by Jason Frerichs
Kim Weaver officially ended her campaign today and issued the following press release:
Over the last several weeks, I have been evaluating personal circumstances along with the political climate regarding this campaign. After much deliberation, I have determined that the best decision for me is to withdraw my candidacy for the US House race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. One consideration has been raised again by recent events at my home. Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats. While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern. Above this, my personal health is an issue. In order to sufficiently devote myself to the campaign, I would have to quit my job and shift to campaigning full-time. With recent legislation on health insurance, I must admit that the possibility of seeking a new job after the election exposes too much of a risk for me in not being able to secure health insurance. Most importantly, my mother lives in Des Moines and has been experiencing ongoing health issues. I feel that it’s necessary to be more available to support her. Considering this, along with the time and energy it takes to succeed as a candidate, I realize that I can’t fully commit to both. With all this in mind, I have made the difficult decision to end my campaign and to move out of the district and back to Des Moines where I grew up. Although I’m stepping down as a candidate, I still passionately support the defeat of Steve King. I will remain a part of the effort for a future candidate in this district, as well as help to elect a Democratic Governor and other Democrats across Iowa. In this effort, the funds we raised will be distributed within the district to continue to oppose Steve King. Possession of the campaign’s email list and volunteer contacts will be shared with the eventual candidate. We’ve started a significant movement in this district, and it’s important to see that progress continue. I’ve said from the beginning that this isn’t about me–it’s about unseating Steve King and gaining real representation for the 4th District of Iowa. As I withdraw from this candidacy, I want to share my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have supported and encouraged me along the way. I am especially thankful to my staff consisting of Todd Prieb, Sam Muhr, Sonya McGrady, Esha Krishnaswamy, and Chris Trull for the great work and value they contributed to the campaign. I would also like to mention and thank some of my most active supporters: A.C. Doyle, Dennis and Molly Smith, Jackie Stellish, Jessica Fears, Jamie Saker, Sandy Mostaert, Alyssa Cates, and Jason Frerichs, the Democratic Progressive Caucus, the Democratic Women’s Caucus, and my entire family. The people that stood with me along the way have been the engine that powered this movement and I want to let all of you know how much I appreciate your efforts. I humbly ask for your support and understanding during this difficult time, as well as your continued support with the effort to unseat Steve King.
This is a sad day for the Iowa Democratic Party and the fighting 4th district. Kim has been and will continue to be, a leader in Iowa’s progressive movement. She had the courage to take the thankless task of taking on Steve King in 2016. With only a budget of roughly $160,000, she performed better in the district than both Hillary Clinton and Patty Judge. The volunteer list and money she has already raised will be extremely helpful in the fight to turn the 4th district blue.