Mark Jacobs will formally announce his campaign for the 2014 Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate Nov. 19 with events in several cities, including Cedar Rapids.
Jacobs, a former energy company CEO and advocate for public education, will make his candidacy official with an announcement at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Kirkwood Horticulture Building, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids. Please use the entrance off 76th Street near the Hotel at Kirkwood. Doors open 11:00 am
Already Sen. Joni Ernst, attorney Matt Whitaker, salesman Scott Schaben, college professor and former radio host Sam Clovis, attorney and author Paul Lunde and former Grassley staffer David Young are competing for the nomination.
U.S. 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley is the presumptive Democratic nominee for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin who will retire at the end of his current term.
Jacobs hasn’t been sitting on the sidelines. He has been traveling the state to meet with Republicans and has been actively promoting his message on social media.
He’ll follow his announcement tour with a five-day, 22-city tour of Iowa.
A life-long Republican, Jacobs previously served as president and CEO of Reliant Energy, a Fortune 500 electric power company. He founded Reaching Higher Iowa, an organization advocating for improved public education. He has been traveling the state to discuss the need for accountability in our public schools and the opportunity to make Iowa schools best in the nation once again.
Jacobs graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Northwestern University.
He and his wife, Janet, have three children. They love in West Des Moines.