Congressman Dave Loebsack meets with Pella School Board members
Joan Corbin and Tim Tripp

U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack met with constituents countywide on his Coffee with Your Congressman tour Saturday.

Loebsack was at The Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Smokey Row in Pleasantville, and The Brew in Pella to discuss issues in the U.S. House affecting Iowans.

Loebsack tells KNIA/KRLS News he was busy at the three well-attended sessions, and said he heard about a wide range of concerns and comments at his stop in the Tulip City.

“We had such a variety of topics that were brought up, we talked education, we talked about healthcare, we talked about the Renewable Fuel Standard, talked about rebuilding the Iowa Democratic party […] but there were a number of things discussed today,” he says.

The District 2 Congressman also met with his 2016 Election challenger Dr. Christopher Peters of Iowa City during his visit in Pella. Peters tells KNIA/KRLS News he didn’t discuss much in regards to politics with Congressman Loebsack, but says he was in town to explore the possibility of attempting to run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Congress seat in 2018.

“I’m strongly considering running again,” Peters told KNIA/KRLS. “So at this stage of the game, we are putting together a campaign plan, exploratory committee, all that type of stuff that goes into it.”

“Last cycle we started seven months and a week before election day which really isn’t enough time to generate a really effective campaign.”

Peters says he was pleased with his overall success last November despite the short cycle, and if he decides to run again, aims to be more prepared to close the gap between himself and Congressman Loebsack at the polls.

Tune in Monday to hear more from both Loebsack and Peters.