A Quad Cities attorney and school board member has announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack in Iowa’s new 2nd District.
John Archer, 39, senior legal counsel for John Deere and a member of the Pleasant Valley school board, said Wednesday he has filed formed a campaign committee in the new 24-county district that includes Johnson County. More information can be found at www.ArcherforCongress.com.
“It’s time for the United States to get serious about winning the future, and I’m ready to lead,” Archer said in his announcement. “We can no longer accept congressional representation that spends us into bankruptcy or a president who sees business regulation as the solution to the nation’s ills.”
Loebsack, a retired Cornell College political science professor from Mount Vernon who is in his third term, has announced the purchase of a home on Iowa City’s east side. Although he could have moved anywhere in the new district, Loebsack said he chose Iowa City because his daughter, son-in-law and grandchild live there.
The move will allow Loebsack to seek re-election in the new district. Congressional district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years to reflect population changes found in the decennial census.
Archer is the second Republican to enter the race. Blue Grass housing developer Dan Dolan, 51, also plans to challenge Loebsack. He’s running because of frustration with a “lack of logic” in Congress.
Earlier, Independence attorney Ben Lange ruled out a move into the 2nd District to challenge Loebsack. Lange ran a surprisingly tight race with 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat who currently represents the Quad Cities and several counties that will be a part of the new 2nd District. Many 1st District Republicans are encouraging Lange to challenge Braley again in 2012.
Tea Party activist Richard Gates, 52, a Keokuk production machinist, also announced plans to challenge Loebsack. He upset with the Washington “status quo,” especially congressional spending. Gates was an unsuccessful legislative candidate in 2010.
Archer has been meeting with area Republicans, including visiting a house party in Marion July 5 even though Linn County is not part of the new 2nd District.
“The reception and support has been great,” he said. “Iowans are anxious for new representation in Congress that will focus on creating good paying jobs, halting out-of-control spending and defending our constitutionally protected freedoms.”
Archer lives in Bettendorf with his wife, Andrea, and their two children. In addition to being a school board member, Archer is on the Bettendorf Family Museum Board of Directors.
The primary is next June. The secretary of state will begin accepting nominating papers in February.