Mahaska County Supervisor Ken Rozenboom has announced his run for the Iowa Senate.The rumor mill also wondered if paired-up Rep. Betty De Boef might be interested in moving back here, but she's now announced her retirement.
Rozenboom, 60, of Oskaloosa, is a Republican and former sales and production management employee for Wake’s Inc. He was elected as a supervisor last year.
Rozenboom is running for Senate District 40 in 2012. Due to this year’s redistricting, the seat will include all of Mahaska, Monroe and Appanoose counties, western Wapello County, and the city of Pella in Marion County. It also includes Sen. Tom Reilly, D-Oskaloosa, who has not yet announced reelection plans.
This will be an extremely tough hold for the Democrats: a GOP registration edge of nearly 5000, and other than his Oskaloosa base, almost all new turf for Reilly. Number two on the target list behind Governor Gronstal himself.