Thursday's Some Dudes
Jonathan Narcisse makes it official, filing for governor with the label "Iowa Party" which puts him on a ticket with fringe-right state senate 45 candidate Douglas Philips. There's some sort of Keosauqua Konnection here, as Narcisse running mate Rick Marlar also ran in Senate 45, coming in last in the GOP primary.
Trivia: Nebraska has a Nebraska Party, though it's really just their affiliate of the hard right tea-like Constitution Party.
Swing State Project likes to refer to obscure candidates as Some Dude. And with just one more day left for filing, a couple more Some Dudes qualify for Iowa's congressional races.
In the 5th Congressional District one Martin James Monroe of Sioux City joins Krazy King and Democrat Matt Campbell. And in the 4th District, Dan Lensing, who lost an independent state house bid two years ago against Democrat Brian Quirk, turns his ambitions toward Washington.
In the 2nd District, the fourth (!) candidate to file represents a slightly better known brand, as Libertarian Gary Sicard files. That means a limited government type (Sicard) and Jon Tack of the Constitution Party to draw a couple points from Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Meanwhile, on Dave Loebsack's left flank, his 2008 Green rival Wendy Barth was last seen looking at a reprise of her 2006 run for governor instead. (That's the office that can earn you full party status with 2% of the vote.) But they still haven't seen her at the Secretary of State's office yet...
Down the ballot, Des Moines businesswoman Vicki Stogdill files as an independent in House District 64, now held by Rep. Janet Petersen. A Facebook posting (in support of Attorney General candidate Brenna Findley) indicates that Stogdill is "equally tea'd off" at Democrats and Republicans. That's not good news for Dan Kennedy, the official Republican nominee, especially since Petersen was a two to one winner over just one Republican in 2008.
The Democrats get one more legislative candidate, as John Archer of West Liberty, who was nominated at a convention Tuesday night, files the paperwork to oppose Rep. Jeff Kaufmann (R-Wilton) in House District 79.