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"Candidate Profiles: District 99," KWWL

With both of Dubuque’s hospitals falling into District 99, [James] said she wants to work to reverse the privatization of Medicaid.

She said companies should not be allowed to profit off chronic health conditions. “When you try to turn a profit on someone who’s health outcome won’t get better, it means the only way to turn a profit is to deny services to that individual or delay reimbursement,” James said.

"Iowa House District 99 candidates on Medicaid, wages, job training," KCRG TV-9

James believes it's important that people are able to negotiate their wages and benefits. She said, "I want to absolutely reinstate collective bargaining rights so that we have, you know, families who are really safe in their workplace, have good wages, good benefits, and the potential to retire with security."She is in favor of allowing cities and counties to raise the minimum wage.

"Iowa has a chance to flip fully blue this fall, plus end its Voter ID and abortion debates, " Blue Tuesday, Daily Kos

With the legislature up for grabs, Deidre DeJear also recommended two other candidates running in the state this November...Lindsay James is a first-time candidate who is running in Iowa House District 99...James is a college chaplain whose faith inspires her progressive beliefs and community service. Her resume is incredibly impressive and frankly makes me feel lazy; James serves as the Director of the Loras College Peace Institute, chair of the Community Development Advisory Board, elected county official and a board member for the NAACP and the Children of Abraham. She has endorsed Medicare for All.

"James, Fett win Democratic Nominations for Iowa House," Telegraph Herald

Lindsay James earned her party’s nomination for the District 99 seat in Tuesday’s primary election. She nabbed 2,139 votes, good for 55 percent of the total votes cast in the race.

”I am excited for the upcoming campaign and I’m confident it will end in Des Moines,” James said Tuesday night at the Dubuque County Courthouse.

"James promises to 'passionately advocate' for justice," Telegraph Herald, by Ben Jacobsen

James, who also co-founded the Loras College Peace Institute, noted she is the only candidate in the race with union and national endorsements. And as an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach board member, she is the only candidate with experience as an elected official.

When it comes to doing what is good and right and just, when it comes to dealing with these moral crises — health care, income inequality, unions being stripped of their rights — those are the issues that I will passionately advocate to bring justice to,” James said."

"Iowa House candidates rip tax cuts," Telegraph Herald, by Tom Barton

"James...argues the bill is tilted toward helping the wealthy. 'This harms our most vulnerable Iowans and helps the richest 2.5 percent of taxpayers," James said. "We can’t invest in education, clean energy and environmental protections ... It is both financially irresponsible and morally reprehensible.'"

"Iowa House Primaries To Watch In 2018 – Democrats," Iowa Starting Line, by Pat Rynard
District 99 is "the big one." "James has a lot of enthusiasm and support from progressive activists and Democratic leaders in town..."
"University of Dubuque students host female Democratic candidates," Telegraph Herald, by John Kruse
"Iowa has one of the least-inclusive legislative bodies in the country,” said Noah Hoskins, president of the UD group. “A more representative government is better for the people as a whole.”
"Which Legislative Candidates Stood Out In Fundraising Reports," Iowa Starting Line, by Pat Rynard
"Lindsay James, a Presbyterian pastor and educator, will enjoy a strong financial advantage in the competitive Democratic primary. She pulled in just over $34,000 throughout 2017 and still has $30,450 on-hand...That total was also accomplished even though James had only four checks of $1,000 or more – it’s not easy to put together that much with mostly $50 and $100 donations, but James was able to. Only 18 other legislative candidates...raised more during this period."
"Incumbents, women challengers lead fundraising ahead of 2018 elections," Telegraph Herald, by Tom Barton
"Dubuque Democrat and Presbyterian pastor Lindsay James pulled in more than $34,000 from about 250 individual donors for the first filing period of the campaign.”
"James: Honor 9/11 with unity around American dream," Telegraph Herald, by Lindsay James
"I was angry about innocent Deora’s murder. At the same time, because of my friendship with Lila, a Muslim, I began to see the destructive potential that mismanaged anger could have on other innocents. I can’t think about 9/11 without thinking about these two friends, and I’m grateful for that. The lesson I learned from them is as pressing today as it was 16 years ago: We must not let fear or anger blind us to the humanity of our neighbors.

More recently, our fear and anger about the evaporating American Dream has been hijacked and turned against immigrants and refugees and African-Americans and transgender people, as well as Muslims. But, again, we must not let fear or anger blind us to the humanity of others. Scapegoating will not save us, only love of neighbor can do that.

"Dubuque pastor, educator to run for Finkenauer's seat," Telegraph Herald, by Jeff Montgomery
"James, 36, is a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church and an adjunct instructor at University of Dubuque. She serves on the Dubuque County Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Council, the City of Dubuque’s Community Development Advisory Commission and the Children of Abraham board...James also chairs the religious affairs committee of the Dubuque chapter of the NAACP and is director of the Peace and Justice Institute at Loras College."
"Peace Institute teaches lessons of communication, teamwork and leadership," KCRG-TV9, by Alison Wong
"Organizer and Director Lindsay James said, "what they're working on is skills of communication, teamwork, and leadership in the midst of those kinds of challenging circumstances, also...they're learning things like nonviolent communication, restorative justice strategies, we're doing things like coming to Four Mounds and doing obstacle courses and trying to figure out what does it mean to have peace with others in the midst of a challenge," James said.'
"Mending the divide: People in Dubuque look to start healing after divisive election," KWWL, by Brad Hanson
"'To have the opportunity to meet face to face is what I really believe breaks down barriers, it builds compassion, we get into each others stories, we build relationships across any divides, and so I think we need lots of space for that,' said Lindsay James. 'It's easy to stay home, it's easy to retreat, it's easy to isolate. This is a way to come together and have fearless, and courageous conversations about what's really important in life. And these are issues in a time, in our history, in our culture, where if we don't start having these conversations, then our country is going to continue to be divided,' she said.


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