Senate District 31
Registration: D 14687, R 6331, N 12542, total 33574, D +8356
Incumbent: Bill Dotzler, D-Waterloo; holdover seat
excellent Democratic district gets even better with minor line changes.
Dotzler keeps all of Waterloo northeast of the river and a similar
chunk of the southeast, along with Elk Run Heights, Evansdale and
Raymond. The changes are at the edges and are a bigger deal on the map
than on the demographics. He holds over in the second most Democratic
district till 2014.
House District 61
Registration: D 6392, R 3959, N 6484, total 16842, D +2433
Incumbent: Anesa Kajtazovic, D-Waterloo
is a good bet to be the first incumbent re-elected here since Democrat
Don Shoultz in 2004. He lost to former TV anchor Tami Wiencek in 2006,
who in turn lost in the Obama wave to Kerry Burt, who promptly
Kajtazovic was the only Democrat with the nerve
to step up and actually challenge Burt, who dropped out after the
withdrawal deadline. She beat former Waterloo mayor John Rooff with 59%
to immediately earn two lines in the record books: first Bosnian-Iowan
in the Legislature and at age 24 the youngest female legislator in state
Tea partyish Lyn Tackett lost the 2010 Republican primary to Rooff, and is making a second run.
keeps roughly the same chunk of southeast Waterloo. The changes help
the district's Democratic margin by about 350 registered voters.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Tackett Together, Anesa Kajtazovic for Iowa House Kajtazovic has a solid incumbent $15,548.30 bank account. Tackett has just $699.28 on hand.
House District 62
Registration: D 8295, R 2372, N 6058, total 16732, D +5923
Incumbent: Deborah Berry, D-Waterloo
Berry hasn't had a tough race since her first primary in 2002. No wonder, as
Waterloo northeast of the Cedar River is the number two Democratic
House district. A 2006 opponent dropped out, then Berry won an easy
three to one 2008 primary win against a power plant opponent. No
opposition at all in 2010.
Chad Folken is challenging as an
independent this year, though he donated $100 to the Black Hawk County
GOP as recently as May. Maybe he figures the GOP label is a negative in
this seat. I've seen that dynamic here in the People's Republic of
Johnson County (home of the number one and three Democratic districts).
But when you file as an independent, you give up the Republican straight
ticket votes, which even in a district like this add up to something.
As an independent, Folken will have to earn each and every vote on his
own, and a GOP straight ticket vote will simply skip the race.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Berry for Iowa House of Representatives
Senate District 31, House District 61 & 62: District of the Day 1 - 6/06/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012