Christina Bohannan, UI law professor, announces her candidacy for Congress


Representative Christina Bohannan announced her intention to challenge Representative Marianette Miller-Meeks on Tuesday.

A professor from the University of Iowa is running for Congress.

Representative Christina Bohannan, who represents Iowa City in the state House of Representatives, on Tuesday announced her intention to run for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, the first Democrat to compete in the race.

She will challenge Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, the Ottumwa Republican who won the 2nd constituency by six votes in 2020.

In a fundraising email announcing her campaign, she introduced herself as a friend of the Iowa workers. She said she grew up in a mobile home and her family struggled financially when her father fell ill and her insurance was canceled.

“I am running for Congress because there is so much at stake – for our children, our families and our communities,” she said in a statement shared Tuesday morning. “People like my dad, who work hard and do their part, should be able to make a living without the fear that whatever they have worked for will be pulled out from under them. “

Bohannan said * The Iowan Daily * she spoke to Democrats, Republicans and independents living in the district before deciding to run.

“One thing people really want is someone who puts them and their day-to-day needs ahead of party politics,” she said. “I think that’s probably the main thing I’ve heard over and over again.”

Bohannan said the last two people to represent the district, Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, were independent in Congress. She would put the district ahead of herself or national partisan politics, she said.

As the race approached last November, Bohannan said Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District is diverse in the communities it encompasses.

“We have people from all walks of life, all kinds of different experiences and perspectives, and it’s perfectly fine, it’s how it should be, and I look forward to representing them all,” said Bohannan. “I really believe I can connect with the neighborhood. My background is that I grew up in a very rural area, a very small town.

Bohannan said his family’s financial hardships due to his father’s illness are similar to the hardships other people in Iowa’s 2nd District have experienced, such as small business owners during the pandemic.

“I really want to give people a chance and I think people all over the district believe this is what they expect from their representatives and this is the kind of representative I will be,” she said. declared.

On Tuesday morning, Miller-Meeks released a statement criticizing Bohannan’s votes in the state legislature against the “Back the Blue Act” – which created tougher penalties for protesters and greater protection for police officers – and against a law banning mask warrants in schools.

“Elections are about leadership and direction. I’m sure voters in Iowa’s Second Congressional District want an MP who has proven her commitment to building a better future for working families, Iowa, and the nation rather than one whose vision the future is more division and social unrest, less support for law enforcement and less personal freedom for those of us who play by the rules, ”Miller-Meeks wrote.

Bohannan, who hosted a Democratic fundraiser on his 50th birthday in July – with attendees including the gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ras Smith, D-Waterloo, the candidate for the 1st Congressional District, Senator Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha and Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer – said she is excited about what is going on in the Democratic Party of Iowa right now.

“We have a lot of really good Democratic candidates for 2022 and I think that’s really exciting a lot of people… What really strikes me about all of these candidates is that they work really hard and they don’t ‘have never received anything, “Bohannan mentioned. “They’ve worked for everything they’ve got, and they’re working very, hard for their constituents, so I’m very happy to be with them, and I’m excited to see what is happening with their campaigns all. as I am excited about mine.

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