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March 8th, 2012

1st CD: Ben Lange Unveils Steering Committee

Unites broad coalition of activists, officials, and community leaders behind candidacy

INDEPENDENCE, IA – U.S. congressional candidate Ben Lange today unveiled the first round of his campaign’s Steering Committee, consisting of more than 50 top local Republican activists, Tea Party leaders, elected officials, and community leaders across Iowa’s 1st congressional district.

“I’m humbled and proud to have the advice and assistance of these fine men and women as we continue to build momentum, grow our organization, and prepare to defeat Bruce Braley,” Lange said. “The broad base of support our campaign continues to attract is further evidence that voters are tired of sending the same old politicians to Washington and they’re ready for some fresh blood.”

Lange’s authenticity and working class background define him as a person, according to Rob Gettemy, a former congressional candidate from the Cedar Rapids area. “I think Eastern Iowans are looking for a candidate who is honest, authentic, and who can relate to their everyday experiences,” said Gettemy. “Ben may not have a fancy house or drive a fancy car, but he has a working class ethic and he’ll tell us the truth.”

James White, owner of Waterloo-based Impact Marketing and Technology, believes Lange has the right approach to creating jobs and growing the economy. “We need to elect a congressman who understands the needs of small businesses and who can help the private sector jump-start the U.S. economy,” White said.

“Ben understands the proper role of the federal government in the lives of Iowans and has already proven to us that he has the guts to put principle before party, even at his political expense,” said Walt Tegtmeier, leader of the Oelwein Tea Party. “We know him and we trust him.”

“The bottom line is that Eastern Iowa needs a voice for growth and common sense from a person who can win this coming November. Ben Lange is the candidate best positioned to do it this year,” said Christian Fong, former gubernatorial candidate from Cedar Rapids.

“We’re prepared to help Ben finish the job we started last cycle,” said Jenn Jones, leader of the Jones County 9.12 group.

Members of Lange’s Steering Committee include:

Adelman, John (Dubuque)
Albrecht, Charlie (Bremer), Tea Party activist
Armstrong, Connie (Linn)
Boeckmann, Tom (Benton), Tea Party activist
Bressler, Greg (Buchanan)
Bunnell, Dan (Poweshiek), Republican activist
Burrack, Tim (Fayette), Corn Grower
Conklin, Jim (Linn), Fmr Chair, Linn County GOP
Dennis, Ervin (Black Hawk), Fmr State Representative
Dennis, Lavada (Black Hawk), Member, Black Hawk Republican Women
Dohrmann, Lori (Jones)
Eddy, Brian (Buchanan)
Feldman, Les (Dubuque), Tea Party activist
Fong, Christian (Linn), Fmr Gubernatorial Candidate
Gamez, Adolph Mick (Howard), Supervisor of Howard County
Garringer, Ray (Iowa), Assistant Police Chief of Williamsburg
Gettemy, Rob (Linn), Fmr U.S. Congressional Candidate
Giese, Matt (Dubuque), Fmr Chair, Dubuque County GOP
Grant, Gary (Linn), Fmr District Director for Rep. Leach
Hanson, Tom (Winneshiek), Northeast Iowa Tea Party Coordinator
Hanson, David (Fayette), Republican activist
Hasse, Althea (Linn), Republican activist
Heavens, Al (Clayton), Clayton County Attorney
Heavens, Jim (Dubuque), Mayor of Dyersville
Heil, Jarret (Marshall), Marshall County Treasurer
Hemesath, Bob (Winneshiek)
Iben, Irene (Fayette), Fmr Chair, Fayette County GOP
Jenkins, Willard (Black Hawk), Fmr. State Representative
Jones, Jenn (Jones), Leader of the Jones County 9.12 Group
Kendall, David (Jackson)
Kiessling, Curt (Dubuque), Member, Asbury City Council
Klaus, ‘Billboard’ Bob (Linn)
Klaus, Patti (Linn)
Kramer, Cheryl (Dubuque), Republican activist
Kurt, Paul (Dubuque), Tea Party activist
Mahaffey, Mike (Poweshiek), Fmr U.S. Congressional Candidate
Mason, Bob (Tama)
McCartney, Ron (Clayton), Clayton County Supervisor
Nemecek, Emma (Linn), Republican activist
Ostert, Charles (Jackson)
Parks, Brent (Buchanan), Chair, Buchanan County GOP
Pearson, Kathy (Linn), Republican activist
Reed, Chris (Linn), Fmr Republican Nominee, U.S. Senate
Rehberg, Kitty (Buchanan), Fmr State Senator
Reicks, Josh (Jackson), Republican activist
Reinkoester, Casey (Linn), Pastor
Rosenthal, Eric (Linn), Fmr Chair, Linn County GOP
Shaffer, Neil (Howard)
Shellhamer, Larry (Allamakee), Allamakee County Supervisor
Steffen, Warren (Howard), Howard County Treasurer
Stopplemoor, Wayne (Linn)
Tegtmeier, Walt (Fayette), Leader, Oelwein Tea Party
Thompson, Dave (Marshall), Marshall County Supervisor
Tucker, Robin (Linn), Fmr Linn County Chair for Marionette Miller-Meeks
White, James (Black Hawk), Conservative activist
Wood, Don (Black Hawk), Fmr Chair, Black Hawk County GOP
Young, Rick (Black Hawk), Owner, Young Plumbing Heating & Cooling

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