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IA-01: Liz Mathis not running

by: desmoinesdem

Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 14:40:00 PM CDT

Confirming rumors that have circulated for the last two months, State Senator Liz Mathis told the Associated Press this morning that the timing isn't right for her to run for Congress in 2014.
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IA-01: Democrat Steve Sodders thinking about it

by: desmoinesdem

Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:35:00 AM CST

State Senator Steve Sodders will "take a serious look" at running for the first Congressional district seat Bruce Braley is vacating. Speaking by telephone yesterday, Sodders said he is in the "very exploratory" phase, talking with different groups and individuals. He currently has no deadline for announcing his plans, but he expects to decide sometime before this summer whether to run in next year's Democratic primary.

Marshall County Deputy Sheriff Sodders was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2008. He was just re-elected to a four-year term in Senate district 36, covering Marshall and Tama counties and a small area in Black Hawk County. Consequently, he would not need to give up his Senate seat to run for Congress. In addition to serving as Senate president pro-tem, Sodders chairs the Economic Growth Committee. I've posted his official bio after the jump.

So far State Representative Pat Murphy is the only declared Democratic candidate in the first Congressional district, and Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje is the only declared Republican.

I continue to believe that Iowa Democrats should nominate a woman for this very winnable seat--preferably someone other than the woman who just voted herself a 25 percent raise. I wish Senate President Pam Jochum had not taken herself out of the running so early.

Any relevant comments are welcome in this thread. The latest figures from the Iowa Secretary of State's office indicate that the 20 counties in IA-01 contain 165,428 active registered Democrats, 137,943 Republicans, and 193,674 no-party voters.

UPDATE: Sodders posted on Facebook on March 11, "Headed to Wash DC next week to talk to several groups and individuals about District 1." At the end of this post I've added more recent comments from Sodders.

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IA-01: Steve Rathje's in and other news on possible candidates

by: desmoinesdem

Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:57:33 AM CST

Cedar Rapids business owner Steve Rathje announced his candidacy  for the open seat in Iowa's first Congressional district last Friday. Background on Rathje and thoughts about other possible candidates in IA-01 are after the jump. A district map and the latest voter registration numbers in all 20 counties can be found here.
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Exclusive: Pam Jochum not running for Congress, may run for governor

by: desmoinesdem

Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:43:28 AM CST

Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum does not plan to run for the open seat in Iowa's first Congressional district but is considering a run for governor in 2014, she confirmed in a telephone interview today.
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