State Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) had earlier filed a congressional exploratory committee. Late last week, the state legislator announced that he will not become a congressional candidate. This leaves the Democrats with two strong candidates: state Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Dubuque) and former US Labor Department official Thomas Heckroth (D) as serious Democratic contenders with Bernie Sanders campaign activist Courtney Rowe (D) also in the race. The winner faces two-term Rep. Rod Blum (D-Dubuque) who represents the most Democratic seat in Iowa.
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