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					  The Road to a
Democratic Majority




2006 Iowa House and Senate
    Candidates
    Dear Friends,

    We are excited and energized by the opportunity presented to Democrats in the state legislature during the 2006
    election cycle. In 2004 we were able to make significant gains in both chambers, bringing the closest possible
    margins to the Iowa House and Senate. While gridlock could have ensued, Democrats demonstrated our ability to
    lead and govern responsibly, working with our colleagues as legislators and Iowans rather than Republicans and
    Democrats for the benefit of the state.

    In 2006 both the House and Senate are within reach of Democratic control. We feel confident we will gain majori-
    ties in both chambers, breaking the tie in the Iowa Senate and gaining the two seats needed to move the Iowa
    House into the Democratic column when session begins in January of 2007. The candidates on the following pages
    represent a strong slate of Iowans who are deeply concerned with the future of their state, strongly connected to
    their communities and ready to work hard to become the next State Representative or State Senator in their dis-
    tricts.

    We are excited about our continuing partnership with the Iowa Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign, which is
    committed to winning majorities in the Iowa legislature. This partnership will benefit our candidates by gathering
    valuable information about voters and assisting our GOTV efforts. This November we expect to be celebrating the
    return of the Iowa legislature to Democratic control.

    We appreciate your interest and your support of these candidates. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate
    to contact either of us. You can also direct questions to the House Caucus Director, Karen Erickson, or the Senate
    Caucus Director, Emily Parcell. Both can be reached at the Iowa Democratic Party Headquarters at 515-244-
    7292.

    Thank you for your support of our efforts.




    Mike Gronstal                                          Pat Murphy
    Co-Leader of the Iowa Senate                           House Democratic Leader

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                          Candidate Index by District
SD01   Warnstadt    Steve                       HD39    Pettengill          Dawn
SD05   Olive        Rich                        HD40    Owens               Sharon
SD07   Ragan        Amanda                      HD41    Bell                Paul
SD09   Heckroth     Bill                        HD42    Huser               Geri
SD11   Dotzler      Bill                        HD43    Smith               Mark
SD13   Stewart      Roger                       HD44    Hoy                 Tim
SD15   Dvorsky      Bob                         HD45    Wessel-Kroeschell   Beth
SD17   Horn         Wally                       HD46    Heddens             Lisa
SD19   Hogg         Rob                         HD47    Wiesley             Russ
SD21   Black        Dennis                      HD48    Olson               Donovan
SD23   Quirmbach    Herman                      HD49    Miller              Helen
SD25   Beall        Daryl                       HD50    Gentry              Lynne
SD31   McCoy        Matt                        HD54    Cougill             Dan
SD33   Hatch        Jack                        HD56    Doumakes Creasman   Janice
SD35   Johnson      Merle                       HD59    Sammler             Jim
SD37   Appel        Staci                       HD60    Willis              Kelly     **
SD39   Bolkcom      Joe                         HD61    Oldson              Jo
SD43   Seng         Joe                         HD62    Hunter              Bruce
SD45   Schmitz      Becky                       HD64    Petersen            Janet
SD47   Kreiman      Keith                       HD65    Ford                Wayne
HD01   Whitead      Wes                         HD66    Abdul-Samad         Ako
HD02   Wendt        Roger                       HD66    Affannato           Frank     *
HD06   James        Charles                     HD66    Lay                 Paul      *
HD07   Frevert      Marcie                      HD66    Wilson              Tre       *
HD08   Mertz        Delores                     HD67    McCarthy            Kevin
HD09   Bailey       McKinley                    HD68    Olson               Rick
HD10   Radke        Susan                       HD69    Calhoun             John
HD11   Fairchild    Ann                         HD71    Haustein            Cathy
HD13   Steckman     Alan                        HD72    Malone              Buzz
HD14   Kuhn         Mark                        HD73    Bussanmas           Maxine
HD15   Quirk        Brian                       HD73    Ramsey              Marty     **
HD16   Hansen       Tom                         HD74    Davitt              Mark
HD17   Wipperman    Alek                        HD75    Palmer              Eric
HD18   Wenthe       Andrew                      HD76    Montross            Chris
HD19   Kressig      Bob                         HD77    Mascher             Mary
HD20   Kelley       Doris                       HD78    Lensing             Vicki
HD21   Shoultz      Don                         HD79    Oleson              Clara
HD22   Berry        Deborah                     HD80    Reichert            Nathan
HD23   McRoberts    Pete                        HD81    Phelps              Lauren
HD24   Thomas       Roger                       HD83    Kauffman            Reg
HD25   Schueller    Tom                         HD84    Gayman              Elesha
HD26   Bukta        Polly                       HD85    Lykam               Jim
HD27   Jochum       Pam                         HD86    Winckler            Cindy
HD28   Murphy       Pat                         HD87    Hoth                Andrew
HD29   Foege        Ro                          HD88    Cohoon              Dennis
HD30   Jacoby       Dave                        HD89    Nolte               Mark
HD31   Zirkelbach   Ray                         HD90    Whitaker            John
HD32   Avenarius    Tom                         HD92    Wise                Phil
HD33   Taylor       Dick                        HD93    Gaskill             Mary
HD34   Taylor       Todd                        HD94    Swaim               Kurt
HD35   Kvach        Jan                         HD95    Reasoner            Mike
HD36   Dandekar     Swati                       HD98    Vitamvas            Sally
HD37   Staed        Art                         HD99    Reger               Will
HD38   Olson        Tyler                       HD100   Shomshor            Paul



