5 Republicans Vie for IA Senator Tom Harkin's Seat

May 27, 2014

Voters in Iowa will have five Republican Senate candidates to choose from in the primary election on Tuesday, June 3rd. 

Democrat Senator Tom Harkin is not running for reelection.  He is retiring at the end of this session.

Sam Clovis is a college professor.  From his website, Clovis says his focus is on the economy, national security and liberty.   Clovis was recently endorsed by Rick Santorum.

Senate candidate Joni Ernst received an endorsement by Governor Mitt Romney.  Ernst, a Lt. Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, says some of her key issues include protecting innocent life, restoring fiscal responsibility and creating jobs.

Republican Mark Jacobs is also running for Harkin’s Senate seat.  In a recent article, Jacobs explained he was running for Senate because he’s a businessman and not a politician, saying “I’m someone who brings people together.”  Jacobs is the retired chief executive officer of Reliant Energy.

According to Scott Schaben’s website, he is a “supporter of individual liberty, focusing on the rights of individuals while also offering a common sense and pragmatic approach to our nation’s economic problems.”   Schaben’s top issues include balancing the national debt, protecting the rights of individuals to carry firearms and clearly outlining Veteran’s benefits.

Small business owner Matt Whitaker is also running for the Senate.  Whitaker is primarily concerned with defunding and repealing Obamacare, preserving the Constitution and opposing a top-down nationalized approach to education.

Democrat Bruce Braley is running unopposed on the ballot.

The primary election takes place Tuesday, June 3rd.  More information is available online.

Tune in to KIOS-fm on Tuesday night for election coverage, beginning at 9:00.