Braley Files for US Senate with 12,073 Signatures from All 99 Counties Print
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:12
Braley running for Senate to fight for middle class, expand economic opportunity

DES MOINES, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley today formally filed paperwork with the Iowa Secretary of State to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin.

Iowa law requires Democratic candidates wishing to qualify for the June primary election ballot to file nomination petitions with 4,113 signatures of eligible Iowa voters from at least 10 Iowa counties. Braley filed nomination petitions with 12,073 signatures from all 99 Iowa counties – that’s the most signatures submitted by any statewide candidate this year. 

Braley said, “I’m running for Senate to fight for Iowa’s middle class, and I'm honored to have already received such enthusiastic support from Iowans in every corner of our state. As I’ve traveled to Iowa’s 99 counties over the past year, I’ve listened to Iowans tell me of their struggles with rising costs and shrinking opportunities. And too many politicians in Washington are making things worse.

“I understand the concerns of the middle class because that’s where I come from, growing up in rural Iowa, raising my family here, and  working jobs since the 2nd grade delivering the paper, baling hay, waiting tables and later working road construction to help pay my way through college. Iowa deserves a Senator who will work every day to help small businesses succeed, create Iowa jobs, and protect Social Security and Medicare. That’s why so many Iowans are standing behind our campaign.”

Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. His father, a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in World War II, and his mother, a teacher, taught him the value of hard work. Braley worked jobs like road construction and truck driving to help pay his way through college and law school. As an attorney in Waterloo, Braley represented Iowans who took on powerful interests and big corporations. Elected to the US House in 2006, Braley has worked to create Iowa jobs, protect farms, strengthen small businesses, and stand up for veterans. Bruce Braley is running for Senate to fight for the things that matter most to Iowans. He’ll fight for middle class families, because that’s where he comes from.

Braley lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three grown children: Lisa, David, and Paul.
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