State Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic, D-Waterloo, calls herself a "Bruce Braley Democrat" and mirrors her political views with what she calls the U.S. congressman's "progressive" agenda.
Kajtazovic hopes the commonalties don't end there with Braley as she hopes to take over the U.S. House seat her fellow Waterloo native is vacating for a U.S. Senate run.
Kajtazovic officially announced her candidacy for Congress in the 1st District for 2014 in front of a small crowd Tuesday outside of the Marshall County Courthouse.
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Rep. Anesa Kajtazovic, D-Waterloo, officially announced her intention to run for the U.S. House outside of the Marshall County Courthouse Tuesday.
"I will grow on his progressive legacy," Kajtazovic said.
At the age of 26, Kajtazovic does not think her youth is a problem in this election. She said she combines a fresh perspective with the experience of a two-term legislator in the Iowa House.
"I've been elected twice already," Kajtazovic said. "I'm committed to the people in my district."
Recently, Kajtazovic held a 20-county listening tour in the district to gauge interest in her candidacy. It appears she heard enough from voters to make the decision to run.
"Many expressed the need for a new generation of leadership," Kajtazovic said.
If elected, two of her main focuses will be the economy and education, she said.
"We need to help strengthen the middle class," Kajtazovic said.
Several other candidates on both sides of the aisle have announced their candidacy in a crowded field for the seat. She said her campaign will be grassroots and will not be run by Washington, D.C. consultants.
The primary election will be June 3, 2014.