State Representative Kim Pearson (R-Pleasant Hill) announced in a statement yesterday via email:
Serving Polk and Jasper County taxpayers is a tremendous honor and privilege. While I am grateful for the honor, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives at the end of this term. I will continue to advance important conservative, constitutional principles through the new opportunities presented to me. Whether through conservative issue advocacy groups or PACs, I will remain in the battle for liberty.
Jim Carley announced that he is running in House District 30. Pearson’s announcement means that a Republican primary will likely be avoided. His Democrat challenger is Altoona City Council member Joe Riding. The new HD 30 includes: he Des Moines suburbs Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle (the section in Polk County), Elkhart, Mitchellville and Runnells.