Iowa Candidate Takes Important Step toward ‘Young Gun’ Status
Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has officially announced former Iowa State wrestling coach Jim Gibbons (IA-03) as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, an important first step in its Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Gibbons is running in Iowa’s Third Congressional District.
The Young Guns program is designed to assist Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives achieve goals and benchmarks throughout the election cycle focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign. By achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Gibbons has already proven his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve important fundraising goals.
“The NRCC is committed to working with Jim Gibbons as he continues to meet the rigorous goals of the Young Guns program,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. “Jim is an accomplished, independent leader who has already built significant momentum behind his campaign. I am confident that Republicans will be successful in our effort to defeat Leonard Boswell, who is an out-of-touch politician solely focused on his party’s big-government, big-spending agenda rather than job creation.”
Gibbons has a distinguished record of success both on and off the mat, but he is best known for his involvement with Iowa State’s wrestling program, where he was a three time All American wrestler. After winning the NCAA’s title in his weight class in 1981, Gibbons transitioned to coach, leading the Cyclones to the 1987 national championship. Under his leadership, the Cyclones produced 33 All Americans, 7 individual NCAA champions and several top four team performances. Gibbons remains active in the wrestling community by volunteer with various youth wrestling programs.
Having achieved certain benchmarks to place him on the road to victory, Gibbons now faces a new set of rigorous goals that will help him advance to the next level of the Young Guns program and help him build a competitive, effective and winning campaign.
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