                          * Candidate chose not to submit biography
                                 ** Information Unavailable
                               Alphabetical Candidate Index
HD66   Abdul-Samad         Ako                     SD31    McCoy               Matt
HD66   Affannato           Frank          *        HD23    McRoberts           Pete
SD37   Appel               Staci                   HD08    Mertz               Delores
HD32   Avenarius           Tom                     HD49    Miller              Helen
HD09   Bailey              McKinley                HD76    Montross            Chris
SD25   Beall               Daryl                   HD28    Murphy              Pat
HD41   Bell                Paul                    HD89    Nolte               Mark
HD22   Berry               Deborah                 HD61    Oldson              Jo
SD21   Black               Dennis                  HD79    Oleson              Clara
SD39   Bolkcom             Joe                     SD05    Olive               Rich
HD26   Bukta               Polly                   HD38    Olson               Tyler
HD73   Bussanmas           Maxine                  HD48    Olson               Donovan
HD69   Calhoun             John                    HD68    Olson               Rick
HD88   Cohoon              Dennis                  HD40    Owens               Sharon
HD54   Cougill             Dan                     HD75    Palmer              Eric
HD36   Dandekar            Swati                   HD64    Petersen            Janet
HD74   Davitt              Mark                    HD39    Pettengill          Dawn
SD11   Dotzler             Bill                    HD81    Phelps              Lauren
HD56   Doumakes Creasman   Janice                  HD15    Quirk               Brian
SD15   Dvorsky             Bob                     SD23    Quirmbach           Herman
HD11   Fairchild           Ann                     HD10    Radke               Susan
HD29   Foege               Ro                      SD07    Ragan               Amanda
HD65   Ford                Wayne                   HD73    Ramsey              Marty     **
HD07   Frevert             Marcie                  HD95    Reasoner            Mike
HD93   Gaskill             Mary                    HD99    Reger               Will
HD84   Gayman              Elesha                  HD80    Reichert            Nathan
HD50   Gentry              Lynne                   HD59    Sammler             Jim
HD16   Hansen              Tom                     SD45    Schmitz             Becky
SD33   Hatch               Jack                    HD25    Schueller           Tom
HD71   Haustein            Cathy                   SD43    Seng                Joe
SD09   Heckroth            Bill                    HD100   Shomshor            Paul
HD46   Heddens             Lisa                    HD21    Shoultz             Don
SD19   Hogg                Rob                     HD43    Smith               Mark
SD17   Horn                Wally                   HD37    Staed               Art
HD87   Hoth                Andrew                  HD13    Steckman            Alan
HD44   Hoy                 Tim                     SD13    Stewart             Roger
HD62   Hunter              Bruce                   HD94    Swaim               Kurt
HD42   Huser               Geri                    HD33    Taylor              Dick
HD30   Jacoby              Dave                    HD34    Taylor              Todd
HD06   James               Charles                 HD24    Thomas              Roger
HD27   Jochum              Pam                     HD98    Vitamvas            Sally
SD35   Johnson             Merle                   SD01    Warnstadt           Steve
HD83   Kauffman            Reg                     HD02    Wendt               Roger
HD20   Kelley              Doris                   HD18    Wenthe              Andrew
SD47   Kreiman             Keith                   HD45    Wessel-Kroeschell   Beth
HD19   Kressig             Bob                     HD90    Whitaker            John
HD14   Kuhn                Mark                    HD01    Whitead             Wes
HD35   Kvach               Jan                     HD47    Wiesley             Russ
HD66   Lay                 Paul           *        HD60    Willis              Kelly     **
HD78   Lensing             Vicki                   HD66    Wilson              Tre       *
HD85   Lykam               Jim                     HD86    Winckler            Cindy
HD72   Malone              Buzz                    HD17    Wipperman           Alek
HD77   Mascher             Mary                    HD92    Wise                Phil
HD67   McCarthy            Kevin                   HD31    Zirkelbach          Ray



                                 * Candidate chose not to submit biography
                                        ** Information Unavailable
         2006 Senate Ballot
                             By the Numbers
                   Current Balance: 25-25
                   25 Seats up for election
                   14 Democratic Incumbents
                   0 Open Democratic Seats
                   4 Open Republican Seats
                   2 Strong Challengers to GOP Incumbents



        Fast Facts on 2006 Senate Ballot

þ   14 Democratic seats are on the ballot in 2006, compared with 11
    GOP seats.

þ   Democrats have NO open seats to defend. Republicans must defend
    4 open seats

þ   Six Democrats are running unopposed- Sen. Bill Dotzler, Sen. Bob
    Dvorsky, Sen. Wally Horn, Sen. Jack Hatch, Sen. Herman
    Quirmbach, and Sen. Joe Seng.
þ   8 Democratic incumbents are facing opposition- Sen. Daryl Beall,
    Sen. Dennis Black, Sen. Joe Bolkcom, Sen. Keith Kreiman, Sen.
    Matt McCoy, Sen. Amanda Ragan, Sen. Roger Stewart, and Sen.
    Steve Warnstadt.



        1 seat needed for a Democratic Majority
2006 Senate Candidates
                                                                                       3301 Chambers St.
Senate District 1                                                                    Sioux City, IA 51104
Steve Warnstadt                                                                      Home: 712-258-3705
                                                                                   warnstadt@cableone.net



Steve Warnstadt was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election, he served four
terms in the Iowa House. He represents District 1 which includes the city of Sioux City.

Warnstadt earned his B.A. from Drake University and his Master’s degree from Temple University. In addition
to his service in the legislature, Warnstadt serves as an adjunct professor at Western Iowa Technical Commu-
nity College in Sioux City and as an intelligence officer with the Iowa Army National Guard.

Warnstadt is an active member of the community. He is involved with the Sioux Trails Girl Scouts Board of
Directors, the American Legion and the VFW. He is the recipient of the Sioux City NAACP Award, five Army
Commendation Awards, the Valorous Unit Award, the Military Intelligence Corps Association Knowlton
Award and was recognized by the Sioux City Journal as one of the city’s “40 under 40”.

Steve and his wife, Mary, have one daughter, Emily, and one son, Jack.

Warnstadt serves as Co-Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and as Co-Chair of the Senate Transpor-
tation Budget Subcommittee. He also sits on the Senate Appropriations, Judiciary, and Transportation Com-
mittees.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term.


