Monte Shaw, a native of Shenandoah, recently visited the Dallas County News on Thursday, Feb. 13 to announce his candidacy for the open 3rd Congressional District seat.
Shaw, who said he’s been politically active since he attended Simpson College, decided to run for outgoing Rep. Tom Latham’s seat after receiving support from the public.
"A few folks called me up and said that I should do this," he said. "At the time, my wife and I kind of laughed at the idea, but we talked and prayed about it. We felt like it was the right thing to do."
He continued, saying his motivation is due, in part, because of his two children, Eden, 7, and Max, 3.
"I just think it’s not only unwise and unfair but basically immoral that we are taking all this debt and handing the IOU to our children," he said. "It it’s important enough that we need it today, we need to pay for it today. I want them to have the same economic opportunities that I have had."
Shaw said he is seeking a better future for the U.S. by focusing on controlling spending, cutting federal bureaucracy, growing the economy, and defending citizens’ liberties.
"We need to get rid of ObamaCare and start on real reform which places consumers in charge so we can actually have cost controls based on consumer choice-not one size fits all," he said. "We need to get the tax code and regulations under control, and hopefully we will foster a better environment."
Shaw has managed campaigns for multiple Republican candidates, served as an aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley and volunteered for the Republican Party at the state and local levels.
For more information on Shaw, visit www.IowasForShaw.com or Iowans for Shaw on Facebook.