More democrats are lining up to run for Bruce Braley’s congressional seat.
Waterloo Representative Anesa Kajtazovic announced her candidacy Tuesday.
She was first elected to the Iowa House in 2010 and won reelection last year.
Kajtazovic tells Radio Iowa, “‘Only in America can a 10-year-old refugee come here from a war-torn country with basically no English and rise up, go through our school system here.
“I graduated from college in three years with a double-major and was elected to the state legislature at the age of 24.”
Kajtazovic came to Iowa from Bosnia.
She is the fifth candidate to announce a run for the democratic nomination in Iowa’s first district.
Kajtazovic joins state representative Pat Murphy, former state senator Swati Dandekar, Cedar Rapids councilwoman Monica Vernon and Cedar Rapids attorney Dave O’Brien.
Republicans Rod Blum and Steve Rathje have also announced their candidacies.