Updated: July 22, 2021 08:27 AM
Created: July 22, 2021 08:24 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Democrat Abby Finkenauer is running for Republican Chuck Grassley’s U.S. Senate seat.
The one-term former congresswoman hopes her blue-collar credentials will propel her forward in a state that has grown more conservative over the years. Finkenauer spoke to The Associated Press about her plans before formally announcing her candidacy by video Thursday morning.
The 32-year-old offers a stark contrast to the 87-year-old Grassley, who was elected to his first Senate term eight years before Finkenauer was born.
Despite losing her House seat in 2020 after one term, Finkenauer remains a youthful prospect in the Iowa Democratic Party, which has struggled to produce a new generation for statewide office.
I'm Abby Finkenauer, and I'm running for U.S. Senate because Iowa—and our Democracy—are worth fighting for.— Abby Finkenauer (@Abby4Iowa) July 22, 2021
After 46 years in DC, @ChuckGrassley has lost touch with both.
I'm from a proud union family. We don't back down. I'm in this to win.
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