KNOXVILLE - Democrat Ann Fields and Republican Jon Thorup dominated their primary races Tuesday and will face off in November in Iowa House District 28.
The candidates, both from the Knoxville area, congratulated each other late Tuesday night in the Marion County Courthouse. Both pledged a civil campaign as they compete to replace state Rep. Greg Heartsill, who is stepping down after three terms.
Fields won 82 percent of the vote over challenger Zachary Pendroy in the district that includes parts of Jasper and Lucas counties and most of Marion County. Her margin was stronger in her home county, where she won 87 percent.
Thorup had a better than 3 to 2 edge over Van Wyk, largely due to his showing in Marion County, where to took more than 69 percent of the vote.
Fields said the results were gratifying.
“Some of that door knocking paid off,” she said. “Next thing up is the Coal Miners Parade on June 23!”
Fields said she’ll run a campaign focused on this issues. She and Thorup hope to hold some debates, she said.
“I think we can civilly disagree,” she said. “The voters will know the issues and they'll be able to choose which side of the issues they’re gonna be on.”
Thorup said it was hard to determine the secret to his success.
“If you asked a hundred different voters why they voted for me, you’d probably get a hundred different answers,” he said. “I don’t know that it was any one thing.”
Voters’ concern about mental health care exceeded Thorup’s expectations, he said.
“Almost everyone I talked to about mental health had a personal story that they wanted to share. One one hand, that was sad, but it was good to hear that more people are willing to talk about that,” he said. “I think we’re gonna be making some movement on that issue.”
Thorup also thinks his race against Fields will stand out for its civility.
“I think the world of her,” he said. “It’s as much of a rivalry that you can have with someone you respect that much.”
Fields, former president of William Penn University, already was doing the District 28 math Tuesday. The district has 7,500 Republicans, 5,000 Democrats and 7,000 independents, she said. She’s ready for the challenge to woo many to vote for her, and thinks the race between Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell will draw many voters come November.
Unofficial Marion County Results
State House District 28
Ann Fields: 82.22% (1,017 votes)
Zachary Pendroy: 17.7% (219)
Jon Thorup: 61.24% (1,150)
Jon Van Wyk 38.39% (721)
Kim Reynolds: 98.67 percent (93,316)
Write-in: 1.33 percent (1,260)
Nate Boulton: 5.07 percent (8,944)
Cathy Glasson: 20.47 percent (36,131)
Fred Hubbell: 55.52 percent (98,013)
Andrea Andy McGuire: 5.24 percent (9,257)
John Norris: 11.44 percent (20,200)
Ross Wilburn: 2.16 percent (3,807)
Write-in: .1 percent (177)
Marco Battaglia: 38.33 percent (678)
Jake Porter: 54.38 percent (962)
Write-in: 7.29 percent (129)
SECRETARY OF STATE
Paul D. Pate: 99.64 percent (86,630)
Write-in: .36 percent (310)
Deidre DeJear: 51.09 percent (80,990)
Jim Mowrer: 48.73 percent (77,258)
Write-in: .18 percent (286)
AUDITOR OF STATE
Mary Mosiman: 99.69 percent (84,486)
Write-in: .31 percent (262)
Rob Sand: 99.65 percent (145,754)
Write-in: .35 percent (505)
TREASURER OF STATE
Michael L. Fitzgerald: 99.74 percent (154,028)
Write-in: .26 percent (396)
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
Ray Gaesser: 16.21 percent (14,287)
Chad Ingels: 8.89 percent (7,833)
Craig Lang: 18.56 (16,355)
Mike Naig: 34.74 percent (30,616)
Dan Zumbach: 21.38 percent (18,841)
Write-in: .24 (208)
Tim Gannon: 99.55 percent (146,189)
Write-in: .45 percent (660)
Tom Miller: 99.68 percent (155,261)
Write-in: .32 percent (504)
IOWA SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Christopher Peters: 87.78 percent (18,025)
Write-in: 12.22 percent (2,510)
Dave Loebsack: 99.27 percent (42,233)
Write-in: .73 percent (309)