Van Wyk grew up between Pella and Oskaloosa. Three years ago, his family started a business in Sully.
"We're moving there," Van Wyk said of Sully. Currently a Clive resident, Van Wyk believes where he lays his head at night should not matter, as he already spends more time in Sully than Clive. He added that he is not moving to Sully specifically to run for office. He intends to retire there, and the candidacy was not on his mind when he made the decision to move.
Though he is a Clive resident, the Iowa Constitution only requires that a House member be a resident of Iowa for one year, and of the district he or she represents for 60 days before the General Election. Similar requirements are not in place for the primary, because no one is being elected to serve in a primary. Its purpose is candidate selection.
Sarah Reisetter, Director of Elections for the Iowa Secretary of State's Office, said that if one objects to someone's candidacy, a written objection can be mailed in. Written objections are due in to the Secretary of State's Office by the close of business on Friday, March 21. A reason for objecting to one's candidacy, such as the residency issue, must be included in the objection.
When an objection is received by the office, the State Objection Panel (Secretary of State, Auditor of State and Attorney General) or their designees meet as soon as possible to decide the validity of the objection. Candidates must be given at least 72 hours' notice of these meetings and other notices must be posted. All of these hearings, for the primary, must be completed by March 26.
Objection letters can be mailed to Secretary of State, in care of Elections, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50319.
Miller-Meeks addresses committee
Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa is running for the Republican nomination for Iowa's Second Congressional District. Look for more on this candidate soon. We also intend to chat more with Van Wyk for a full story on his candidacy for an upcoming edition.