(Council Bluffs, IA) Today, Iowa Secretary of State and former Council Bluffs City Councilman, Matt Schultz, formally announced his candidacy for Iowa’s Third Congressional District at a press event with more than 50 supporters at Council Bluffs City Hall.

“Fighting for the people of Iowa in the State Capitol has been an honor and privilege, but Washington is so broken, and so out of touch with main-street America, that I could no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as our children’s future was being mortgaged to pay for reckless policies today,” said Matt Schultz.

“Our nation is $17 trillion in debt. Obamacare has resulted in more people losing their plans than it has actually insured. This has to stop now. As Congressman, I will stand up for the Third District, the entire district. I will fight for Iowa’s families by repealing Obamacare, controlling spending, and supporting term limits that end the career politicians’ and special interests’ hold on America, because this is the Peoples’ government—not Washington’s.”

With the support of family, friends, and activists Schultz decided to run for the third Congressional district after Rep. Tom Latham announced his retirement in December 2013. In 2010, Schultz won election as Iowa Secretary of State, beating the incumbent Democrat despite being outspent 5:1.

Following Schultz’s announcement in Council Bluffs he began a trip through the Third District with stops in Glenwood, Red Oak, Atlantic, Guthrie Center, and Perry, ending the day in Des Moines.

Raised in the Third District, Schultz has spent his life serving the people of central and southwest Iowa. Before being elected as Iowa Secretary of State, Schultz served five years as a city councilman in Council Bluffs where he successfully worked to cut the city tax levy every year. Schultz is an Eagle Scout and attended BYU-Idaho, the University of Iowa and Creighton University School of Law. He currently resides in Madison County with his wife, Zola, and their five children.

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