Senate District 49
Registration: D 13032, R 10141, N 16250, total 39446, D +2891
No Incumbent; two year term.
seats normally run on the gubernatorial cycle, but this is the only odd
number seat with no incumbent in residence on Map Day, so it goes on
the ballot for a two year term.
Democrat Tod Bowman beat
Republican Andrew Naeve by just 70 votes in 2010 in old Senate 13. That
seat included the city of Clinton and northern Clinton County. It went
north to pull in all of Jackson County, where Bowman lives in Maquoketa.
It also had a small piece of Dubuque County, up to the south city
The new district turns around and faces south. Clinton
County is whole, and northern Scott County is included (including
LeClaire, Princeton. McCausland and Park View). Thus a district that was
maybe half Clinton County is now about 3/4, and a district that had a
Democratic edge of 7,500 registered voters sees that lead cut in half.
could have moved in and held over. But he wanted to stay with Jackson
County. After what seemed like forever, his district-mate, Democrat Tom
Hancock, retired, leaving this seat empty. (Bowman still gets to hold
over in Senate 29.)
Naeve announced before the Bowman-Hancock pair
had been resolved -- thus, before we even knew if the seat would be on
the ballot. In 2010, he won the Clinton County part of the district by
about 500 votes, as Bowman rolled up his winning margin in Jackson.
Once Bowman made his decision, two Democratic women joined the race: Rita Hart of Wheatland, a community volunteer and retired teacher, beat Clinton attorney Dorothy O'Brien, 53-47%.
things being equal, Hart would be favored, but Naeve made it extremely
close against Bowman in a much bluer version of this seat.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Rita R. Hart for State Senate, Naeve for State Senate Naeve leads with $27,072.52 in the bank. Hart spent down to win the primary and raised $5,727 after; she had $4,386.62 cash on hand.
House District 97
Registration: D 5984, R 6032, N 8653, total 20682, R +48
Incumbent: Steve Olson, R-DeWitt
Olson has survived ten years in swing territory. He got a relatively
close 56-44 race in 2008, but then went unopposed in 2010. This year,
the seat even closer. Democrats recruited a post-primary convention
nominee, retired ALCOA worker Ted Whisler of LeClaire.
Clinton County, Olson keeps Camanche, DeWitt and everything west. The
changes are marginal in Scott as Olson swaps a couple
Bettendorf-bordering townships. He keeps Le Claire, Princeton, and most
of the Wapsi River border.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Steve Olson for State Representative, Ted Whisler for District 97
Just in case, Olson took in a whopping $26,325.00 in June and July, and
has $31,626.54 on hand. He shouldn't worry: with a late start, Whisler
only has $623.10.
House District 98
Registration: D 7048, R 4109, N 7597, total 18764, D +2939
Incumbent: Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton, no Republican candidate
we're in The District Draws Itself range (city of Clinton
population=88% of ideal district size) there's little change in Wolfe's
lines or party margin. She took over in 2010 when Democrat Polly Bukta.
Republicans had the best circumstances they could get: an open seat, a
good cycle, and a credible candidate in former school board member David
Rose. But Rose fell 424 votes short, and the Republicans gave Wolfe a
bye this year.
Independent candidate Carolyn Grimes is a library trustee and an ex-Republican.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Mary Wolfe Campaign Grimes had no report.
Senate District 49, House District 97 & 98: District of the Day 1 - 6/30/2011| District of the Day 2 - 3/17/2012