With early voting already underway, the nation's first female combat veteran elected to the US Senate, Joni Ernst, endorsed Dr. Joan Perry, Republican candidate for Congress in the Special Election to replace former Congressman Walter Jones. Born and raised on a farm, Ernst retired as a Lieutentant Colonel from the Iowa Army National Guard after 23 years of military service. Prior to serving in the US Senate, Ernst helped turn Iowa's $900 million budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus by eliminating wasteful spending and restoring fiscal responsibility to the state budget. The Republican runoff election for District 3 is July 9th, 2019.
"Joan Perry is a strong conservative who stands for life and has the courage to cut wasteful spending," said Senator Joni Ernst
. "As a combat veteran, I'm looking for leaders like Joan who will ensure our veterans, active-duty military, and their families receive the support they deserve. She also understands farmers are critical to our economy and put food on the table. Joan's mission in Congress is clear: to get Washington out of the way of hardworking people and preserve our constitutional liberties."
"Senator Joni Ernst is a conservative champion for our military, farmers, and smaller government," said Dr. Joan Perry
. "She's fought for our country in Iraq and has led the effort in Washington to improve the healthcare and support for our military. She's focused on cutting wasteful spending and balancing the budget, because she shares my concern for the debt we are passing onto our children. To clean up Washington, we need strong conservative voices like hers, and I would be honored to help her in this fight."
Dr. Joan Perry is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was one of the first women to earn the Morehead Scholarship. During medical school at UNC, she married her husband, Jimbo, and stayed there for an additional three years to complete her residency in pediatrics. With the birth of her first son during medical school and second son during internship/residency, Joan quickly learned how to juggle the demands of motherhood and a career. Upon residency completion, she moved to Kinston where she and Jimbo added three more sons to the line-up. She later earned appointments to the UNC Board of Governors, Gov. Pat McCrory's health and human services transition team, and Gov. Jim Martin's North Carolina Day Care Commission. A dedicated triathlete, she and her husband have housed more than 20 youth and young adults who needed a loving home. They helped to start Grace Fellowship Church over 25 years ago and remain active members today.
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