Vernon announced her candidacy Thursday morning.
The Cedar Rapids council member rose to prominence in 2014 when Jack Hatch named her as his running mate on the Democratic ticket for Iowa governor. They lost the race to Governor Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds by 21 points.
“Iowa’s 1st District deserves a representative in Congress with a track record of solving problems and getting results for families and small businesses across our community. That’s why I’m excited to announce I’m running for Congress,” Vernon said in a Facebook post. “I’m proud of my work growing a small business, helping local communities recover from a devastating flood and working to create jobs, increase access to affordable housing and improve education for students in our district.”
Vernon is the founder and past president of market research firm, Vernon Research Group.