SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) - Republican State Senator Jim Carlin, of Sioux City, has announced his candidacy for Senator Charles Grassley's seat in the U.S. Senate.
Carlin's formal announcement, which came during a news conference Monday, sets up a Republican primary with Grassley, who's a seven-term U.S. Senator representing Iowa.
Carlin says announcing his candidacy isn't about challenging Grassly. Rather, Carlin said his campaign is about issues that concern him.
That includes challenges poses by China, what he calls the "disintegration" of family as an institution, the decline of rural Iowa, and the threat to free speech that big tech represents.
"I think you're going to have to make a case that you have a new vision. New ideas. Fresh perspective. Senator Grassley has done a lot of good. I don't think anyone could discount the service he's given to the state of Iowa. But, at the same time, I didn't get in the race to drop out at any point. I'm in it for the duration," said Carlin.
We reached out to Senator Grassley to find out if he's made a decision about reelection in 2022.
A Grassley aide told KTIV "...the 2020 campaign just ended and the 2022 campaign is still a long way off."
Communications Director Taylor Foy continued "…(Senator Grassley) tells anyone who asks that he loves his job representing Iowans as much as ever. There's plenty of time for political campaigns in the next two years. For now, Senator Grassley is focused on serving Iowans and holding government accountable, as he's always done."