On Wednesday, Matt Campbell, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Iowa's 5th District held a campaign event at the Cherokee Community Center. Campaigning along with Campbell was Marty Pottebaum, Democratic candidate for the Iowa State Senate from District 27.
While at Morningside College, Campbell was a volunteer, intern and temporary caseworker for Senator Tom Harkin and helping campaign for Senator Harkin in Iowa and also in New Hampshire when he ran for U.S. President.
Campbell is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, U.S. Tax Court Bar, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar. He previously served as an intern at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for the Honorable Moody R. Tidwell, as an intern for the Justice Paul J. Kilburg of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Iowa, and as a research assistant at the University of Iowa College of Law for the Honorable Andrew G.T. Moore II, formerly of the Delaware Supreme Court.
Campbell believes good job creation and economic development is the number one issue in the 2010 election and stated he will provide results-oriented leadership to invest in Iowa rural towns and communities and revitalize them with good job development.
He also wants to work with development groups to spur job creation and found Iowa's 5th District Fast Tech 50, an annually identified list of Western Iowa's 50 fastest growing businesses.
Campbell also spoke about protecting health care rights and protecting Social Security by preventing privatization and fighting efforts to raise full retirement age to 70. He also spoke passionately on enforcing immigration laws and to support programs to e-verify workers' identification numbers.
Campbell strongly campaigned on his efforts to pursue criminal tax evasion such as the millions evaded as part of the UBS Swiss banking scandal.
Campbell will be facing Republican Congressman Steve King in the Nov. 2 General Election.
After Campbell was done speaking, the floor was turned over to Pottebaum. Pottebaum served on the Sioux City Police force for eighteen years before retiring after an injury suffered in the line of duty. The injury prevented him from continuing to serve as an active duty Police Officer.
After his time on the force, during which he served both as Liaison Officer at East High School and at Sioux City River-Cade, Marty became active in River-Cade as a volunteer, serving as Fleet Captain, Senior Vice Officer in charge of security and as an Executive Officer on the River-Cade Fleet.
Pottebaum was elected to, and served on, the city council of Sioux City from 1996-2000. He also served Sioux City as a member of the Sioux City Transit Board, and he is a past President of the Sioux City Police Officer's Association and the Iowa State Police Association. He is currently the Iowa State Police Association's appointee as trustee to the Municipal Fire & Police Retirement System of Iowa.
Pottebaum is a board member of the Jerry Rabiner Boy's Ranch in Fort Dodge, and is currently employed as Security Guest Services Manager at Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City.
Pottebaum will be running against the Republican nominee, Bill Anderson, in the Nov 2 General Election.