Loebsack: Making it Official
After traveling around the district and talking to friends and relatives and in particular after lots of discussion with my wife Terry, we have decided to move forward in this process. I will make a formal announcement of my candidacy for congress in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, I will continue to visit as many folks in the district as I can and address as many groups as possible. It has been far too long since the people of the second district have had a representative who will fight in Washington for the interests of ordinary Iowans. Iowans in this district deserve nothing less than a decent job at a decent wage, health care that will provide more than crisis care, Social Security that will assist them in retirement, and a safe environment to sustain all of us into the future.
At this point, it is absolutely critical that you help on two fronts. First, this campaign needs volunteers in every county so when the time comes for canvassing, stuffing envelopes, getting up yard sign, etc., as the election approaches, voters will know what we stand for and why.
Second, none of this can be possible without adequate resources. And that means funding. The reality is that this district will be a difficult one to take back from the Republicans. The incumbent is well-entrenched and his reputation as something other than a real Republican needs to be questioned and countered. And now is the time for us to begin to reclaim at least one branch of our national government, beginning in the second district of Iowa.
Also, we will have to demonstrate that we are serious about this race and that there is the grass-roots and financial support to sustain a winning campaign. That can be demonstrated best by making a contribution early in the process. If enough of you give enough of a donation soon, success will lead to success on this front. And when that happens, our message will get out to the rank and file Democrats and others who need to hear it.
In the coming days I will be putting up a website where it will be easy to sign up as a volunteer and help financially. The e-mail address will be email@example.com. For now, you may simply respond to this e-mail to let me know how you will help. And checks may be made out to Loebsack for Congress and sent to P.O. Box 81, Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314.
As always, please be in touch with me if you have any questions or suggestions. And as always, take care.