Senate District 44
Registration: D 14738, R 10220, N 12526, total 37501, D +4518
Incumbent: Tom Courtney, D-Burlington
slid comfortably into an open seat here in 2002 seat without GOP
opposition (he beat an independent Some Dude). The Republicans finally
tried in `08; David Kerr only scored 40% but carried Louisa.
This cycle, Republican Bradley Bourn
is running. He's emphasizing his military background with a giant
monster truck-caper parade vehicle pained in green camouflage; looks
like the Urban Assault Vehicle from Stripes.
district keeps Des Moines and Louisa counties intact. Courtney also
keeps a chunk of western Muscatine County, which grows. Despite that the
party margin is almost identical.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Courtney for State Senate Committee, Bourn for Senate Courtney has $9,631.33 in the bank to Bourne's $1,733.72.
House District 87
Registration: D 8825, R 4089, N 5918, total 18846, D +4736
Incumbent: Dennis Cohoon, D-Burlington
District Draws Itself seat; Burlington's population is 84% of ideal
House district size. West Burlington historically was carved off, but
now they're together and are 94% of a district. Lose three townships to
the north, add one on the south, and that's Dennis Cohoon's district.
He's been in the House since a 1987 special, making him the senior House member.
Dave Selmon actually held Cohoon to 59% in the toxic climate of 2010;
that's probably a high water mark for the Republicans.
Cohoon has two opponents. Dan Cahill, a sitting Des Moines County
supervisor, filed as an independent in House District 87. Cahill was
elected to the Board as a Democrat in 2008, pledging to serve only one
term, and did not seek re-nomination in the June primary. Self-described "Libertarian Republican" Andrew Wilson has the GOP ballot line.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Cohoon for Representative Wilson and Cahill did not raise enough money to report.
House District 88
Registration: D 5913, R 6131, N 6608, total 18655, R +218
Incumbent: Tom Sands, R-Wapello
is the descendant of the district I ran in two maps ago. In 2002 the
configuration changed from Louisa-rural Muscatine-rural Johnson to
Louisa-rural Muscatine-rural Des Moines. That's when Tom Sands, then of
Columbus Junction (he's now moved downstream to Wapello) took over from
Barry Brauns. The toughest challenge was in 2008, when former Columbus
City mayor Frank Best held him to just 53%. Despite that, the Ways and
Means chair got a bye in 2010.
The chunk of rural Muscatine
expands to restore most of the northern tier of Muscatine County: West
Liberty, Atalissa, Moscow. But that area has changed a lot, becoming
more Hispanic and Democratic. This census both West Liberty and
Conesville reported Hispanic majorities in the census, with Columbus
Junction just short at 48%.
That opens up a big opportunity for Democrat Sara Sedlacek of West Liberty, a small business owner and grant writer. This is a must-win for both teams, as the number 47 Democratic seat.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Committee to Elect Sara Sedlacek, Sands for State House
Who would have pegged this poor, rural turf for a high-dollar race?
Sands has a leadership level $70,680.04 on hand. Yet Sedlacek has proven
to be an outstanding fundraiser, with $27,304.54.
Senate District 44, House District 87 & 88: District of the Day 1 - 6/23/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/17/2012