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Democrat J.D. Scholten starting Iowa anti-poverty nonprofit

January 23, 2019
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Former Iowa Democratic Congressional candidate J.D. Scholten speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Scholten, a former minor league baseball player who narrowly lost his bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District says he’s keeping his options open for a political future but for now is working to create an Iowa nonprofit organization to help fight poverty. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat J.D. Scholten, a former minor league baseball player who narrowly lost his bid to defeat Republican Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, says he’s keeping his political options open but will help create an Iowa nonprofit organization that fights poverty.

The group, called Working Hero Iowa, will encourage eligible people to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can benefit low-income workers.

Scholten is partnering with California entrepreneur Joe Sanberg, who heads a similar group.

Scholten says 50,000 families qualify but don’t complete tax returns to get the credit. The average eligible family receives about $2,300 in credits.

Scholten announced his plans Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol amid speculation about his next move, saying “November of 2020 seems pretty darn far away to me at least.”

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