2014 Voter Guide

In an effort to provide voters with information about the candidates in the 2014 primary elections, Iowa Public Radio staff contacted the Democratic and Republican candidates competing in Iowa’s open congressional races. 

Each of the candidates who responded to our inquiries was interviewed and asked the same basic questions.  We’ve provided their answers, and in some cases, the audio of those answers.  The complete interviews are also available.  Please note that none of the candidate claims have been fact-checked. Click on the candidate’s name to see the information, or scroll through the postings below.

US Senate:                    
(Replacing Senator Tom Harkin)                   

Republican:                                                                         Democrat:
Sam Clovis                                                                               Bruce Braley
Joni Ernst
Mark Jacobs
Scott Schaben
Matt Whitaker

US House:                

First Congressional District:              
(Replacing Representative Bruce Braley)               

Republican:                                                                         Democrat:
Rod Blum                                                                                 Swati Dandekar
Gail Boliver                                                                              Anesa Kajtazovic
Steve Rathje                                                                             Pat Murphy
                                                                                                    Dave O'Brien
                                                                                                    Monica Vernon
 

Third Congressional District:              
(Replacing Representative Tom Latham)             

Republican:                                                                         Democrat:
Robert Cramer                                                                        Staci Appel
Joe Grandanette
Matt Schultz
Monte Shaw
David Young
Brad Zaun

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The Republican and Democratic parties dominate politics in our state and our country.

Courtesy of the Miller-Meeks

Republican Candidate for Iowa’s second congressional district Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks says a mishandling of the U.S.’ withdrawal from Iraq is to blame for the current crisis in the region.

Rod Blum for Congress

The Republican candidate for Iowa’s first congressional district, Rod Blum, says we need to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S. 

Courtesy of the Appel for Iowa campaign

Staci Appel, a former State Senator from Ackworth, would be the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress if elected. She says it's time for politicians to start working with, not against each other. 

After serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the Iowa National Guard, Jim Mowrer says he's ready to serve his country in a slightly different manner. 

Joni Ernst for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Matt Whitaker for U.S. Senate

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Steve Rathje. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Boliver for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Gail Boliver. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series. 

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Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Anesa Kajtazovic. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Monica Vernon. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Rod Blum for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Republican candidate Rod Blum. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

IowaHouse.gov

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Pat Murphy. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

O'Brien for Iowa

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Democratic candidate Dave O'Brien. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

ScottSchaben.com

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Schaben. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Iowa GOP

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Iowans for Sam Clovis

Read this candidate profile of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Candidate Profile: Robert Cramer

May 27, 2014

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Robert Cramer. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Iowa GOP

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Brad Zaun.  He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

Swati Dandekar for Congress

Read this candidate profile of 1st District Candidate Swati Dandekar. She was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate David Young. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

http://iowansforshaw.com/

Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Monte Shaw. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.

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Read this candidate profile of 3rd District Candidate Joe Grandanette. He was interviewed as part of IPR's 2014 Primary Voter Guide series.