SIOUX CITY | A Republican from Sioux City has decided to make her first run for elective office against a fellow Republican, U.S. Rep. Steve King.

Cyndi Hanson, in a Sioux City event, announced her candidacy Tuesday for the Iowa 4th District congressional seat in 2018. She told the Journal she is more moderate than King and will seek a less controversial path to solving the nation's problems.

"I don't believe divisive rhetoric generates solutions or positive dialogue. Seeking to recognize and build upon points of agreement is a far more productive strategy for continued growth and progress of the country," Hanson said.

She added, "I want to be a Republican alternative that is truly reflective of Iowa and the values we cherish."

Hanson, 45, is executive director for South Sioux City Extended Campus. She was raised in the Monona County town of Castana.

Listing ways in which she is different than King, Hanson said, "I fully support Iowa's agricultural industries, including renewable fuels, biotech, traditional and diversified production agriculture."

She also said the founding fathers did not want representatives to be lifelong politicians. King was first elected in 2002.

"The longer one is away from and not engaging in conversations with their constituency, the less likely he is to understand and represent the interests of the district. I'm committed to engaging with and representing the people of District 4," Hanson said.

A Republican primary vote will determine the party's nominee in June 2018, in advance of the November general election. She said she plans to make herself well know in the seven months to the primary, touring her integrity and support of family values.

Hanson also made stops in Mason City and Ames on Tuesday.

Democrats in the 4th District field include LeAnn Jacobsen, a first-term Spencer City Council member, J.D. Scholten, a former professional baseball player and Sioux City native, John Paschen, a pediatrician from Ames, and Paul Dahl, a bus driver from Webster City.

Also in the congressional field is Charles Aldrich, of Clarion, who will run as a member of the Libertarian Party.

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