      Committee
Warnstadt for Senate
3301 Chambers St.
Sioux City, IA 51104

Commitee ID # 870


      The District
District includes:
City of Sioux City

Harkin ‘02:    57.6%
Vilsack ‘02:   55.8%
Kerry ‘04:     49.3%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                     1264 Northridge Rd.
Senate District 5                                                                    Story City, IA 50248
Rich Olive                                                                          Home: 515-733-2427
                                                                               oliveforsenate@gmail.com



Rich Olive was raised in Story City and is a graduate of Story City High School. Following graduation Olive
joined the Army National Guard and worked as an assistant manager for a furniture factory in Roland. Olive is
currently the owner and President of Norsemen Insurance and Realty in Story City. He began working at
Egenes Insurance in 1979 and purchased the agency in 1982. He renamed the agency Norsemen Insurance
Services, Ltd. in 1993. In 2000, the agency was expanded to include real estate.

Rich is an active member of the community. He is serving as a board member for the Bethany Life Community
Foundation, the Mary Greely Medical Center Foundation, the Ackley State Bank of Story City Advisory
Board, and Riverbend Golf Course Board. Rich is a past-president and member of Story City Lions Club,
the recipient of the Story City Lions Club Lifetime of Service Award, and the two time recipient of the
Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Rich was also a founding member and past-president of Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe, is a member of
American Legion Post #59, of the Roland-Story Athletic Boosters, and of the Roland-Story Fine Arts Boost-
ers. Rich is the announcer for Roland-Story football games and also emcees the annual Scandinavian Days
Parade. He is an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir.

In addition to his community involvement, Rich is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa and
a member of the Society of Insurance Counselors. Olive also serves as President of the Story City Develop-
ment Corporation, which has been active in efforts to recruit and retain businesses in the Story City area for
several years.

He and his wife, Marian, live in Story City. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
   Challenge Race
Stewart Iverson

      Committee
Olive the Supporters of
Rich for Senate
P.O. Box 274
Story City, IA 50248

Commitee ID # 1645


      The District
District includes:
Hamilton County, Wright County,
most of Story County and a
portion of Webster County.

Harkin ‘02:    53.8%
Vilsack ‘02:   54.1%
Kerry ‘04:     46.7%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                  Notes:
                                                                                     20 Granite Court SE
                                                                                    Mason City, IA 50401
Senate District 7                                                                  Home: 641-424-0874
Amanda Ragan                                                                    raganmanda@yahoo.com
                                                                                www.raganforsenate.com

Amanda Ragan was first elected to the Iowa Senate in a special election in March 2002. She ran successfully
for reelection in the fall of 2002. Currently, Ragan represents District 7, which encompasses Mason City, four
townships in Cerro Gordo County, all of Floyd and Mitchell Counties, and a precinct in Howard County.

Ragan is an honors graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. In addition to her legislative
service, she is the Executive Director of both The Community Kitchen of North Iowa, Inc. and the Mason City
Meals on Wheels programs.

A longtime believer in community service, Ragan is involved with the Chambers of Commerce in Floyd and
Mitchell Counties and Mason City. Additionally, she is a contributing member of the Mason City Sunrise
Rotary, North Iowa Fund-Raising Professionals, the local Council on Social Agencies, the Francis Lauer Youth
Services Board of Directors, the Iowa Maternal Health Advisory Council, the Iowa Department of Public
Health Birth Defects Advisory Committee, and the Iowa Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i) Board of
Directors.

Amanda and her husband, James, live in Mason City, and have two children and one granddaughter.

Ragan is the Co-Chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee and a member of the Senate Health and
Human Services Budget Subcommittee. She also serves on the Senate Agriculture, Appropriations, Economic
Growth, and the Rules and Administration Committees.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term


      Committee
Amanda Ragan for Iowa
 Senate
20 Granite Court SE
Mason City, IA 50401

Commitee ID # 1336


      The District
District includes:
Mitchell County, Floyd County, a
portion of Howard County and a
portion of Cerro Gordo County

Harkin ‘02:    61.4%
Vilsack ‘02:   60.6%
Kerry ‘04:     53.6%

Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                   Notes:
                                                                                   416 West Bremer Ave.
                                                                                      Waverly, IA 50677
Senate District 9                                                                  Home: 319-352-5149
Bill Heckroth                                                            heckrothforsenate@hotmail.com




Bill Heckroth has been a resident of Waverly for nearly 20 years, where he owns his own financial consulting
business, Financial Architects, and is active with several community organizations.

Bill is running for the Iowa Senate from District 9 which covers all of Butler and Bremer counties, the western
2/3 of Fayette County, and a portion of northern Black Hawk County.

Heckroth was raised in Dysart, a farming community in Tama County. His activities in Waverly include Presi-
dent of the Waverly –Shell Rock High School Booster Club; chair of the United Way of Waverly-Shell Rock;
chair of the Waverly Parks and Recreation Board; chair of the St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Council;
member of the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community’s Strategic Planning Committee; chair of the Bartels
Lutheran Retirement Community’s Board of Directors and Foundation; volunteer baseball coach at Wartburg
College and Waverly-Shell Rock High School; and Founder and director of the Coca-Cola Waverly Youth
Baseball/Softball Tournament.

Heckroth is married to Jan Heckroth, a staff chaplain and Spiritual Care Team Leader at Allen Hospital in
Waterloo. They have three sons: Thomas, who will be graduating from the University of Iowa this spring;
Andrew, who will be a sophomore at the University of Iowa this fall; and Patrick, who will be a senior at
Waverly-Shell Rock High School this fall.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial
Management and played on the Iowa Hawkeye baseball team, earning 1st Team “All Big 10” as a pitcher his
senior year and leading the Hawkeyes to the Big 10 Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I
College World Series in Omaha, NE.
  Open Seat Race


      Committee
Heckroth for Senate
416 West Bremer Ave.
Waverly, IA 50677

Commitee ID # 1608


      The District
District includes:
Butler County, Bremer County, a
portion of northern Black Hawk
County and the western 2/3 of
Fayette County.

