Republican lines up to primary Young in Third District

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Retired elementary school physical education teacher Joe Grandanette will run as a Republican for the Third Congressional District of Iowa. Grandanette, 61, has provided decades of service in the Des Moines community as a teacher, coach, business owner and volunteer.

“We need someone who will lead and someone who will fight,” Grandanette said. “ David Young did not go to Washington to lead; he went to follow. I will never follow anyone except for the will of the people in Iowa’s Third Congressional District.”

David Young’s first vote was in support of Rep. John Boehner for Speaker of the House. Young was the lone Iowa delegate in the House to support Boehner.

“D.C. David told voters in Iowa’s Third Congressional District that they were his boss. Not Mitch McConnell, not John Boehner,’” Grandanette said. “Actions speak louder than words. Actions say that, despite campaign promises, D.C. David went to Washington and took a big gulp from the Potomac.”

Grandanette, who taught for 27 years, is also a former school board member at St. Anthony’s. He owned “Say Hello to Joe’s” sports nutrition store in Clive for 14 years. Leadership, trust, honesty and dedication are traits Grandanette will take to Washington.

“I am going to tell the truth,” Grandanette said. “My goal is to help lead and form strategies to destroy ISIS, stop illegal immigration, defund ObamaCare, defend the Second Amendment, protect life from conception to death and preserve religious liberty.”

D.C. David has refused to provide answers multiple times to key issues according to He has one of the lowest leadership scores of any member of Congress in 2015 according to

“I don’t have any trouble letting voters in the Third District know where I stand,” Grandanette said. “I don’t need to wait for John Boehner or Mitch McConnell to tell me where I stand. It’s time to make the magician — D.C. David, disappear.”

Joe Grandanette lives in Des Moines with his wife, Ting, and daughter, Rosina.