REGIONAL—The re-election campaign for U.S. Steve King (R-Iowa) announced this week King is willing to take part in multiple debates in his bid to continue to represent Iowa’s 4th District.

“Congressman King is looking forward to debating his Republican Primary opponents on stage for the benefit of Iowa’s 4th district Republican voters,” said campaign chairman Jeff King. “We believe debates are to our advantage because they will clearly show Congressman King possess a depth of knowledge and experience on the issues that Iowans care about that is unmatched in the current primary field.

“Debates need to take place when the voters are focusing their attention on the upcoming election,” the chairman continued. “Accordingly, Congressman King will not be debating before six weeks prior to the election on June 2, 2020. He will instead be concentrating on his work throughout the 4th District and in Washington, D.C.”

King has served in Congress since 2003.

Four other Republicans have announced plans to challenge King in the primary. They are state Sen. Randy Feenstra of Hull, Woodbury County supervisor Jeremy Taylor of Sioux City, former Irwin mayor Brett Richards and Arnolds Parks businessman Steve Reeder.

The official filing period is Feb. 24-March 13.