Mt. Pleasant Native Running for Congress

A Mt. Pleasant native has announced his candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District. Lanon Baccam is a veteran, public servant, and native of rural Iowa.

In a statement from Baccam, he mentions why he decided to run.

“As a veteran, public servant and father, I’ll go to Washington to get things done for Iowa – to build a stronger economy and deliver real results to the third district,” said Lanon Baccam. “I know that our politics is more divided than ever – and we need leaders to focus on finding solutions, not sowing division. In Congress, I’ll fight to lower costs for families, expand access to good paying jobs right here in Iowa, and ensure seniors can retire with dignity. As a veteran who fought to protect our freedoms abroad, I will stand up here at home to protect women’s reproductive freedoms. Every day, I will put Iowa first.”

Lanon Baccam is challenging current Congressman, Zach Nunn, who was elected to his position this year. Baccam has powerful voices behind his candidacy, with former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and First Lady Christie Vilsack endorsing him.

“Lanon is the type of public servant this state needs in Congress, and we are honored to support him in this race.”

Lanon was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, and age 17, enlisted in the Iowa National Guard. In the wake of 9/11, Lanon left community college and answered the call to serve his country. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 as a combat engineer, focusing on explosive demolitions and force protection in and around Kandahar.

This is Baccam’s first time running for elected office, although he has been involved with campaigns before. In 2020, he was appointed as the deputy state director for President Joe Biden’s campaign in Iowa.

Baccam was previously appointed as the deputy state director for President Joe Biden’s campaign in Iowa in 2020. This is his first time running for public office, at the age of 42.

The 2024 Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th, 2024.