According to Kim Weaver, the Democratic candidate campaigning against GOP Congressman Steve King, she is dropping out of the race because she fears for her life.
Weaver posted on Facebook Saturday night that “Over the last several weeks, I have been evaluating personal circumstances along with the political climate regarding this campaign. After much deliberation, I have determined that the best decision for me is to withdraw my candidacy for the US House race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.”
She claimed that when she began her campaign in 2016, she received threats of murder and physical violence and said that “recent events at my home” had made her rethink her decision to run against King.
“While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern,” Weaver said.
She said that she couldn’t quit her job and campaign full time because she would lose her health care. Weaver also said that her mother’s health was in a decline.
“I feel that it’s necessary to be more available to support her. Considering this, along with the time and energy it takes to succeed as a candidate, I realize that I can’t fully commit to both,” Weaver wrote. “With all this in mind, I have made the difficult decision to end my campaign, and to move out of the district and back to Des Moines where I grew up.”
“I humbly ask for your support and understanding during this difficult time, as well as your continued support with the effort to unseat Steve King,” she wrote.