Harkin ‘02:    52.7%
Vilsack ‘02:   50.8%
Kerry ‘04:     45.9%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                  Notes:
Senate District 11                                                                 2837 Cedar Terrace Dr.

Bill Dotzler                                                                      Waterloo, IA 50702-4513
                                                                                     Home: 319-296-2947



Bill Dotzler was elected to a four-year term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election, Dotzler served
three terms in the Iowa House. He represents District 11, which includes the city of Waterloo, Elk Run
Heights, Evansdale and Raymond.

Dotzler graduated from Cedar Falls High School, earned his Associates Degree at Northern Iowa Area
Community College, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition
to his work in the Iowa legislature, Dotzler is employed at John Deere Waterloo Works as a Machine Opera-
tor and Labor Representative.

Dotzler has a long career in public service focusing on the area of job training and development. He has been
active with the Iowa Institute for Public Leadership, Iowa Workforce Development Council, the 21st Century
Workforce Council, the Governor’s Housing Task Force, the Area VII Regional Workforce Investment Board
and Job Training Administration, and the Board of Directors for the Black Hawk Leadership Council.

In addition to his background in workforce development, Dotzler has been active in the Cedar Valley commu-
nity as a Chair of the Board of Directors for the Waterloo Nursing Association, President of Friends of
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, and Charter Presidentof the Cedar Trails Partnership.

Dotzler is Co-Chair of the Senate Economic Development Budget Subcommittee and serves on the Senate
Appropriations, Business and Labor, Economic Growth, Human Resources, and Ways and Means Commit-
tees.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term


      Committee
Citizens to Elect Bill Dotzler
2837 Cedar Terrace Dr.
Waterloo, IA 50702-4513

Commitee ID # 1040


      The District
District includes:
Central Black Hawk County

Harkin ‘02:    67.8%
Vilsack ‘02:   65.8%
Kerry ‘04:     58.9%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       3936 317th Ave.
                                                                                     Preston, IA 52069
Senate District 13                                                                 Home: 563-689-4523
Roger Stewart                                                                          rstjls@netins.net
                                                                                   www.rogerstewart.org


Roger Stewart was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. He represents District 13 which covers
all of Jackson County and parts of Dubuque and Clinton counties including the city of Clinton.

Stewart is a graduate of Maquoketa High School and attended Cornell College. He is a graduate of the
Wisconsin School of Banking and has been involved in both banking and farming in Jackson County.

Stewart is an active member of the community. He is a member of the Regional Workforce Institute Board
and the Jackson County Revolving Loan Fund and has been active in promoting area economic development.
He is the recipient of the Chamber Friends of Agriculture Award and the National Banking Award for his work
during the 1980’ Farm Crisis.

Roger and his wife, Jennie, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Stewart serves as the Co-Chair for the Senate Administration and Regulation Budget Subcommittee, and also
sits on the Senate Appropriations, Commerce, Economic Growth, Local Government and Ways and Means
Committees.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term


      Committee
Citizens for Stewart
3936 317th Avenue
Preston, IA 52069

Commitee ID # 1363


      The District
District includes:
Jackson County, Clinton County
and a portion of Dubuque
County

Harkin ‘02:    62.3%
Vilsack ‘02:   57.6%
Kerry ‘04:     58.1%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                 412 6th St.
 Senate District 15                                                                    Coralville, IA 52241
 Bob Dvorsky                                                                         Home: 319-351-0988
                                                                                   bobdvorsky@yahoo.com


Bob Dvorsky was re-elected to his fourth term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election, Dvorsky
served for seven years in the Iowa House of Representatives and seven years on the Coralville City Council.
He represents District 15, which cover parts of Johnson and Linn counties including the cities of Coralville, Mt.
Vernon, Lisbon, North Liberty, Oxford, Solon, Ely, Swisher, Shueyville, Springville, Tiffin, Bertram, and far
western Iowa City.

Dvorsky graduated from Iowa City’s University High School and earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s
degrees in Public Administration from the University of Iowa. In addition to his work in the Iowa Legislature,
Dvorsky is employed as a job developer with the 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.

Dvorsky has been an active member of his community and has served on the board of the Iowa City Area
Development Group, Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Johnson County Council of
Governments and the Johnson County Democratic Central Committee. He is a member of the Iowa Correc-
tions Association, the American Corrections Association, the American Parole and Probation Association, the
Johnson County Historical Society, and Friends of the Coralville Public Library.

Dvorsky and his wife, Sue, have two daughters, Ann and Caroline.

Dvorsky is the Democratic Senate President Pro-Tempore and is the Co-Chair of the Senate Appropriations
Committee. He also serves on the Senate Education, Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committees, and on
the Administration and Regulation Budget Subcommittee.
  Incumbent Race
Served four terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect Robert E.
 Dvorsky
412 6th St
Coralville, IA 52241

Commitee ID # 290


      The District
District includes:
Portions of Johnson County and
Linn County

Harkin ‘02:    60.3%
Vilsack ‘02:   59.8%
Kerry ‘04:     54.6%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                   101 Stoney Point Rd. SW
Senate District 17                                                                  Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Wally Horn                                                                            Home: 319-369-3131
                                                                                       wehorn@uswest.net



Wally Horn was re-elected to his seventh term in the Iowa Senate in 2002 and is currently “Dean of the
Legislature” as Iowa’s longest-serving legislator. Prior to his election to the Iowa Senate, Horn served five
terms in the Iowa House. He represents District 17, which includes the city of Cedar Rapids.

Horn is a graduate of Bloomfield High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees from
Truman State University. He completed graduate work at the University of Iowa and Texas A&M.

Horn is an active member of the community with memberships in the VFW and American Legion, and serves
on several national boards including the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures,
the Council of State Governments Midwest Legislative Council, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign
Committee.

Before his service in the legislature, Horn taught high school, coached and served as an information and job
training facilitator in the Cedar Rapids schools for 30 years. He has also taught and coached in the Washington
and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock districts.

