Republicans change Iowa House of Representatives district into an area occupied by Democrats for 46 years
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Republicans changed an Iowa House of Representatives district Tuesday night into an area controlled by Democrats for 46 years.
Republican Jon Dunwell defeated Democrat Steve Mullan in a special election, the second state legislative change for the Republican Party this year.
“Thank you Jasper County for putting your faith in me to be your voice in the Iowa House of Representatives,” Jon Dunwell said in the statement. “Throughout this campaign, I have had the honor of listening to many of you, those who agreed with me and those who offered opposing points of view. I have learned a lot and am looking forward to getting to work representing each and every one of you. “
Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley celebrated the victory.
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Jon flipped a seat occupied by Ds 4 decades. Iowans are roundly rejecting liberal policies coming from DC and influencing Democrats in Iowans. IA GOP listens to their concerns and delivers on campaign promises. That’s why Iowans continue to 2 increase our majority in the IA House #APpolitical https://t.co/3SSS5rAynD
– Speaker Pat Grassley (@PatGrassley) October 13, 2021
The Des Moines Register reported:
Republican Jon Dunwell won a special election for the Iowa House of Representatives, changing a Newton-based district that Democrats have held for years.
Dunwell led Democrat Steve Mullan Tuesday night with 60% of the vote, a difference of 930 votes, according to the Jasper County Auditor’s Office. Results are not official until certified by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.
Dunwell, 55, is a pastor and financial services representative who has lived in Newton with his wife for 10 years. They have two children and two dogs. Previously, he was a pastor in Orlando, Florida, for 21 years.
Iowa House District 29 includes Newton, Colfax, Mingo, Kellogg, Prairie City, Baxter, and parts of rural Jasper County.
Dunwell’s victory means Republicans will expand their majority in the Iowa House to 60-40.
It is the second special election victory for the Republican Party this fall. Last month, Republican Mike Bousselot won a competitive race to keep a seat in the Ankeny-based Iowa House of Representatives under the control of the Republican Party.
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