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Graham makes virtual visit to Emmet County

By Staff | Mar 26, 2020

Kimberly Graham

Kimberly Graham is running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. Late Wednesday afternoon, Graham, who was scheduled to appear in Emmet County in person Monday, switched her appearances to virtual ones over teleconference.

Graham said providing for the general welfare of people is not, “free stuff,” but is an investment in people.

“We need to make a quick, forward motion on an affordable, accessible stock of housing in every community,” Graham said.

Graham said the COVID-19 restrictions sent her campaign into uncharted territory.

“We’re not knocking on doors. We’re phonebanking and texting,” Graham said.

Graham said she “never thought in a million years I’d run for office; but it’s time for a government by the people, for the people.”

The campaign is running on individual donations and accepting no funds from corporate PACs or lobbyists, Graham said.

“We need donations from individuals to keep the campaign going, but if you cannot donate now, I totally understand. Don’t worry about it at all,” Graham said.

Among other issues, Graham said she sees a need for universal, single-payer healthcare, farmers to be treated fairly, good jobs all over the state, and a level playing field so corporate monopolies cannot destroy farms and small towns., as well as good public schools whether in a wealthy community or struggling small town.

Graham is a lawyer representing abused children in the state’s court system.

Graham was born at Camp Pendleton Marine base in Oceanside, California with Iowan ancestors from Mount Ayr on her father’s side and Zearing on her mother’s side. She visited for a family reunion 25 years ago and never left, after meeting the man she would marry. She earned her law degree at Drake in 1999 and moved from Indianola to the south side of Des Moines a year ago.

Graham is one of four candidates hoping to challenge incumbent senator Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) in November’s general election. The other Democrat challengers are: Michael Franken, retired U.S. Navy Admiral, Sioux City; Theresa Greenfield, real estate broker and candidate for Iowa’s third congressional district in 2018, Des Moines, and Eddie Mauro, teacher and coach, Des Moines by way of Carroll, Boone, Indianola, and Centerville.