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SIOUX CITY -- J.D. Scholten, a Democratic congressional candidate from Sioux City, announced the backing Tuesday from another labor union.

Scholten, seeking the Iowa 4th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said he has received an endorsement from the Northwest Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council.

Scholten previously received endorsements from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 83 in Kansas City, which represents workers in four states, and from Iron Workers Local 21 in Omaha.

According to a news release from his campaign, Scholten has "momentum," since in the most recent campaign finance reporting quarter he doubled King's donations for the same period. Scholten raised more than $174,000 for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, while King had revenues of $87,543.

Scholten said he's pleased to get union support, as he continues to speak about fighting for working-class Iowans.

"I’m grateful to be recognized by unions, whose success and struggles have gone hand and hand with the rise and fall of the working class in America," he said.

Leann Jacobsen, of Spencer, and John Paschen, of Ames, also are seeking the Democratic nomination for the 4th District seat.


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