He doesn't have an easy job. But Democrat Jim Mowrer is taking on Republican congressman Steve King in the 4th district race head-on.
Mowrer introduced himself to a small crowd at the Iowa State Fair at the Des Moines Register's "Soap Box". He talked of growing up on a farm in Boone County, of serving in the military, and deciding that he wanted to serve his state and country in Congress.
The Democratic candidate wasn't long on words in his address to the crowd; in fact, his exactly five minutes of speech was dwarfed by the 20 minute speeches taken by many of the other politicians who have taken the small stage at the fair.
Here's the video of Jim Mowrer's speech at the fair: