Democrats have recruited a candidate with strong community ties in empty Senate District 4.
Bob Jennings of Algona sports a good profile for a sprawling small town and rural north Iowa district with five whole counties (Emmett, Kossuth, Winnebago, Hancock and Wright):
Jennings, 50, is information director for Algona Municipal Utilities and is a former news director for KLGA radio in Algona.Is that enough to overcome a GOP registration edge of 2700? Well, some of this turf was Jack Kibbie's for a very long time. The rest of it belonged to Republicans Merlin Bartz and Rob Bacon last map. All three of them got paired up in other directions, with Kibbie retiring and the other two not yet announced.
He is on the Iowa Lakes Community College board of trustees and is a former president of the Algona Chamber of Commerce.
The Republicans have one announced candidate, Tea partier Dennis Guth, who should being a lot of comic relief to the race.