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SIOUX CITY -- J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, has released a long list of endorsements from key Woodbury County officials.

The list includes state Reps. Chris Hall and Tim Kacena, Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott, and City Council members Alex Watters and Rhonda Capron.

Scholten is running to win the party's nomination in the June 5 primary election, as he competes against Democrats Leann Jacobsen, of Spencer, and John Paschen, of Ames. The Democrats are competing for the right to face the Republican nominee, where the candidates are incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve King, and GOP challenger Cyndi Hanson, of Sioux City.

Scholten, who lives in Sioux City, delved deep in the area for the endorsements.

"I believe in J.D. I believe his stances. We need an honest, hard-working young guy who is willing to move forward and is willing to listen to the people," two-term councilwoman Capron said.

"Having known J.D. since the very beginning when he declared his candidacy for Congress, I have watched him grow as a candidate. He has excelled at rallying people behind his vision for Iowa, raising the funds necessary to overtake an incumbent and listening to people from all over this district," Watters said.

The list of endorsements announced by the Scholten campaign also includes former mayor and councilman Jim Wharton, former Democratic state legislator Al Sturgeon of Sioux City; Rita DeJong, a current Democratic candidate for a state House seat in Sioux City; and Todd Wendt, a Democrat who narrowly lost a special election for a state Senate seat late last year.

Wharton said last week he changed his affiliation from No Party to Democrat to vote for Scholten in the primary. Years ago, Wharton changed his affiliation from Republican to No Party, or independent. After the June 5 primary, Wharton said he will switch back to No Party.

Scholten also held a fundraiser in Sioux City on Friday. At that event, he unveiled a new large campaign vehicle, a recreational vehicle that has been dubbed the Sioux City Sue, which references the famous song of the same name.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story misidentified Jim Wharton's political party registration.

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