David Young feels even though he has yet to hold an elected office, he would know how to get things done in Washington, D.C. for Iowans.
Young, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Van Meter, made a stop at the Iowa Veterans Home Wednesday to tour the facility and meet with staff and veterans.
Young served as chief of staff for Sen. Charles Grassley for seven years, before resigning this year to campaign.
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David Young, right, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Van Meter, meets with Michael Hines of the Iowa Veterans Home during a visit to Marshalltown Wednesday. Young is the former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
"I do have experience working for Iowa alongside Senator Grassley," Young said.
Young is in a crowded field of Republican candidates with six others announced for the June 3, 2014 primary.
"It's good," Young said. "Primaries are healthy - it tests us."
The likely Democratic candidate waiting for the Republican winner next fall is U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. Young feels Braley is not in tune with his constituents in Iowa.
"I think he's out of touch with Iowa," Young said.
Among Young's primary ideas to move the state forward are tackling what he calls both the budget deficit and a jobs deficit. Government spending is also an issue for him.
"We have a government that's run amok," Young said.
His primary reason for running is ensuring a better future for Americans.
"I want to make sure that the American dream is still there for the next generation," Young said.
Young said he has ties to Marshall County as his grandfather built a church in Laurel.