Two top tier Democratic open seat candidates filed: Grinnell city council member Rachel Bly in House District 76 and Joe Judge, yes of THAT Judge family, in House District 80.
And strong challenger candidate Katie "Superman's Mom" Routh, D-Norwalk, filed in House District 25. Republican Julian Garrett is the incumbent; he faces a primary challenge from 2010 rival Joan Acela.
In other filings:
Rita Hart of Wheatland is the first Democrat to file in no-incumbent, two year term Senate District 49. Dorothy O'Neill is expected to follow. The winner will face Republican Andrew Naeve, who lost a very close (71 vote) race for a similar Clinton-based seat in 2010. (The winner of that race, Democrat Tod Bowman, stayed with Jackson County in Senate 29 and holds over to 2014.)
Lee County Supervisor Larry Kruse is the only Republican name to surface in open Senate District 42, where long-time Democrat Gene Fraise is retiring. Kruse will face either 1) the winner of a four way Democratic primary or 2) the person who gets nominated at a convention if no one gets 35%.
New To Me: Republican David Scott Edwards, who appears to be Some Dude, files in heavily Democratic east Des Moines Senate District 16, held since 1994 by Democrat Dick Dearden.
Republican Matt Alcazar came unexpectedly close to Democratic incumbent Helen Miller in 2010. Both of them filed today to set up a rematch in Fort Dodge's House District 9.
Undergrad Jake Highfill of Johnston filed in House District 39, where he's making a primary challenge to Rep. Erik Helland, R-Grimes.
In the Routine Incumbent Department: