October 31, 2014

David Young exits U.S. Senate race to run for 3rd district congressional seat

Republican David Young — a candidate for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat — has decided to run for congress now that Republican Tom Latham has decided not to seek reelection.

“When I first considered running for office earlier this year it was for Iowa third district seat, my home district, because I believed Latham would run for the senate, but he didn’t and I announced for the senate with the goal of working for Iowans and I can still do that by working and running in the House of Representatives,” Young says.

Young quit his job as Senator Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff this spring, moved to his hometown of Van Meter and has been among a crowded field of Republicans vying for the U.S. Senate seat Tom Harkin announced he wouldn’t seek to reclaim in 2014. Young says his departure from the senate race makes it less likely the GOP’s U.S. Senate nominee will have to be chosen at state convention.

Young plans to transfer any money that remains in his U.S. Senate campaign account into a new congressional campaign account. On September 30, Young filed a report with the Federal Election Commission indicating he had about $125,000 cash on hand.