Senate District 40
Registration: D 10118, R 15642, N 12388, total 38175, R +5524
Open seat; Tom Rielly, D-Oskaloosa, retiring
hard to even call this "Rielly's" district, the lines have changed so
much. His home base of Oskaloosa and the eastern half of Mahaska is all
that overlaps. The old seat went north and east: Keokuk and Poweshiek
counties, most of Iowa (except Marengo) and a sliver of Tama. This
district picks up the rest of Mahaska, all of Monroe and Appanoose, and
the corner of Marion that includes Pella, It also gets rural Wapello
County north and west of Ottumwa, but none of the Democrats from the
The numbers make Republican Ken Rozenboom, a Mahaska
County supervisor, a heavy favorite. The line was blank on the
Democratic primary ballot, as Rielly retired days before the filing
deadline. Like Republican Jeff Kaufmann, he's running for the Board of Supervisors instead. And like the Sally Stutsman seat in Johnson, the main excitement may be filling Rozenboom's supervisor seat post-election.
The Democrats have recriuted a credible candidate, attorney and Pella school board member Tim Tripp. But this is the number 7 Republican district, the toughest that Democrats are contesting this cycle.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Rozenboom for Senate, Tripp4Senate.org
The late-starting Tripp is competitive in cash on hand with $4,369.54.
Rozenboom has $5,168.44, but he started raising and spending earlier.
House District 79
Registration: D 3818, R 9075, N 5941, total 18849, R +5257
Incumbent: Guy Vander Linden, R-Oskaloosa
UPDATE September 20: Democrat Wilson has moved out of state.
years ago this was a top tier race as Vander Linden beat two-term
Democrat Eric Palmer in a dead-even Oskaloosa-Grinnell seat.
new map changed everything. Two similar sized cities that had always
been the anchors of different legislative districts, Oskaloosa and
Pella, got drawn tohether. Pella's Jim Van Engelenhoeven is retiring,
and freshman Guy Vander Linden inherits what's now a safe seat (#7 most Republican). The top six are uncontested, so no Democrat running this year has tougher turf than Chris Wilson of Oskaloosa.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: VANDER LINDEN FOR IOWA Wilson had not raised enough money to form a committee.
House District 80
Registration: D 6300, R 6567, N 6447, total 19326, R +267
House 80 is a very close swing seat: just barely Democratic before the
caucuses, just barely Republican after. It includes all of Appanoose
and Monroe Counties, western Wapello and eastern Mahaska; it comes up to
the city limits of Ottumwa and Oskaloosa but includes neither. It's
right on the line for House control: tied for number 49 most
Democratic/number 51 most Republican.
Democrats have an
A-list candidate from the first family of Monroe County politics. Joe
Judge, a teacher and former county party chair, is the son of former Lt.
Gov. Patty Judge and former Sen. John Judge (who succeeded Patty in the
Senate when she became Secretary of Agriculture).
Larry Sheets of
Moulton, a retired engineer and former Moulton-Udell school board
member, is the Republican. He filed in 2010 in the old Kurt Swaim seat,
but dropped out before the withdrawal deadline.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Sheets For Iowa House, Judge for Iowa Judge has a huge money lead with $20,786.21 on hand. Sheets has just $993.92.
Senate District 40, House District 79 & 80: District of the Day 1 - 6/17/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/17/2012