States & Candidates

States can change the direction of our country.


2020 Overview

2020 was Future Now Fund’s first election in Iowa, and the top of the ticket went resoundingly for Donald Trump and Senator Joni Ernst, which deeply impacted our endorsees down-ballot. While FNF-endorsee Eric Gjerde successfully flipped his seat, a number of other candidates outperformed Biden or Ernst, but came up short.

In a year with record turnout, however, on average Iowa’s Democratic state legislative candidates in competitive districts outperformed Biden in Iowa by almost five percent.

2020 Election Highlights

  • FNF-endorsee Representative Eric Gjerde, who lost to an incumbent two years ago, flipped his seat to join the Iowa House of Representatives.
  • While FNF candidates outperformed Democrats overall in contested races by about 1%, endorsee Phil Miller was a major over-performer, coming within 1% in a district that Biden lost by more than 20%.

Meet the candidates

  • Eric Gjerde

    The son of a veteran and a nurse, Eric learned the importance of public service and hard work at a young age. He is a special education teacher, coach, and County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy, taking the next step in public service.