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Shaw announces candidacy for U.S. House

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 11:07 a.m. CDT

A Shenandoah native added his name to the list of candidates hoping to fill Rep. Tim Latham’s 3rd Congressional District seat.

Monte Shaw grew up on a farm near Shenandoah and graduated from Simpson Community College in Indianola. He currently resides in West Des Moines with his wife, Tina, and two children, Eden and Max.

He visited Creston for his hometown press tour during a 10-city campaign event Wednesday.

Shaw is currently the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels association.

He has worked to promote energy independence and rural economic development in Iowa.

“Given the path our federal government is currently on, it’s not an overstatement to say the very future of our children is at state,” said Shaw. “Do we want to have the same opportunities that we did? Or are we content to sit back, do nothing, and see them buried under a pile of debt and big government programs?”

Besides seeking a better future for our country by promoting energy independence, Shaw wants to control government spending, cut the federal bureaucracy, and continue allowing the economy to grow.

Shaw added creating an environment for “robust job creation” will be his number one priority in Congress.

“By telling the federal government to stop it, simplify it, solve it and secure it, we can spur economic growth and ultimately solve our fiscal problem,” said Shaw. “Growth equates to jobs and jobs equate to higher tax revenues. That is the path to balanced budgets and deficit reduction.”

In his addition to his work with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Shaw has managed several Republican campaigns and served as an aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley. He has remained an active volunteer for the Republican party at the state and local levels.

“We need more than someone who will just vote right,” Shaw said. “They also need to be an effective advocate for us.”

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