Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man has thrown his hat into the ring to be the person who takes over for Randy Feenstra in the Iowa Senate.
Jeff Taylor of Sioux Center has declared his candidacy for the District 2 Iowa State Senate seat. Feenstra is vacating the seat to run for U.S. House in the Republican primary for Steve King’s seat. Iowa’s second State Senate District includes Sioux County, O’Brien County, Cherokee County, and rural portions of the four eastern-most townships of Plymouth County.
Taylor’s campaign tells us he is a professor of political science at Dordt University and is a Spencer native. He graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City and then earned a master’s degree at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. Taylor returned to Sioux County eight years ago to teach at Dordt. He is married and has two children.
Taylor’s campaign tells us he is a constitutional conservative and is “consistently pro-life.” He describes his six key political values as decentralism, morality, freedom, grassroots, common sense, and community. His campaign tells us that in 2012, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Iowa. They also say that during the past several years, he has served as a political analyst for KCAU-TV.
The candidate says, “I look forward to discussing the issues with the people of our district. I believe I have the temperament, understanding, and life experience to be an effective legislator on their behalf. It would be an honor to represent them in Des Moines.”
The State Senate primary election will be on June 2, 2020.