Cheryl Lee Brodersen (best known as "Gus"), a registered nurse from Denison, has announced her write-in candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 5th District seat.
She will be running as an independent against the Republican incumbent Steve King, Democrat Joyce Schulte, and independent Roy Nielsen. That election will take place on Nov. 7.
Brodersen, 54, has been something of a peace activist in northwest Iowa in recent years, following the death of her neice, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist who was killed last year when she tried to stop a Caterpillar-made bulldozer from destroying a Palestinian home.
Brodersen said she chose to launch her campaign on International Day of Peace. She will run as an independent in the 5th, a sprawling district that encompasses a three to five county swath in western Iowa that borders the Missouri River from the southern border to the northern border of Iowa.
Brodersen is a graduate of Denison Community High School and the University of Texas and has been employed at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital for fourteen years as a medical/surgical nurse. She is married and the mother of three children.
She said she has been thinking of running for office for a few years now. With her youngest child attending the University of Iowa this year, the candidate said she is "now prepared and eager to represent the people of the 5th District of Iowa."
Campaigning under the banner of "Peace and Prosperity," Cheryl lists the budget and trade deficit among her key platform issues.
"All of the wars - Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanese, Drugs, Poverty - U.S. House of Representatives corruption and special interest entitlements, the lack of adequate healthcare coverage, clean air and water, oil dependency, corporate power and immigration as just a few of the critical issues that must be addressed in the coming two years," she said. "Of special interest to 5th District Iowans will be the Farm Bill, energy development and decent paying job creation."
Brodersen challenges three other announced candidates running for the office, including King, to a series of debates she proposes to be held in different locales across the 5th district.
"I look forward to delivering my message to the people of western Iowa over the next fifty days," she said.
Brodersen is not a fan of the current representative.
"I believe Steve King does not represent the majority of western Iowa," stated Brodersen. "He has pandered to the extreme, called names, distorted policy, and has not been honest," she is quoted in an interview in the online edition of the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, claiming Kind accepted a trip that was paid for by the American-Israeli action committee.
She also criticizes King's approach to immigration issues.
"He hits all the hot-button issues. He plays on people's fears, and he plays on racism, and now for two billion dollars, a wall is going up. Is this how we want our policy determined?" she told the Daily Nonpareil.
She said she will term her campaign website as "Gus Goes to Washington" - at www.cherylbrodersen.com.