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Last month, Senator Bill Anderson (R-Sioux City) announced he would be leaving the Senate.  Voters in Plymouth and parts of Woodbury County will go to the polls on Tuesday, December 12 to pick his replacement.  The winner of this Special Election will serve only one year, and will need to run again in November 2018.

Republicans and Democrats will pick their nominees in a special nominating convention, where each party's "central committee" meets and picks their candidate.  So far, two people have announced:

  • Todd Wendt, a retired LeMars School Superintendent, will seek the Democratic nomination. His father, the late Roger Wendt, served in the Iowa House 2003-2011.
  • Rep. Jim Carlin, currently representing Sioux City in the Iowa House, will seek the Republican nomination.  He has just finished his first year in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Not sure if you are in this district?  You can see a map of Senate District 3 here.

This is the 5th special election held in the last year.  Should Rep. Carlin win, it would trigger another (6th) special election, which would probably be scheduled in January.  On top of that, there could be more special elections ahead.  

Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture is awaiting confirmation for a top post at the US Department of Agriculture. If confirmed, the Governor will appoint a new Secretary of Agriculture.  At least three state legislators are rumored to be possible replacements - Rep. Pat Grassley, Sen. Dan Zumbach and Sen. Tim Kapucian.  If one of them is appointed, that would mean one (maybe two) more special elections!  Will it ever end?

We WILL be re-printing our 2018 Guide to the Iowa Legislature later this year, but in the meantime, you can get updated versions online at: