Schweers was just elected in November and took office with the new year -- just before ten year Senator Steve Kettering announced he was not seeking re-election. Two other R's in the race: Crawford County supervisor Mark Segebart, and Sac County sheriff’s deputy Matthew Biede. Primary winner faces Democrat Mary Bruner.
Still, could be worse:
Republican State Senate Candidate Stephanie Jones was arrested (shortly after 2:00 AM Sunday morning) after allegedly being involved in a fight. She has been charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Jones entered a plea of not guilty, and tells KNIA/KRLS News that she doesn’t understand why she was arrested. She adds that she will work to prove her innocence, and that she will continue her campaign for Senate.I don't usually write about stuff like this. I'm mostly brining it up because this is literally the first story I can find that mentions Jones' candidacy. No announcement press release, no local roundup, nuthin'. You google her and you get this, the candidate list at TheIowaRepublican, and then you're into stories about the late congresswoman from Ohio before you even get to my 30,000 word magnum opus from 1:30 Friday night/Saturday morning.
Two other Republicans in the Senate 14 race, too: Amy Sinclair of Allerton and Steve Everly of Knoxville. Note to candidates: Tomorrow is the withdrawal deadline.
And a sad note from the trail: Ft. Madison mayor Steve Ireland passed away today. Ireland had announced for the Democratic nomination in open Senate 42, but withdrew from the race before filing. Condolences to his family and friends and to the people of Ft. Madison.