, Praising "Vernon's ability to bring people together to solve some of our toughest problems"
CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tempore Monica Vernon today announced over a dozen endorsements of leaders across the state in her bid for congress in Iowa's First Congressional District.
For more information visit: www.monicavernonforcongress.com
"Monica Vernon has the determination and drive to make a real difference in Congress for Northeast Iowa - she's run a small business, raised three daughters, and been a strong leader for Iowa. I'm so excited to be supporting her for the First Congressional District race in 2016" State Senator Liz Mathis (Linn County) said.
State Senator Rob Hogg (Linn County) followed with, "Monica Vernon will be a wonderful Congresswoman who will work together to make progress for our country. She has been making progress for Cedar Rapids for years, as a mother, as a small businesswoman, and as a city council member."
"I'm supporting Monica Vernon because she'll be a leader and strong voice for the working men and women in the district; will advocate for raising the minimum wage; and will protect workers' and their ability to collectively bargain" said Senator Bill Dotzler (Black Hawk County).
State Senator and President of the Senate, Pam Jochum (Dubuque County) said, "I am thrilled to be supporting Monica Vernon for Congress. In Rod Blum's first few votes in Congress, he has shown his loyalty to Steve King and the extreme right and has proven he's out of touch with everyday Iowans. Monica will always put our needs ahead of politics as usual in Washington, D.C."
Below is the complete list of leaders who are endorsing Monica Vernon today:
State Senator and President of the Senate Pam Jochum
State Senator Liz Mathis
State Senator Rob Hogg
State Senator Bill Dotzler
State Senator Joe Bolkcom
State Senator Bob Dvorsky
State Senator Rich Taylor
Former State Senator Jack Hatch
State Representative Art Staed
State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt
State Representative Liz Bennett
State Representative Timi Brown-Powers
State Representative Vicki Lensing
State Representative Mary Mascher
State Representative Sally Stutsman