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Greenfield asks for help in ousting of Ernst

T-R PHOTO BY LANA BRADSTREAM
Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield tells a group of Marshalltown residents that she will fight for them and all of Iowa in the United State Senate.

The caucus is over, but candidates are still traveling the Hawkeye State and stopping in Marshalltown; not presidential candidates, but ones for the United States Senate.

Theresa Greenfield of Des Moines is one of four Democratric candidates running against Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). She stopped at the Iowa River Brewing Company Friday evening, for her “Hear It From the Heartland” campaign. Greenfield was in Boone earlier Friday afternoon.

Greenfield announced her campaign in June.

“I am thrilled to be in this fight,” she said. “I intend to take this fight to every single county, every single precinct across this state to defeat Joni Ernst this fall.”

She wanted to talk to Iowans about concerns they have. Greenfield told a crowd of roughly 30 people that state residents are primarily concerned about health care, the economy, education, big money in politics and the climate.

“They know the three-inch rains we’ve had is not right,” she said. “They know the flooding we’ve had throughout this state is wrong.”

Greenfield said Iowans want change and the only way to get it is to replace Ernst.

“Help me fire her this fall,” she said.

A strong supporter of unions, Greenfield told the crowd that she could not have been there if not for Social Security and union benefits. At the age of 24, she and her husband had a 13-month-old baby and another on the way when she heard a knock on the front door. It was a priest telling Greenfield her husband had just been electrocuted and died while on the job as a lineman.

“Unions built the middle class in this country,” she said. “They’ve been under attack for many, many years and I for one will be standing strong with unions.”

Greenfield attributed electricity, clean streets and mail delivery to union workers.

Greenfield has been endorsed by Iowa United States House of Representatives Abby Finkenauer (D-District 1) and Dave Loebsack (D-District 2).

Three other Democrats have thrown their hats in the race against Ernst — Michael Franken, Kimberly Graham and Eddie Mauro.

Correction: This article has been updated with the removal of a sentence regarding campaign finances.

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