Former State Representative Annette Sweeney (R-Alden) defeated Tracey Freese, a Democrat small businesswoman from Dike in Iowa Senate District 25’s special election 55.8 percent o 44.2 percent.
The Libertarian Party of Iowa only had 13 candidates qualify for the ballot in their first primary on June 5th, and will only have one contested primary as Jake Porter and Marco Battaglia compete for the party’s nomination for Governor.
Twenty-one Iowa Legislators have decided not to run for reelection in 2018. The Iowa House will have 16 members retire after this session. Twelve Republicans and four Democrats will leave the House. The Iowa Senate Republicans will have two retirements and Democrats will see three.
Carrie Koelker officially announced her candidacy for Iowa Senate District 29 to challenge incumbent State Senator Tod Bowman (D-Makoqueta) in November 2018.
Shannon Latham announced she was running in Iowa Senate District 27 a seat currently held by State Senator Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City).
Republican challenger Chris Cournoyer announced she was running in Iowa Senate District 49 a seat currently held by State Senator Rita Hart (D-Wheatland).