Officials announced Tuesday that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), a potential Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election, will visit Iowa City on Tuesday, Aug. 5 to headline a fundraising event in support of Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ congressional campaign.
Having snagged the Republican nomination for Iowa’s U.S. House 2nd district in June, Miller-Meeks will take on Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack in the upcoming November elections — her third attempt since 2008.
“It is an honor to have Senator Rand Paul join our campaign for an event during his visit to Iowa,” Dr. Miller-Meeks said in a statement released Tuesday. “We both know that the dysfunction in Washington is unsustainable and, as eye doctors, we understand it will take vision to get America back on track. Iowans need better health care reforms, higher take-home pay and accountability in their government.”
Miller-Meeks is an ophthalmologist and United States Army veteran and from Ottumwa, Iowa, who served for three years as director for the Iowa Department of Public Health before abruptly resigning in January 2014. The candidate is running on a platform based largely on her opposition to the Affordable Care Act.