Senate District 35
Registration: D 14725, R 8504, N 13535, total 36801, D +6221
Incumbent: Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids; holdover seat
Just to calm you down after that Marion post, here's some dull southwest Cedar Rapids contests.
is Iowa's senior legislator, elected to the House in 1972 and moving
over to the Senate after a decade. Wally hasn't even seen an opponent
since 1990, and the last excitement of any sort was in 1991 when he and
fellow Democrat Rich Running were paired (Running made a Senate to House
switch). Horn will hold over till 2014, when he'll be 80.
House District 69
Registration: D 6907, R 3651, N 6595, total 17171, D +3256
Incumbent: Kirsten Running-Marquardt, D-Cedar Rapids, unopposed
won this seat easily in a late 2009 special election when Dick Taylor
resigned. Her father had served much of the same area in the House and
Senate, and Kirsten had earned her own stripes with a decade in the
trenches of campaign and labor staffing. She had a rematch with her
special election opponent in the 2010 general, winning with over 63%.
old seat was virtually all in Cedar Rapids. The new district expands
outward south and west to the Johnson and Benton County lines, taking in
Fairfax and the Linn County piece of Walford. The lines move west
through midtown. Kirsten loses the core of downtown, Coe, and the Czech
Village area. The changes cut about 900 voters off of
Running-Marquardt's Democratic registration edge, but this remains solid
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Iowans for Kirsten Running-Marquardt
House District 70
Registration: D 7818, R 4853, N 6940, total 19630, D +2965
Incumbent: Todd Taylor, D-Cedar Rapids
Taylor was the younger but senior Taylor in the House when he served
with Dick Taylor. Todd picked this seat in a 1995 special when Kirsten's
dad Rich Running stepped down. Taylor's 58% in 2010 was probably the
low mark for Democrats.
Sometimes Taylor gets an opponent and this is one of those times. Republicans called a late convention and chose business owner Lance Lefebure.
His business produces high-end GPS equipment designed for ag use, and
he seems like he might have been a decent candidate for a more rural
Taylor's turf does stretch out into the county for the
first time, but it's still essentially an urban Cedar Rapids seat.
Taylor keeps the flood-ravaged Time Check area; the line between his
district and Running-Marquardt's moves south and gets smoother, mostly
following 16th Avenue SW. There's almost no change in the district's
solid Democratic edge.
July 19 Campaign Finance Report: Taylor for Representative
Senate District 35, House District 69 & 70: District of the Day 1 - 6/10/2011 | District of the Day 2 - 3/16/2012