Horn and his wife, Phyllis, have two children and six grandchildren.

Horn serves as the Co-Chair for the Senate State Government Committee and the Education Budget Subcom-
mittee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Business and Labor, and Judiciary Committees.
  Incumbent Race
Served seven terms.


      Committee
Re-Election of Wally Horn
101 Stoney Point Rd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Commitee ID # 57


      The District
District includes:
City of Cedar Rapids

Harkin ‘02:    66.6%
Vilsack ‘02:   65.6%
Kerry ‘04:     58.9%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      2750 Otis Road SE
                                                                                 Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Senate District 19                                                                 Home: 319-247-0223
Rob Hogg                                                                          robhogg@earthlink.net
                                                                                      www.robhogg.org


Rob Hogg has served two terms in the Iowa House. He currently represents House District 38, the southern
half of this Senate seat. Senate District 19 includes most of southeast and northeast Cedar Rapids.

In addition to serving in the Legislature, Hogg is an attorney with Elderkin & Pirnie, P.L.C., in Cedar Rapids.
He and his wife, Kate, have three children. He is an active member of Christ Episcopal Church and the Indian
Creek Nature Center and a classroom volunteer at Erskine Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.

Hogg is originally from Iowa City. He attended the University of Iowa with a degree in history in 1988. He
earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

In his first term, Rob served on the Public Safety and Evironmental Protection committees. Hogg currently
serves on the House Education committee and also sits on the House Ways and Means committee and Eco-
nomic Development Budget subcommittee.
  Open Seat Race


      Committee
Citizens for Rob Hogg
2750 Otis Road SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Commitee ID # 1347


      The District
District includes:
City of Cedar Rapids

Harkin ‘02:    54.2%
Vilsack ‘02:   54.6%
Kerry ‘04:     49.9%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                    5239 E. 156th St. So.
Senate District 21                                                                    Grinnell, IA 50112
Dennis Black                                                                        Home: 515-975-8608
                                                                                dblack@black4senate.com



Dennis Black was elected to his third term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election to the Senate,
Black served six terms in the Iowa House. Black represents District 21, which includes parts of Jasper and
Polk counties.

Black specializes in natural resource management, and has spent his professional life in several related
capacities including work as a natural resource analyst and consultant, as the Director of the Jasper County
Conservation Board from 1970 – 2005, retiring as the longest serving Director in the history of County
Conservation Boards. Black has also authored two books on Iowa’s Medal of Honor recipients and is
currently authoring one from a Civil War soldiers march with General Sherman through Georgia to the “sea.”

An active member of the community, Black has served on the Newton School Board, the Jasper County Soil
and Water Commission, the Des Moines River Greenbelt Commission, the Jasper Community Foundation, the
Terrace Hill Commission and the Iowa Capitol Planning Commission, and chaired the Jasper County
Economic Development Commission.

Black earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Management and his Master of Science degree in
Natural Resource Economics from Utah State University.

Dennis and his wife, Faun, have three children and three grandchildren.

Black serves as Co-Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, on the Senate
Agriculture, Appropriations, and State Government Committees, and on the Natural Resources and
Environment Budget Subcommittee.
  Incumbent Race
Served three terms


      Committee
Dennis Black for State
 Senate
5239 E. 156th St. So.
Grinnell, IA 50112

Commitee ID # 7


      The District
District includes:
Portions of Jasper County and
 Polk County

Harkin ‘02:    58.7%
Vilsack ‘02:   59.0%
Kerry ‘04:     49.9%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      1002 Jarrett Circle
Senate District 23                                                                      Ames, IA 50014
Herman Quirmbach                                                                    Home: 515-292-8984
                                                                                     hcqbach@isunet.net


Herman Quirmbach was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election he served
seven years on the Ames City Council and as the Mayor Pro Tem in 2002. He represents District 23 which
includes the cities of Ames, Gilbert, Luther, Madrid, Napier, and part of Sheldahl.

Quirmbach earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and his Master’s Degree and
Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. In addition to his service in the legislature, Quirmbach is an
Associate Professor of Economics at Iowa State University.

Quirmbach is an active member of the community and is currently or has been involved with the Kiwanis Club,
the Ames Chamber of Commerce, the Ames Patriotic Council, the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, the Story
County Tobacco Task Force, the Story County REAP Committee, the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau
Board, the Madrid Action Committee and Visitors Bureau Board, the Ames Utility Retirement Board, and the
Story County Democratic Party. He is currently co-chairing the Ames Veterans Memorial Committee.

Quirmbach serves as Co-Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, on the Senate Education, Human
Resources, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees and on the Senate Education Budget Subcommittee.
He also represents the Senate on the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and on the Iowa Tobacco Use
Prevention and Control Commission.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term.


      Committee
Quirmbach for Senate
1002 Jarrett Circle
Ames, IA 50014

Commitee ID # 1356


      The District
District includes:
Portions of Story County and
Boone County

Harkin ‘02:    61.4%
Vilsack ‘02:   61.8%
Kerry ‘04:     55.0%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           1928 N. 22nd St.
Senate District 25                                                                    Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Daryl Beall                                                                           Home: 515-573-7889
                                                                                     daryl.beall@mchsi.com


Daryl Beall was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2002. He represents District 25, which includes all of Calhoun
and Greene counties, and most of Webster County including the city of Fort Dodge.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Daryl held a number of positions in a variety of professions. During his
career, he has taught political science at Urbandale High School, managed the family furniture business in Ft.
Dodge, written as a columnist for several newspapers and served as the marketing director for the Fort
Dodge Messenger.

Born in Ft. Dodge and raised in the Calhoun County town of Somers, Beall earned his Associate of Arts
degree at Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at
Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, and his Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Drake University in
Des Moines.

