DES MOINES — Ben Lange, a small business owner from Independence, filed paperwork today with the Iowa Secretary of State to become the first candidate to officially challenge liberal Democrat incumbent, Bruce Braley, in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District.
Lange’s filing comes less than a week after another challenger, Brian Cook, dropped his congressional bid and endorsed Lange. Cook described Lange as a true conservative leader and the clear front-runner. Cook encouraged Republicans to close ranks and support Lange’s candidacy.
Lange made the following statement at the time of filing.
“From the beginning of this campaign, I’ve made it clear that this is not my campaign; this is our campaign. Today, because of the hard work, commitment, and dedication of volunteers throughout the district, we reached yet another milestone with the submission of more than 2,000 signatures. To all of those people who helped in this effort, I want to express my personal gratitude. The progress we’ve made, and the progress we will make, is because of you. To those residents who are’ frustrated, angry, and disillusioned with incumbent politicians, I say, ‘join with us.’ We need you, and we will fight for you.
To help Ben, visit his website.
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