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Bill Schafer 

Bill Schafer, an Army veteran, will run for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District seat as a Republican in 2020.

Schafer, a retired colonel who worked recently as a human resources director, will seek to defeat U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat who won the seat in November.

Bill Schafer, Republican seeking Iowa's 3rd Congressional District seat

In an interview with the Des Moines Register , Schafer described himself as a "conservative Republican" who would seek to protect gun rights and enforce security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Schafer also highlighted the importance of states' rights.

"This is a federal republic. And as a federal republic, the federal government should be working for the states and the people," he said. "And we should not, as people, be looking to the federal government, necessarily, for solutions to everything."

Bill Schafer running for Congress in Iowa-3