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April 28, 2014

Van Wyk won't face criminal charges

Knoxville — Former Iowa House District 28 candidate Jon Michael Van Wyk will not face criminal charges stemming from claiming residency at somewhere that was not his home, according to Jasper County Attorney Mike Jacobsen. 

Van Wyk, a Republican living in Clive, with the intent of moving to Sully, the location of his family's winery, sought to unseat Rep. Greg Heartsill during the June primary. On his candidate paperwork, submitted to the Secretary of State, he affirmed that his residence was Sully, though he had not yet moved there. 

He also filed a voter registration with the Jasper County Auditor's Office, affirming that Sully was his home. The registration was challenged. Following a hearing, Jasper County Auditor Dennis Parrott chose to cancel Van Wyk's Jasper County voter registration, as the former candidate failed to prove he lived in Sully. 

By affirming Sully as his home address, on his affidavit of candidacy, the candidate could have been charged with a crime. Intentionally falsifying information on this document is a felony in Iowa. 

"I don't think he intended to commit a criminal act," Jacobsen said. He believes Van Wyk should have just waited to file. Iowa's election laws would have allowed him to continue living in Clive through the primary election, as long as he moved into House District 28 at least 60 days prior to the general election. 

Jacobsen said Van Wyk did not need to register in Jasper County in March, as Van Wyk had done. Jacobsen believes Parrott's decision was the appropriate conclusion to this matter.

"It was just something (Van Wyk) shouldn't have done," Jacobsen said. 

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