(Des Moines, IA) “Today, while my wife proudly serves her state and nation in uniform, I am honored to submit these ballot access petitions on her behalf – the next step in making sure that my wife – a mother, soldier, and proven conservative – Joni Ernst becomes Iowa’s next U.S. Senator. On behalf of Joni and the Ernst family, I want to sincerely thank every Iowa Republican who took the time to add their name to our ballots,” said Joni’s husband, Gail Ernst, upon submitting Joni’s nomination papers to the Secretary of State.
Key points regarding nomination papers filed by Joni Ernst:
- Over 4,800 signatures were submitted
- Signatures from all 99 counties were included
- Completed requirements in 40 counties, including all six counties in Joni’s state senate district
- Joni is the only candidate in this race to have both gathered signatures and earned contributions from each of Iowa’s 99 counties.
Gail Ernst is a retired Command Sgt. Major in the Army. He proudly served as a U.S. Army Ranger for 28 years. Gail and Joni have been married nearly 22 years.