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Iowa Senate district 22 update: John Ward announces candidacy

by: desmoinesdem

Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 09:55:00 AM CDT


Attorney John Ward, the widower of State Senator Pat Ward, has confirmed that he is running to succeed his wife in Iowa Senate district 22. A special election will be held on December 11 to fill the seat. The Democratic candidate will be Desmund Adams. Republicans will choose their candidate at a district nominating convention on November 8.

Earlier this week, the Iowa Republican blog listed eight potential Republican candidates, but not Ward. I suspect most of those named would not compete against Ward. One exception is Windsor Heights Pastor Terry Amman, who could fill the hard-core social conservative niche Jeff Mullen occupied during his primary challenge against Ward.

After the jump I've posted the latest voter registration totals in this district and a map showing the area it covers in Clive, Windsor Heights, Waukee, and West Des Moines.

desmoinesdem :: Iowa Senate district 22 update: John Ward announces candidacy
October 2012 voter registration numbers for Senate district 22 from the Iowa Secretary of State's office:

12,234 Democrats

16,964 Republicans

14,716 no-party voters

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I find it hard to believe that any Republican would put up much of a fight against  John Ward, some people may never speak to you again.  The whole thing changes the dynamics of the race for Desmund Adams as well.  


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a positive campaign already, so I don't know that he needs to change a lot, but he was also running as a voice for moderation. John Ward clearly isn't an extreme voice (unlike, say, Terry Amman).

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