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Osceola woman runs for Loebsack’s seat

Mar 07, 2018
Ginny Caligiuri

Ginny Caligiuri of Osceola has announced that she will run for the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 2nd U.S. Congressional District, currently occupied by Democrat Dave Loebsack.

The 2nd District includes Jefferson and Van Buren counties, along with about 20 other counties in southeast Iowa.

Caligiuri describes herself as a “pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Israel, and pro-Constitution conservative” who wants to help President Donald Trump “accomplish what he was elected to do.”

Caligiuri is a former bank vice president, small-business owner and entrepreneur. She served five years as the state director for the Congressional Prayer Caucus in Iowa, as well as the state director for the National Governor’s Prayer Team and U.S. National Prayer Council.

She organized Pray 7-14-14 and the Bible Reading Marathon at all 99 counties in Iowa.

“She will stand firm to protect the sanctity of life and family, and the liberties endowed by our Creator including the Second Amendment and religious liberty,” stated a press release from her campaign.

Caligiuri has been married to Tony Caligiuri, president of Boyt Harness Company in Osceola, for over 30 years, and the couple have one son, Taaffe Caligiuri, also from Osceola. She said she enjoys spending time with her family and their 10 dogs. She and her husband have hosted many events on their farm in Osceola, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2007 and Don Trump Jr. and Eric Trump in 2016.

Calgiuri will challenge Chris Peters of Coralville for the Republican Party’s nomination at the June 5 primary. Peters was the party’s representative for the 2016 election. Loebsack has represented Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District since his election in 2006.

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