First Democratic challenger to Joni Ernst announces candidacy

Kimberly Graham, a lawyer from Indianola, is the first to announce a bid against Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

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First Democratic challenger to Joni Ernst announces candidacy

Photo from Kimberly Graham's U.S. Senate campaign Facebook

Photo from Kimberly Graham's U.S. Senate campaign Facebook

Photo from Kimberly Graham's U.S. Senate campaign Facebook

Photo from Kimberly Graham's U.S. Senate campaign Facebook

Sarah Watson, Politics Editor

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Kimberly Graham, a lawyer from Indianola, launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination to face Republican incumbent Joni Ernst for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

She is the first Democratic challenger to announce a bid for the Senate seat from Iowa in 2020.

“I’m running because it’s time for us to be represented in the Senate by a working person who knows what it’s like to pay skyrocketing medical insurance premiums and to have too much month left at the end of our money,” she wrote in a post on Facebook.

Graham represents abused or neglected kids as their attorney and guardian ad litem in the Recovery Court program.

According to a post on Facebook, Graham supports “Medicare for All,” a higher minimum wage, campaign finance law changes to “create a more level playing field for small farms and small businesses,” and anti-trust legislation to get money out of politics.

According to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll conducted in February, 57 percent of Iowans approve of the job Ernst is doing.

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