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Sen. Cory Booker and Congressional Candidate J.D. Scholten discuss food security policies at Spirit Lake town hall

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) –   A policy discussion on food security in Spirit Lake, Iowa, featured two politicians today.

J.D. Scholten, a Democratic candidate for Iowa’s fourth congressional district, and Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Cory Booker were at the town’s public library.

The discussion was the first stop on Scholten’s “Don’t Forget About Us” town hall tour.

During this tour, Scholten plans to hold a town hall in each of the 4th district’s 39 counties. Focusing on rural towns with smaller populations.

Scholten said he wants to focus on a better policy when it comes to food security among Iowans.

During the town hall in Spirit Lake, Senator Booker and Scholten also discussed their hopes for social security, job markets, and minimum wage.

Spirit Lake residents filled the public library Wednesday morning to get the chance to hear two politicians share their ideas for the future.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Cory Booker and Iowa’s fourth congressional district candidate, J.D. Scholten discussed many topics but food security was emphasized.

“I think one of the first things we need to do is raise the minimum wage. The other thing that I want to do, something a little deeper with the Farm Bill, is incentivize local farming and regionalize a lot of our farming practices,” said congressional candidate J.D. Scholten.

“If you’re willing to get up, work hard, to sweat, to go out and do a job, you should have a fair wage. You should have a living wage. The work should pay, you should not be below the poverty line,” said Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Cory Booker.

Sen. Booker also spoke at length about mental health in relation to health care.

He said, if elected president, he’ll bring more attention to issues like mental health.

“We have to start having systems that support all the challenges that we have. Again, that’s what being a moral society is all about, you don’t let people fall through the cracks,” said Senator Booker.

While both politicians have ties to Iowa, Scholten is from Sioux City and discussed his hopes for the future of his home.

“Where I see the economy is going towards, it’s going towards a green economy, it’s going towards technology, and we need to be at the forefront of that, and I just think Sioux City has so much potential. I just want to make sure we tap into that,” said Scholten.

Scholten’s second stop on his “Don’t Forget About Us” tour is in Okoboji at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday.

For a list of Scholten’s Town Hall events, click here.

Libbie Randall

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