Vilsack visits Sioux City as campaign draws to a close

2012-11-04T17:13:00Z 2013-07-11T13:14:37Z Vilsack visits Sioux City as campaign draws to a closeLAUREN MILLS lmills@siouxcityjournal.com Sioux City Journal
November 04, 2012 5:13 pm  • 

SIOUX CITY | U.S. House candidate Christie Vilsack made a final swing through the district on Sunday, touring Sioux City and stopping for a bite of Greek food at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Vilsack, a Democrat, is challenging Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, for the new Iowa fourth congressional district seat. The new district is comprised of 39 counties in Northwest Iowa.

The race represents the most intense competition King, a five-term congressman, has seen. Vilsack said she will continue campaigning right up to Election Day.

"I’m still doing phone calls. I just got off the phone with a woman who was still on the fence. I’m going to be working right up to the end," she said.

During her day in Sioux City, Vilsack dropped off food at a number of different staging areas for campaign volunteers who are canvasing neighborhoods and knocking on doors.

She also stopped for a pancake breakfast at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and a prime rib dinner at the Bethany Lutheran Church Fall Festival.

During the Sioux City visit, Vilsack was joined by her husband Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa governor, as well as her son and daughter-in-law. 

The visit is part of her Value of Common Sense Tour, which will continue on Monday with stops in Onawa and Ames.

Vilsack said she felt confident as she headed into the final hours of the campaign.

"I feel like we've run a great campaign and we've given people in the district a choice in this election and they haven't had that for a long time," she said.

The former Iowa first lady moved around the room at the Greek Orthodox Church, shaking hands and posing for pictures before sitting down for her Grecian dinner.

Paul Bindner, of Le Mars, said it was a nice surprise to see her at the church. He said he doesn't always vote Democrat but cast his ballot for Vilsack because he was tired of King's politics.

"I think she’d be good in Congress and a good representative. You've got to vote for the people, not the party," he said.

Polls show King and Vilsack in a dead heat, which Gus Scgos, of Sioux City, said made him nervous. 

"I would like to see her win, but I don't know if that will happen. I believe she is a nice person and I like strong people, honest people," said Scgos.

When George Klimiades, of Whiting, Iowa, shook hands with the candidate, he wished her good luck.

"I haven’t voted yet. I will vote on Tuesday, though, and I’m going to vote for her. I think it would be good for the district to have a change and a new perspective in office," Klimiades said.

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