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Battle Creek man joins 4th Congressional race

Friday, September 7, 2012

A Battle Creek man has been nominated by petition to seek the Iowa District 4 United States Representative seat currently held by Steve King (R-Kiron).

Martin Monroe
Martin James Monroe is running for office as an Independent and will face off against King and Democrat challenger Christie Vilsack (D-Ames) in the November General Election.

According to information contained on his website, Monroe was born and raised in Ida Grove and lived with his mother and sister with grandparents Midge and Anna Monroe, who were neighbors to the family of former Governor and U. S. Senator Harold Hughes.

Monroe moved to San Diego after high school, and soon joined the U.S. Navy, serving onboard the USS Forrestal CV-59 Aircraft Carrier and stationed in Mayport, Florida.

After the Navy he attemded Western Iowa Tech and earned an apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating. He then worked in the plumbing trade in Colorado and California for seven years, until he was injured on the job.

He returned to college to retrain, studying business finance and political science at Yuba College in Woodland, California. He continued studies at the University of South Dakota, earning a B.A. in political science and minor in business law in 1997.

He had taken the LSAT test in 1995 with plans to attend law school and then run for Congress in 2002; however, his vehicle was broadsided by a semi truck on August 16, 1996 at NIPCO Corner South of Le Mars and he ended up on life support for 4.5 weeks.

He said his doctor told him it would be seven years for his head trauma to heal, so he worked on political campaigns and stayed politically active. He worked numerous jobs between campaign cycles, like working one on one with Autistic children, processing mortgages, office clerk, factory worker building bullet-proof vests for our troops, AFSCME union organizer, and extensively as a political organizer for Congressman Tim Johnson, Rep. Ed Fallon, U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and Every Vote Counts.

Monroe is currently employed by the Ida Grove Sacred Heart Catholic Church, his home-town parish, and is a member of the Knight of Columbus and church choir.

Monroe said on his website that he continued struggling to re-enter the job market and was not sure where he was headed after recuperating from his injuries, so he decided it was time to get back to his original goal and run for Congress.

"I have entered the race as a No-Party candidate for Iowa's Congressional District 4," said Monroe.

"In 2005, I took my Grandpa's last name of Monroe, because he raised me and was the one who was there for me, so I wanted to give him the honor if I were elected to public office."

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