Democrat Kim Weaver of Sheldon made the announcement Sunday on national television. Earlier this month, she announced that she would formally declare her candidacy if she was able to raise $100-thousand by September of this year. In the three weeks since making that announcement, the Weaver campaign raised more than $150-thousand from over 6-thousand individual donations, and received the high-profile endorsement of former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
Weaver ran against King in the 2016 general election, but failed to unseat the long-time representative.
Weaver is a Des Moines native, who graduated from Roosevelt High School. She then graduated from Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communications. A single mom, she works as an advocate for seniors in nursing homes, assisted living programs, and residential care facilities, overseeing a territory that includes thirteen counties and 109 care providers in Northwest Iowa.
Weaver has served as the Democratic Chair for O’Brien County since 2012.