WE QUIT: Two Republicans Seek Different Jobs

Monte Shaw

This year already promised one of the most far-reaching shakeups in Iowa in recent memory. And two more men decided they want to be a part of it.

Thursday afternoon, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw announced he quit the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee. In a statement, Shaw said he will run for Congress in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

That’s the seat that will be open following the retirement of longtime Republican Congressman Tom Latham.

Shaw said in a statement: “The open seat for Congress represents another opportunity to put my broad and unique experience to work for Iowa.  I look forward to the challenge and will be making a formal announcement with regards to that race in a couple of weeks.”

Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Senator Chuck Grassley’s former chief of staff David Young, Urbandale State Senator Brad Zaun and teacher Joe Grandanette have already announced plans to run in the Republican primary for that seat.

Also, Thursday afternoon, Republican David Fischer announced on Twitter he would quit as co-chair of the state party to run for Senate District 15. Democratic Senator Dennis Black plans to seek a sixth term.