Mark Jacobs first to launch TV ads in Iowa GOP U.S. Senate race

First of seven Republicans seeking the nomination to open a TV campaign

James Q. Lynch
Published: December 19 2013 | 11:01 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:56 am in
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After a 26-city announcement tour, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Jacobs is taking his campaign to the next level – television.

The former energy company executive will launch television ads in three Iowa network markets – Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Sioux City – as well as a statewide cable television, according to a campaign spokesperson.

He’s the first of the seven Republicans seeking the nomination to open a TV campaign. So far, the candidates have been engaging voters at county central committee meetings, house parties and in small groups as well as at a variety of candidate forums.

Jacobs’ ads are part of his effort to introduce himself in a crowded field for the Republican nomination. Seven candidates are vying for the opportunity to face U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the presumptive Democratic candidate for the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring.

In addition to Jacobs, the GOP field includes Ankeny attorney Matt Whitaker, state Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak, former U.S. Senate staffer David Young, college professor Sam Clovis, attorney and author Paul Lunde and salesman Scott Schaben, both of Ames.

The TV spot will focus on his priorities of job creation and better opportunities for Iowans, his spokesperson said. Jacobs has called for reforming taxes and federal regulations, and expanding the domestic energy market to fuel job creation and economic growth. The core issue facing the nation is jobs, Jacobs said when he formally announcing his candidacy last month. When people are employed, families do better, communities do better and opportunities for everyone increase, he said.

The campaign didn’t disclose how much it was spending on the ad buy or how many times the ads would appear.

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