An active member of the Ft. Dodge community, Daryl has served as the president of the Downtown Retailers
Association and the Interfaith Forum, has been a member of the Ft. Dodge Kiwanis, Izaak Walton League
and Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Child Abuse Council, Arts Council, Partners in Tourism,
Ft. Dodge School Board, Ft. Dodge Economic Development Board, Habitat for Humanity, Disabilities Alli-
ance, and the Diversity Team.

Daryl and his wife Jo Ann have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Beall is serving on the Senate Commerce, Economic Growth, Education, and Transportation Committees and
on the Transportation Budget Subcommittee. Daryl also co-chairs both the Veterans Affairs Caucus and the
International Relations Committee.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term


      Committee
People for Beall
1928 N. 22nd St.
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Commitee ID # 1361


      The District
District includes:
Greene County, Calhoun County
and portions of Webster County

Harkin ‘02:    56.4%
Vilsack ‘02:   51.7%
Kerry ‘04:     48.8%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      5016 Pleasant St.
Senate District 31                                                                Des Moines, IA 50312
Matt McCoy                                                                        Home: 515-245-2959
                                                                               matt@mccoyforsenate.net


Matt McCoy was re-elected to his second term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election, he served
two terms in the Iowa House. He represents District 31 which includes the city of Des Moines.

McCoy graduated from West Des Moines Dowling High School and earned his B.A. from Briar Cliff College.
In addition to his work in the legislature, McCoy serves as the Vice President for the Downtown Community
Alliance.

McCoy is an active member of the community and has served on the boards of the Central Iowa YMCA and
the Iowa Council for International Understanding. He served on the Polk County Conservation Board for five
years, and has been active in the Boy Scout organization throughout his life where he holds the rank of Eagle
Scout.

Matt has one son, Jack.

McCoy serves as the Co-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and on the Senate Commerce,
Local Government, Ways and Means Committees, and on the Senate Administration and Regulations Budget
Subcommittee.
  Incumbent Race
Served two terms.


       Committee
Committee to Elect Matt
 McCoy
5016 Pleasant St.
Des Moines, IA 50312

Commitee ID # 703


      The District
District includes:
Southern portion of the city of
Des Moines

Harkin ‘02:     65.0%
Vilsack ‘02:    65.4%
Kerry ‘04:      57.2%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                  Notes:
                                                                                      1623 Woodland Ave.
                                                                                    Des Moines, IA 50309
Senate District 33                                                                   Home: 515-244-2941
Jack Hatch                                                                          hatchjack@mchsi.com
                                                                                       www.jackhatch.com

Jack Hatch is serving his first term in the Iowa Senate after winning election in November 2002. He repre-
sents central Des Moines.
Jack is Co-Chair of the Economic Growth Standing Committee and is Co-Chair of the Health and
Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. He also sits on the Human Resources, State Government,
Appropriations Committees.

Hatch has received several awards for his work in championing children’s issues. In 2005, Orchard Place, a
statewide child and family counseling agency, and the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa both
awarded Jack the Outstanding Legislator Award for his work on sheparding child welfare initiatives. For his
involvement in health care, the Iowa/ Nebraska Primary Care Association recognized Jack as the Underserved
Champion of the Year in 2005. For his work with the assisted living industry, Hatch also received the
Outstanding Service Award from the Iowa Health Care Association in 2005.

In 2001, Hatch received the ‘Community Spirit Award’ from the Business Record publication. In 2003, he
was awarded the Friends of Youth Award from the Youth Homes of Mid America, and in 2003 and 2005, the
Protector of Children Award from Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa for his work on the
protection of the child welfare budget cuts.

Jack served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. In 1993, he accepted the position of
State Director with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. He returned to the Iowa House after winning election in
November 2000.

Jack is president and founder of the Hatch Development Group, a real estate development firm. His firm has
developed two downtown affordable housing communities, the 56 unit apartment community called the
Woodland Avenue Brickstone and the 115 unit East Village Square Apartments. He is presently developing
condominiums in two downtown neighborhoods of Des Moines.

Jack graduated from Drake University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 1973, with a Master’s in
Public Administration. Jack, his wife, Sonja Roberts, and two daughters, Regan, 25, and Caslon, 16, live in the
historic Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines’ inner city.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term.


      Committee
Neighbors for Hatch
1623 Woodland Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Commitee ID # 1304


      The District
District includes:
City of Des Moines

Harkin ‘02:    73.3%
Vilsack ‘02:   72.8%
Kerry ‘04:     65.4%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       216 SW Logan St.
Senate District 35                                                               Ankeny, IA 50023-3017
Merle Johnson                                                                      Home: 515-964-3260
                                                                           citizensforjohnson@msn.com


Merle Johnson recently retired after serving eight years as mayor of Ankeny. Previously Merle served for 14
years on the Ankeny Plan and Zoning Commission and for 5 years on the Ankeny School Board.

Merle is running in Senate District 35 which covers the northern portion of Polk County.

Merle and his wife Susan have lived in Ankeny for over 60 years. They have two sons, one daughter and four
grandchildren. Merle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Simpson College in Indianola
and has owned and operated Ankeny Tire and Battery for 43 years.

He is an active member of the community and has been involved with the following activities serving as mem-
ber of the Board of Directors for the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, member of the
Metropolitan Advisory Council for Polk County local government, member of the Des Moines Area Metro-
politan Planning Organization, member of the Board of Directors for Metro Transit Authority, member of
Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce. Merle was also a member of the Ankeny Board of Adjustment. Merle
volunteered for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program where he was named as Big Brother of the Year in
1991. He was also named as a Friend of Community Education in 1998 after implementing the Youth in
Government program with the Ankeny High School. In 2005, Merle was voted as the Best City Official from
the Ankeny Press Citizen.

