Sunday, August 19, 2012

District Of The Day 3: Iowa Senate District 43, Iowa House District 85 & 86

Senate District 43
Registration: D 18420, R 6915, N 12971, total 38475, D +11505
Incumbent: Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City; holdover seat

Ah, home sweet home. Bolkcom holds over in the most Democratic seat in the state, which includes most of Iowa City.  Republicans last ran a state senate candidate in the Iowa City based district in 1986.

House District 85
Registration: D 9956, R 3833, N 7117, total 21012, D +6123.
Incumbent: Vicki Lensing, D-Iowa City, unopposed

The number one Democratic House district in the state becomes an entirely Iowa City district for the first time. In 2000 Lensing had University Heights; last decade she had two rural fragments.

Lensing won a competitive primary and a less competitive general election in 2000 when the seat was open, and that's the last time she saw any opposition at all.

July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Lensing for House District #78 (sic)

House District 86
Registration: D 8464, R 3082, N 5854, total 17463, D +5382
Incumbent: Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, unopposed

My home district is the number three Democratic seat. The hardest part of Mascher's race was moving day. Her precinct was the one that got moved into Dave Jacoby's seat, so she moved back into a district that resembles her 1990s turf, except for a weird panhandle down to Hills (which is so Democratic even I was able to win it).

Mascher last saw a Republican opponent in her second term back in 1996. There was a Some Dude independent in 2008.

July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Committee to Elect Mascher

Senate District 43, House District 85 & 86: District of the Day 1 - 6/22/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/17/2012

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