The mid-filing period lull seems to have kicked in, with just five legislative candidates turning in their papers today. Three of those were Democrats in open seat Senate races.
Lisbon's Nate Willems, serving his second House term, filed in Senate District 48 in rural Linn, Jones and Delaware counties. This seat was famous on Map Day for having a Democratic registration edge of ONE voter; thanks to the caucuses that's shifted a bit to the GOP on paper.
John Beard of Decorah is on the comeback trail. He won one House term in 2008 but lost in `10; he's now filed for Senate District 28.
Bob Morawitz of Ft. Madison is the second Democrat to file in Senate 42, the Gene Fraise seat. We're expecting four Democrats and a Republican here.
Over on the House side, Republican Jason Schultz hasn't seen Democratic opposition in either of his two terms, but this year there are two Democrats trying to take him on as Kasey Friedrichsen of Denison filed in House 18. She got a lot of play when she announced last year; she was laid off from the Denison workforce center when Terry Branstad vetoed funding.
Jim Robidoux of Polk City is the second Republican to file in This Is Where Your District Went, Ankeny-based House 37.
Expect an even quieter day tomorrow; with legislators usually heading home Thursday nights, the first two Fridays are usually the slowest days of all for filing.