In 2004, Merle was awarded the Civic Friend of Hospitality Award by the Greater Des Moines Convention
ans Visitors Bureau.
  Open Seat Race


      Committee
Citizens for Johnson
216 SW Logan St.
Ankeny, IA 50023-3017

Commitee ID # 1628


      The District
District includes:
Northern Polk County

Harkin ‘02:    48.6%
Vilsack ‘02:   49.2%
Kerry ‘04:     37.6%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                        10901 180th Ave
                                                                                     Ackworth, IA 50001
Senate District 37                                                                  Home: 515-961-6982
Staci Appel                                                                     staci@appelforsenate.com
                                                                                 www.appelforsenate.com


Staci Appel is from rural Ackworth, she is a full-time mother, community volunteer and former financial con-
sultant. Appel is married to Brent Appel, a practicing attorney in Des Moines. They have four children:
Theodore, Jacob, Isaac, and Olivia.

Staci is running to represent Senate District 37 which consists of Madison County, Warren County and a
portion of Dallas County.

Prior to taking time off work to concentrate on raising her children and working with various community and
charitable organizations, Appel was a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and USB Paine Webber.

Appel is a native Iowan. She has been active in school, church and community activities, including serving as
past President of the Irving Elementary Parent Teacher Organization in Indianola, member of the United Way
Women’s Leadership Connection, member of the Warren County Child Abuse Prevention Council Advisory
Board, and Sunday School Teacher at First United Methodist Church in Indianola.
  Open Seat Race


      Committee
Appel for Senate
10901 180th Ave.
Ackworth, IA 50001

Commitee ID # 1603


      The District
District includes:
Warren County, Madison
County and small portion of
south western Dallas County

Harkin ‘02:    55.8%
Vilsack ‘02:   55.0%
Kerry ‘04:     43.0%



Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           728 2nd Ave.
                                                                                     Iowa City, IA 52245
Senate District 39                                                                 Home: 319-337-6280
Joe Bolkcom                                                                         joe@joebolkcom.org
                                                                                   www.joe.bolkcom.org


Joe Bolkcom was elected to his second term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. He represents District 39, which
includes most of Iowa City. Prior to his service in the Senate, Bolkcom served six years on the Johnson
County Board of Supervisors.

Bolkcom is a passionate community activist and prior to his service with the Board of Supervisors founded and
directed two senior citizen advocacy coalitions which fought to lower the cost of senior health care in both
Iowa and Illinois. He is active in state and local environmental protection efforts.

Bolkcom earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University and his Master’s degree in Public Affairs
from the University of Iowa.

Bolkcom is currently an Assistant Democratic Leader of the Iowa Senate. He serves as the Co-Chair of the
Senate Ways and Means Committee, on the Appropriations, Commerce, Human Services and Natural Re-
sources and Environment Committees, and on the Health and Human Service Budget Subcommittee.
  Incumbent Race
Served two terms


      Committee
Joe Bolkcom for Iowa Senate
728 2nd Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52245

Commitee ID # 1120


      The District
District includes:
City of Iowa City

Harkin ‘02:    72.5%
Vilsack ‘02:   71.9%
Kerry ‘04:     68.1%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
Senate District 43                                                                     4804 Northwest Blvd.
Joe Seng                                                                               Davenport, IA 52806
                                                                                       Home: 319-391-1627


Joe Seng was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election, he served one term in
the Iowa House. He represents District 43 which includes the city of Davenport in Scott County.

Seng is a graduate of Lost Nation Community High School and earned his Bachelor of Scienceand Vetrinary
Medicine degrees from the Iowa State University. He is a practicing veterinarian in Davenport.

Seng is an active member of the community. He is involved with the Knights of Columbus, the NAACP, the
Terrace Hill Board and is President of Marquette Academy. He has recieved several awards for community
service, including the Past President’s Award from the Iowa Veterinary Medicine Association and the Golden
Apple Award from the Marquette Academy.

Joe has one daughter and one grandson.

Seng serves as the Co-Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee, and also
sits on the Senate Appropriations, Business and Labor, Natural Resources and Environment, and Ways and
Means Committees.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term


      Committee
Committee to Elect Joe Seng
4804 Northwest Blvd.
Davenport, IA 52806

Commitee ID # 1282


      The District
District includes:
City of Davenport

Harkin ‘02:    65.9%
Vilsack ‘02:   62.9%
Kerry ‘04:     55.5%




Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      404 W. Washington
Senate District 45                                                                    Fairfield, IA 52556
Becky Schmitz                                                                      Home: 641-472-2341
                                                                            schmitzforsenate@gmail.com


Becky Schmitz has been a resident of Fairfield for 27 years. She is a small business owner and retired school
social worker. She is a candidate for the Iowa State Senate in District 45. Senate District 45 covers all of
Jefferson, Washington and Van Buren counties, and portions of Wapello and Johnson counties.

Becky retired in May from a 33-year social work career including 27 years with the Southern Prairie Area
Education Agency, where she served as a school social worker with school districts in Jefferson, Wapello and
Van Buren counties. She has also been an active partner in her husband’s lawn care business and recently
launched her own educational consulting and counseling firm.

Becky has been active in school and community activities, including serving as past President of the Iowa
School Social Workers Association; past President of the Southern Prairie Education Association; member of
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; treasurer of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance; and Girl Scout Troop Leader for
8 years. Becky also worked as an adjunct professor for Indian Hills Community College for 12 years.

Becky is married to Ron Schmitz, the owner and operator of both a professional photography and a lawn care
business in Fairfield. They have two children: Curtis, who operates his own sales business in Dubuque; and
Cassie, who works as a web developer for Iowa Interactive in Des Moines.
   Challenge Race
David Miller


      Committee
Schmitz for Senate
404 W. Washington
Fairfield, IA 52556

Commitee ID # 1606


      The District
District includes:
Jefferson, Van Buren and Wash-
ington Counties, portions of
Johnson and Wapello Counties

Harkin ‘02:    53.9%
Vilsack ‘02:   49.9%
Kerry ‘04:     44.7%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
                                                                                          406 Parkview Dr.
Senate District 47                                                                   Bloomfield, IA 52537
Keith Kreiman                                                                         Home: 641-664-281
                                                                                       lionhart@netins.net


Keith Kreiman was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate in 2002. Prior to his election, he served five
terms in the Iowa House. He represents District 47, which includes the cities of Ottumwa, Bloomfield,
Blakesburg, Chillicothe, Drakesville, Floris, Centerville, Moravia, Moulton, Corydon, Humeston and Allerton.

