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February 24th, 2014

Miller-Meeks Hopes Third Time is the Charm

Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks begins her third campaign for Congress with a tour around Iowa’s Second District this Wednesday and Thursday. The GOP nominee in 2008 and 2010, Miller-Meeks fell short in the general election both times. She lost by five points to incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack four years ago.

The Second District is reconfigured from the last time Miller-Meeks ran. Democrats held a voter registration edge of almost 48,000 there heading into the November 2010 elections. That margin is just more than 30,000 now.

The big difference is Linn County, which is overwhelmingly Democrat-leaning, is now in the First District. In its place is Scott County, where the Democrats registration edge is only 5,500.

Dr. Miller-Meeks spent the past three years serving as Iowa’s public health director. She resigned last month to prepare for another congressional bid.

“I had the pleasure of working with a governor who runs a state well, balances the budget, is transparent and serves Iowans. Washington, however, has become increasingly dysfunctional, and needs a doctor to fix it. Everyone I speak with is concerned about health care costs, the economy and government overreach,” Miller-Meeks told

Although Miller-Meeks was not part of the tidal wave of Republicans who successfully swept into office in 2010, the backlash against Obamacare could provide a boon to GOP candidates this November.

“The Affordable Care Act has been even worse than I had predicted and I have experience not only in health care, but as a small business owner and director of a state agency. I know the effect of regulations and the impact they have on small businesses and the middle class and can provide common sense solutions,” Miller-Meeks said.

Before facing off with Congressman Loebsack again, Miller-Meeks needs to emerge victorious in the GOP primary. Iowa House Rep. Mark Lofgren announced his candidacy for the seat last June, but he has struggled to gain traction and raise money. Lofgren garnered only $91,000 last year and entered 2014 with only $32,000 cash-on-hand. Davve Loebsack entered this year with more than $425,000 cash-on-hand.

Miller-Meeks is a strong campaigner and if Lofgren does not step up his game immediately, she will handily dispatch him in the June primary. That will be difficult for Lofgren to do since until at least mid-April, he will spend four days per week at the Iowa Capitol working in the legislature, far away from the Second District.

Democrats are desperate to send Iowa’s first female to Congress. However, of all the females running for the state’s congressional seats this year, Mariannette Miller-Meeks might have the best opportunity to earn that distinction.

The thought of Iowa’s first female representative in Congress being a Republican ensures Democrats will do all they can to ensure Miller-Meeks loses again. She is prepared for a heated contest.

“Government needs to work for all of us and be accountable,” Miller-Meeks said. “As a doctor and a director, I have the experience and independent thinking to insure both service to people and accountability of government. It’s time for someone to stand up for the little guy and middle class!”

Below is the Miller-Meeks campaign’s schedule of events for this week’s launch:

Wednesday – February 26


Candidate available 7:30am – 8:30am; speak at 7:45am

Ivy Bake Shoppe

309 South Gear Avenue

West Burlington, IA 52655

Mt. Pleasant

Candidate meet/greet with patrons at 9:15am

HyVee (kitchen/diner area)

1700 East Washington Street

Mount Pleasant, IA 52641


Radio Interview with Theresa Rose of KILJ Radio (1130 AM & 105.5 FM)

2411 Radio Drive

Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641


Candidate meet/greet with patrons at 10:30am

Revelations Cafe

112 N Main Street

Fairfield, IA 52556


Candidate available 11:30am – 12:30pm; speak at 11:45am


702 West Main Street

Ottumwa, IA 52501


Radio Interview with Sally Hart of KCII Radio (1380 AM & 106.1 FM)

110 E Main Street

Washington, Iowa 52353

Iowa City

Candidate available 5:30pm – 6:30pm; speak at 5:45pm

Iowa City Cancer Treatment Center

3010 Northgate Dr

Iowa City, IA 52245


Thursday – February 27


Candidate available 7:30am – 8:30am; speak at 7:45am

Happy Joe’s

2430 Spruce Hills Drive

Bettendorf, IA 52722


Candidate meet/greet with patrons at 9:15am

Elly’s Tea & Coffee

208 W 2nd Street #8

Muscatine, IA 52761


Candidate available 12:30pm – 1:30pm; speak at 12:45pm

Uncle Nancy’s Coffee Shop

114 North 2nd Avenue West

Newton, Iowa 50208


Candidate meet/greet with patrons at 2:30pm

Smokey Row Coffee

109 S Market Street

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Des Moines

4:00pm – 6:00pm

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Central Iowa Summit


Sheraton Inn

1800 50th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa


7:00pm – 7:45pm

Marion County Central Committee Meeting

Highpoint Apartments

340 E 13th Street

Pella, IA 50219


8:00pm – 8:45pm

Mahaska County Central Committee Meeting

Mahaska County Courthouse

106 S 1st Street

About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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