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Stacey Walker rules out Congressional run

Linn County Supervisor decides against a run for Congress.

Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker has decided against a run for Congress.

Walker had been considering running for Iowa's First Congressional District against Representative Rod Blum.

In a statement released on his website, Walker says the growing number of candidates in the democratic primary and continuing his work in Linn County are the main reasons he chose not to run.

There are at least four candidates running in the democratic primary already.

State Representative Abby Finkenauer, former military recruiter George Ramsey III, Aeronautical Engineer Courtney Rowe, and Thomas Heckroth all have announced their plans to challenge Blum.

In 2016, Walker became the first African American to be elected to the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

His full statement is below:

"Let me begin by saying thank you to everyone who has offered me their encouragement over the past several weeks as I have taken time to consider entering the primary contest in the First Congressional District. Hearing from party leaders, current and past elected officials, labor leaders, activists, friends, family members and residents in every corner of the district has been a wonderful experience. While this support and encouragement has been humbling, I have decided not to enter the race for Congress.

I arrived at my decision after weighing many considerations, one of which being the understanding that the primary field has grown to include candidates of substance, who also possess the ability to energize the base and bring more voters into the fold. However, the most important consideration was the recognition that there is more work to do in Linn County. My best and highest use as a public servant at this moment is to continue to serve the people of my home county.

Since being elected to office this past November, we have worked together to bring about much needed progressive change. From extending AFSCME and other public worker collective bargaining contracts, to increasing the minimum wage, to funding recovery efforts for small businesses affected by a devastating flood, to passing a balanced budget with no levy rate increases, our work has positively impacted the lives of scores of thousands of hardworking Iowans. We should all be proud of this work.

We have made incredible progress as a community, but even in the face of our success, we can still recognize that there is more we can do together to make our neighborhoods – both rural and urban – safer, more equitable and places where all people can thrive. It is my goal to continue serving the people of Linn County and I hope to have your help and support during my re-election campaign.

Just like our slate of gubernatorial candidates, we have a great group of Democrats running for Congress in the First District. They bring with them diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, all steeped in service. From a distinguished career in the military, to a career dedicated to the development of the life-saving technology used by service members in the field. From service in the Iowa legislature, to service in the Obama administration, all of our candidates are well prepared to represent Iowans in Congress.

The elder Trudeau once said that the essential ingredient of politics is timing. While it is not my time to seek higher office just yet, all good leaders understand the value of being able to look ahead. At this present moment, it is important to me and so many others whose voices are seldom heard, that I continue to serve in my current role - a supervisor for the people. If we continue to build on the momentum we've created thus far, there will be no limit to the heights we can climb together in the future."

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