Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Non-Filing Announcements

Check back tonight for the days filings, but to tide you over we've got announcements: Democrats recruit a challenger candidate while Republicans get two more contested primaries.

Democrat Susan Judkins announced in House District 43, now held by Republican Chris Hagenow. The district covers Windsor Heights, the Polk part of Clive, and part of northern West Des Moines.

Judkins has a solid jobs-y background: a community development specialist for a private company, previously worked with the Rebuild Iowa Office, the Iowa League of Cities, the state Department of Economic Development and was executive director of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation.

Hagenow won his first term in 2008 by just 91 votes over Windsor Heights mayor Jerry Sullivan. He had an easier time in 2010, with 58%. The reality is probably between those two margins. His turf gains about 200 Republicans vs. the old map.

Up in the northwest, Republican minister Josh Davenport announces in no-incumbent House District 2. Law student and ex-Steve King intern Megan Hess got a much earlier start, as did Democrat Steve Bomgaars.

In the northeast corner of the state, Republican Dustin Noble announced in House District 55. He'll face off against Spillville mayor Michael Klimesh, who lost a 2010 House race to Brian Quirk, the sole survivor of the conservaDem Six Pack. With the lines redrawn, the Democratic incumbent in this turf is now Roger Thomas of Elkader.

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