Central Iowa voters elect Republican to state House seat

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 2:37 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Voters in central Iowa elected Republican Jon Dunwell to fill an open state House seat in a special election held after the incumbent lawmaker resigned.

Dunwell defeated Democrat Steve Mullan on Tuesday in House District 29 seat, which represents Newton and other smaller communities in Jasper County. The seat became open when Democratic incumbent Wes Breckenridge resigned after accepting a job at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

Dunwell ran for the seat in 2020 and lost to Breckenridge. He is a pastor and works as a financial services representative.

Mullan is a retired teacher who serves on the Newton City Council. Republicans now hold a 60 to 40 majority in the House.

“Congratulations to Jon Dunwell on a hard-fought victory. I look forward to working with you to make our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

“Iowans have spoken loud and clear in these last two special elections about the direction we are taking the state. Candidates who stood strongly for parental choice, personal responsibility, and pro-growth policies were successful. And we are just getting started.

“We have an incredible opportunity to keep up that momentum heading into this November’s Elections, but we can only do that if we show up and vote.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

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