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vying for U.S. Senate

• Van Meter native — running to replace retiring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin — visits Creston Monday

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:36 a.m. CDT

David Young wants your vote.

Young — longtime chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa — is one of at least three Republicans vying to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Young entered the race in early June and is currently touring all 99 counties in Iowa.

He stopped in Creston Monday.

“To get the votes, you must see all the people of Iowa,” Young said. “So, that’s what we are doing. After today, we will be about one-third of the way done.”

Young also visited Osceola, Corning, Clarinda, Shenandoah and Red Oak Monday, and his message to the voters of southwest Iowa was clear.

“I see three deficits,” Young said. “The budget deficit, jobs deficit and trust deficit. In regard to the budget, we’re spending too much money. Our deficit has doubled under President Obama. That gets under my skin. Every business and citizen across the United States has a budget and our federal government should to. If elected, I’ll be an equal-opportunity watchdog for the voters of Iowa.”

Young added, jobs are still a main concern across the United States with a 7.6 percent unemployment rate. Young also said there is a trust deficit in the U.S., and he’s running for Senate to help restore confidence in the republic.

Young, born in Van Meter, said he plans to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and then defeat Democratic candidate Bruce Braley in November 2014.

“I’m ready to be Iowa’s Senator,” Young said. “I know the issues, I know Iowans, and if I’m elected I will hit the ground running for Iowa in the Senate. I have the leadership and courage to take on the tough issues in Washington — even if the issues are within my own party.”

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