Senate District 13
Registration: D 12584, R 14298, N 13429, total 40338, R +1714
Incumbent: Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola; holdover seat
this should be a very interesting race in 2014. Kent Sorenson is a lot
of things, but boring isn't one of them. He got the national spotlight
in the last week of caucus season with his defection from Michele
Bachmann to Ron Paul. Now his work for the jilted Bachmann is in court,
with the allegation that he lifted the home schooler's email list --
PRICELESS in the context of an Iowa GOP caucus -- for Team Michele.
The lawyers can sort that out. Me? I'm District of The Day guy, and Sorenson keeps pretty much the same turf.
He loses a tine piece of Warren, keeps the rest and all of Madison
County. Republican on paper, but more independent than anything. No
legislator is ever safe in this swingy south suburban turf.
House District 25
Registration: D 6003, R 7629, N 7017, total 20661, R +1626
Incumbent: Julian Garrett, R-Indianola
first run was a Senate bid in 2006, which he lost to Democrat Staci
Appel (she in turn lost to Sorenson in 2010). When Jodi Tymeson retired
from the House in 2010, Garrett won a three-way primary with 44%,
winning his Warren County part of the district and the Dallas part
that's now gone, but losing Madison.
The new seat is about half
Madison and half Warren; with the Dallas part gone the Warren parts
grow. This helped Garrett win a rematch primary fought on friends and
neighbors lines. Former Madison County supervisor Joan Acela, who
finished third overall in the 2010 primary but won Madison County, tried
again in 2012. She narrowly carried Madison, but Garret won a 71-29%
landslide in Warren for a 58-41 district-wide win.
In the old lines, Garrett beat a late-starting Democrat in 2010 with 64%.
There are two separate chunks of Warren County: a chunk south of
Indianola where Garrett lives, and a northern piece that includes
Norwalk. And Norwalk is home for Democrat Katie Routh, a teacher who, yes I have to say it, is the mother of Superman star Brandon Routh.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Garrett for Statehouse Committee, Routh for Representative
Routh has a big financial lead with $13,268.02 in the bank. That
includes $3000 from her famous son, but the rules say Superman gets to
help his mom. There's also, with more political significance, $1500 in
labor money, even though this is only the number 72 Democratic district.
Some Dude doesn't get labor money, and that indicates that this
candidate and this race are getting taken seriously.
Garrett has a
10 grand self-loan outstanding and spent $6,882.36 during the filing
period, which includes the last days before the primary. He has
$1,574.85 on hand.
House District 26
Registration: D 6581, R 6669, N 6412, total 19677, R +88
Open seat; Glen Massie, R-Des Moines retiring.
Scott Ourth is supposed to be running for re-election right now. The
former Warren County administrator broke every rookie candidate
fundraising record, and his opponent was a tea party Some Dude named
But it was 2010.
Massie found some
like-minded allies in fellow freshmen Tom Shaw and Kim Pearson. But from
the very beginning it seemed like the legislature was a poor fit for
Massie and vice versa. In the end, without any sort of visible
announcement that I could find, two other Republicans filed and he
didn't. Warren County GOP "co-chair" Steve McCoy defeated Carlisle mayor Ruth Randleman 56-44 in the primary.
never really stopped running, and the new lines and the presidential
cycle make this a little friendlier district for Ourth. It sheds Norwalk
to the west into Garrett's district, and gains east and south Warren
territory in return.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Scott Ourth for State Representative, McCoy For House 26 Ourth has a 100 to 1
cash on hand advantage with $37,014.92 on hand. McCoy spent what he had
and more on the primary. With $2,600 in loans out and $584.11 in bills
to pay, he had just $366.88.
Senate District 13, House District 25 & 26: District of the Day 1 - 5/11/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012