Iowa 1st District hopefuls tout new endorsements

Dandekar, Kajtazovic, Murphy, Blum all pick up key supporters

James Q. Lynch
Published: April 1 2014 | 10:07 am - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:01 pm in

With little more than two months until Iowa U.S. House 1st District voters choose Democratic and Republican nominees, candidates are touting new endorsements.

In the Democratic race, former lawmaker and state utilities commissioner Swati Dandekar, recently endorsed by NOW PAC, has received the endorsements of Sen. Mat McCoy, D-Des Moines.

"Like me, Swati is a trailblazer," McCoy said in his endorsement. "I was the first openly gay member of the Iowa General Assembly and Swati was the first Indian-American woman ever elected to a state legislature."

Meanwhile, McCoy's colleague, Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, has endorsed Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic, D-Waterloo, in her race for the 1st District nomination.

"I am supporting Anesa for Congress because she understands firsthand the needs of middle class families like mine." Sodders said. "She will fight to widen the path for the middle class and I know we can count on her to get things done in Washington for regular Iowans. Anesa brings a fresh perspective and valuable experience to the table; she is exactly what our district needs."

And former U.S. Rep. Dave Nagle of Waterloo endorsed Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, who recently was endorsed by the progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Nagle is backing Murphy "because for 25 years he has developed a record of understanding government and getting work done. Pat has walked the walk and talked the talk for Iowan families, that makes this choice easy for me. Pat Murphy is the best person to represent us in Congress.”

In the 1st District GOP race, Rep. Walt Rogers, R-Waterloo, who was a candidate, has endorsed Dubuque businessman Rod Blum for the nomination.

“Rod’s background as a small business owner, combined with his campaign’s organizational and financial strength, make him uniquely capable of winning in November," Rogers said.

Blum faces Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje and Marshalltown attorney Gail Boliver for the Republican nomination.

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