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November 23, 2013

Jacobs embarks on tour

CLINTON — Mark Jacobs, the seventh candidate to enter the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, stopped in Clinton on Thursday as part of his 26-city announcement tour.

Jacobs, 51, of West Des Moines, is the former chief financial officer of Houston-based Reliant energy. Since he returned to Iowa last year, he formed the education-based nonprofit Reaching Higher Iowa.

Jacobs announced Tuesday he was joining the crowded race for the Republican nomination, calling himself a “proven business leader.”

“The problem with Washington is not a lack of ideas, but a lack of results. To actually address the dysfunction and serious challenges facing this great nation, Washington needs a leader with serious solutions and a fresh perspective,” Jacobs said.

He cited five priorities for aiding job growth: emphasizing community colleges and vocational schools to close the skills gap, expanding domestic energy production, tackling job killing regulations, implementing a competitive tax policy and reforming healthcare.

Jacobs will face Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker of Ankeny, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak, lawyer Paul Lunde, businessman Scott Schaben of Ames, former U.S. Senate staffer David Young of Van Meter, and professor Sam Clovis of Sioux City in the June primary.

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