SIOUX CITY | John Paschen, a pediatrician from Ames, on Tuesday will become the fourth Democratic candidate to seek the Iowa 4th congressional district position in 2018.

Paschen will start his announcement tour with a kickoff event in Ames, then follow that with meet-and-greet events in Sioux City and Storm Lake.

Paschen joins a growing Democratic field that also includes Leann Jacobsen, a first-term Spencer City Council member, J.D. Scholten, a former professional baseball player and native of Sioux City, and Paul Dahl, a bus driver from Webster City.

In a release, Paschen said he has not run for elective office before, but felt compelled due to inaction on major issues such affordable health care and the lack of quality jobs. Paschen also appeared to make a reference to U.S. Rep. Steve King, the Republican from Kiron who holds the 4th District seat.

"Iowans in the 4th District deserve a member of Congress more focused on getting things done than getting on cable television,” Paschen said.

“We need to get back to the basics of putting politics aside to pass bills and solve real problems, and that’s what I intend to do if given the opportunity to serve in Congress.”

He is a pediatrician at the McFarland Clinic in Ames. The Ames event will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Sioux City event will be at 2 p.m. at Pierce Street Coffee Work, at 1920 Pierce St., then he will speak at 6 p.m. at Better Day Café, 518 Lake Ave., in Storm Lake.

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