Dem congressional candidate Ramsey concentrating on reaching all of the First District

“My background is not in politics, my background is in service.”

Democratic candidate for Iowa’s First United States Congressional District George Ramsey III said his background in the U.S. Army and his dedication to community make him the best candidate for the seat.

The Marion resident is running against three fellow Democrats in the June 5 primary; whoever wins that race will be set to face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rod Blum in the November general election.

“I’ve spent 31 years serving in the Army, and when it comes to personal and professional experiences, I stand out among the other candidates in this race,”Ramsey said. “I have dedicated my life to serving others within my community, more so than any of the other candidates in this race.”

When it comes to policy, he said he keeps in mind the many issues facing people across the district, not just his own preferences; health care is one topic he discussed.

Ramsey said that, while many people in the district have health insurance, a high number don’t go to see a doctor due to high premiums, or because they don’t have access to clinics.

“Those are certainly the kinds of things that are going to be important to look at,”he said.

Additionally, Ramsey said he will focus on advocating for working families if elected to Congress. He said he will reach out to all constituents in the district, urban and rural.

“I’ve been working extremely hard to be able to ensure that Democrats are connecting, and re-connecting, with our rural neighbors,” he said. “To beat Rod Blum, we’ve got to have a nominee who is not just going to connect with Democratic voters, but we’ve got to have a candidate who is connecting with all voters; winning in Linn County, Black Hawk County and in Dubuque County is not going to be enough for us to be able to win this election.”

Ramsey said residents of different areas of the district may have distinct priorities.

“We’ve made that, certainly, a priority in this campaign … to make sure that the issues that are important to those in Cedar Rapids are equally as important as the issues to those in Marshalltown,” he said.

In addition to his time in the Army, Ramsey said he served as a special agent at the Missouri Department of Public Safety. He said he has always become involved in the community wherever he has lived.

“I’ve got a lifelong commitment to serving other people,” he said, adding that includes “the work that we’re doing within the community, within Cedar Rapids and in Waterloo, working directly with families that are struggling everyday to be able to make ends meet, helping them to become more self-sustainable.”

Another focus for Ramsey is fostering good relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

He described himself as a leader, and someone who can go “toe-to-toe” with Blum in the general election this fall.

“The people of Iowa’s First District deserve to have a leader,” Ramsey said. “When you look at my vast personal and professional experiences, they stand out among all of the other candidates in this race.”

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