Senate District 27
Registration: D 11323, R 13152, N 15650, total 40147, R +1829
Incumbent: Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City; holdover seat
quiet here: two unopposed incumbents and a holdover Senator. But it
will be interesting in two years, as Ragan has the most Republican
Senate seat held by a Democrat (#33 most Democratic). The old district lines gave Ragan a 2500 Democrat voter registration edge. She was re-elected two to one over a weak opponent in 2010.
keeps Mason City, but her new turf goes south and west instead of north
and east. She drops Floyd and Mitchell counties and gains Franklin, the
northern part of Butler, and the western, Clear Lake half of Cerro
House District 53
Registration: D 7157, R 4654, N 8309, total 20129, D +2503
Incumbent: Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City
Few line changes here as Mason City is almost, but just under, the ideal district size so The District Draws Itself.
was probably the most Democratic district held by Republicans for most
of the 2000s. Bill Schickel moved on to higher party office in 2008 --
wonder how HE'd be doing as state chair? -- and Steckman finally took
the seat back for the Dems.She's now solid enough that the GOP isn't
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Citizens for Sharon Steckman
House District 54
Registration: D 4166, R 8498, N 7341, total 20018, R +4332
Incumbent: Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake
escaped the redistricting triple-up with Stu Iverson and Henry Rayhons,
got the dream house at the lake, and along with it nearly 2000 more
Republicans. Upmeyer and the district move out of Hancock County to keep
western Cerro Gordo, including Clear Lake, and all of Franklin County.
The new turf adds northern Butler County from Pat Grassley's district.
thought they had a late starter here, but that fell through, so Upmeyer
can fully concentrate on her leadership duties.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Upmeyer for House
Madame Leader has a Gronstal-like $249,502.35 in the bank. Now THAT is
the kind of number Senate Republicans would like to see out of Jerry
Senate District 27, House District 53 & 54: District of the Day 1 - 5/31/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012