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CNHI/SE Iowa

March 2, 2012

Southeast Iowa starting to see candidates emerge

OTTUMWA — The state's filing period for the 2012 primaries has just opened, but a race is shaping up quickly in one area Senate district.

Iowa Senate District 14 includes Wayne, Lucas, Decatur and Clarke counties, most of Marion County with the exception of Pella, and a slice of Jasper County. Two candidates have filed with the Iowa Secretary of State in the district: Republican Steven Everly and Democrat Dick Schrad. Both are from Knoxville.

Another area, Senate District 42, has a pair of Democratic contenders: Bob Morawitz of Ft. Madison and Rich Taylor of Mt. Pleasant. No Republicans have yet filed in the district, which includes eastern Jefferson County, part of Washington County, and all of Lee and Henry counties.

In the contests for the Iowa House, Jarad Klein of Keota has filed in District 78. Klein, a Republican, is an incumbent. Guy Vander Linden, another Republican incumbent, has filed in District 79. Vander Linden is from Oskaloosa. Neither has yet had a challenger file, according to the secretary of state's office.

Larry Sheets of Moulton has filed as a Republican in District 80 and is, as yet, the only filed candidate.

Two Republicans have filed in District 81, which includes Ottumwa. Rick McClure and Blake Smith both filed on Feb. 27, the first day in which candidates could formally submit their candidacies to the state. Both are from Ottumwa.

In District 82, James Johnson of Bloomfield has filed as a Republican candidate.

Filing for the primary continues through 5 p.m. March 16 for state and federal races.

The Iowa Secretary of State's website maintains a list of filed candidates.

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