Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility FRIDAY IN THE PARK SENATE CANDIDATE FRANKEN VISITS CHEROKEE - Admiral Mike Franken for Iowa


Decorated 3-star Admiral Mike Franken, a Sioux City Democrat running for US Senate, listened intentlyand answered questions from those attending a meet and greet event at Gillette Park in Cherokee on a hot and humid Friday evening.

Franken, who was born and raised with his seven siblings in Lebanon, Iowa in Sioux County, is running against longtime Senator Chuck Grassley. “You know, I was a one year-old when Grassley was first elected to the Senate, and I’m not a young man,” joked the personable Iowan with a sterling military career to his credit.. “I’m a citizen, not a politician,” he added. “So if you have a question, I will answer it to the best of my ability.”

Franken listened as those in attendance asked questions about his stance on term limits, inflation, immigration, fair wages and the debilitating division in our country.

Franken said he believes in term limits, fair and equal pay for equal work, and more civility in our country.

“Term limits? We need to change how we do it and shorten the hold on office,” he said.

Grassley has served eight terms in the Iowa House of Representatives (1959–1975) and three terms in the United States House of Representatives (1975–1981). Grassley, who turns 89 in September, was first elected to the Senate (6-year terms) in 1980. He was reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016, and is the longest-serving U.S. senator in Iowa history.

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