First District Congressional Race – Blum vs. Finkenauer

One of the races that’s been in the spotlight in Tuesday’s general election is the First District Congressional race between Republican incumbent Rod Blum and his Democratic challenger Abby Finkenauer.

KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker had the opportunity to sit down with both candidates in the past week to talk about their campaigns in this high-profile race, which could decide the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Blum says he’s feeling good heading into Tuesday.

Blum has spent the past four years serving Iowa’s First District. He is a business owner from Dubuque, who believes his lifetime of experiences makes him the best candidate in this race.

Congressman Blum says one of the reasons he decided to run for re-election is because President Trump is in the White House.

Two of Congressman Blum’s proudest accomplishments have been tax reform and funding for the Cedar Rapids flood wall – and if re-elected, there are five other specific goals he’d like to help tackle.

Blum is being challenged for his Congressional seat by Democrat Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque. The Sherrill native spent the last four years serving in the Iowa House as a State Representative. She remembers the moment she decided to run for Congress.

Finkenauer, who is 29 years old, would be the second-youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House. She is confident with the campaign they’ve run and believes she has what it takes to defeat Congressman Blum.

Finkenauer has a list of priorities if elected, but two are at the top of the list.

The Libertarian Party candidate in the First District is Troy Hageman of Calmar.

We’ll have the results for you as they come in tomorrow night – tune in for live election coverage starting at 9 pm here on Mix 94.7 KMCH.