Kreiman graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School and earned his Associate’s Degree from Ellsworth
Community College. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Seattle University and his Law Degree from the
University of Iowa. In addition to his service in the legislature, Kreiman practices civil and criminal law in
Centerville.

Kreiman is an active member of the community, serving on the Davis County Fine Arts Council board, as the
parent of a Rotary foreign exchange student, and as a Sunday school teacher.

Keith and his wife, Rose Ann, have three children.

Kreiman serves as the Co-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and on the Senate
Education, Human Resources and Local Government Committees, and on the Senate Justice Systems Budget
Subcommittee.
  Incumbent Race
Served one term.


      Committee
Keith A. Kreiman for Senate
406 Parkview Dr.
Bloomfield, IA 52537

Commitee ID # 778


      The District
District includes:
Wayne County, Davis County,
Appanoose County and a
portion of Wapello County

Harkin ‘02:    60.2%
Vilsack ‘02:   58.0%
Kerry ‘04:     47.9%


Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all abstentee ballots


                                 Notes:
          2006 House Ballot
                            By the Numbers
                  Current Balance: 49-51
                  100 Seats up for election
                  47 Democratic Incumbents
                  2 Open Democratic Seats
                  5 Open Republican Seats
                  32 Strong Challengers to GOP Incumbents



        Fast Facts on 2006 House Ballot
Seats Filled
þ 28 House Democrats are unopposed
þ 16 House Republicans are unopposed.
  Note: Kerry Incumbents
Returning numbers do not
     The absentee Democrats have 47 returning incumbents.
þ reflect allHouse ballots.
þ The House Republicans have 46 returning incumbents.
Democratic Open Seats           Notes:
þ One of the Democratic open seats (Fallon) has no Republican
   running. The other Democratic open seat (Hogg) has a candidate
   who raised $30,000 in 2005 who is running against someone who
   has lost twice in the same district.
Republican Open Seats
þ There are five Republican open seats. Two seats (Jenkins and Elgin)
    are in very competitive urban areas, where Democrats have a record
    of success. The other seats have very tough, credible candidates.

        2 seats needed for a Democratic Majority
2006 House Candidates
                                                                                             2108 Roosevelt
                                                                                        Sioux City, IA 51109
House District 01                                                                             712-233-1408

Wes Whitead                                                                           whitead@cableone.net
                                                                                      www.weswhitead.com


Wes Whitead is currently serving his 5th term in the Iowa House. He serves on Local Government, Natural
Resources, State Government, Government Oversight, and Veterans committees.
Wes Whitead was born April 15, 1933 in rural Plymouth County, Iowa. The son of Marion and Marguerite
Whitead, Wes grew up on a small farm just north of Sioux City. He attended a one-room rural school through
the sixth grade, then attended Sioux City public schools.
He entered the military in 1953, serving in an engineer aviation battalion in Korea. Wes and his unit built
airfields for American fighters and bombers, including the first concrete airfield in South Korea
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1955, Wes returned to Sioux City to work in the stockyards. He
joined the stockhandlers union and became its chief steward, securing the first pension benefits for stockyard
workers. After nine years, he went to work as a mechanic for a Caterpillar dealer, Missouri Valley Machinery,
where he was elected to a leadership position in the Operating Engineers local union. Wes opened his own
machinery repair business, Tri-State Track Co., in 1983 and operated it until 1997.
Wes and his wife, Donna, have been married for 30 years. They have four children – Pamela, Peg, Wesley and
Jodi – all graduates of Sioux City public schools. They have five grandsons.
Wes has a long history of community involvement. Wes’ oldest child, Pamela, has Downs Syndrome, and Wes
helped start the Woodbury County Association for Retarded Citizens and served as one of its first presidents.
When the city was building Little League fields everywhere but Wes’ side of town, Wes and other volunteers
solicited private donations and built a four-diamond baseball complex for neighborhood boys and girls. One of
the fields is named in Wes’ honor.
As a member of the Sioux City Planning and Zoning Commission, Wes worked with federal authorities to start
flood control improvements along Perry Creek.
Wes is also a member of the Riverside PAC, which has helped rehabilitate housing and improve streets and
sewer services on Sioux City’s west side, and served for twenty years on the Siouxland Metropolitan Planning
Council (SIMPCO).
      Incumbent
Served five terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect
Wes Whitead
2108 Roosevelt Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51109

Commitee ID # 1444


      The District
District includes: Sioux City

Harkin ‘02: 57.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 55.4%
Kerry ‘04:   48.9%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                        2313 Seneca Way
                                                                                     Siouix City, IA 51104
House District 02                                                                           712-239-0802

Roger Wendt                                                                         wendtr@cableone.com



Roger Wendt is currently completing his 2nd term in the Iowa House. He is the Ranking Member of the Educa-
tion Committee and also serves on Human Resources, State Government, Veterans Committees, and Justice
Systems Appropriations Subcommittee.
Roger Wendt was born December 31, 1933. He is the son of Arnold and Elsie Wendt of Staplehurst, Nebraska,
where Roger was born and raised. Roger moved to Sioux City in 1958.
Upon graduation from high school in Seward, Nebraska in 1951, Roger attended Wayne State College. Two
years, later, from 1953-1955, Roger took time off from school to serve in the U.S. Army. Then, Roger returned
to Wayne State College to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education. Roger went on to earn a master of arts as
well as a doctoral degree in education from the University of South Dakota.
Since college, Roger has dedicated his career to achieving excellence in education. He began his long career in
education teaching psychology, biology, driver’s education, and health at Central High School in Sioux City
from 1958-1966. He then supervised student teachers at the University of South Dakota from 1966-1967.
Next, he taught classes at Morningside College in Sioux City from 1969-1970. From teaching, Roger pro-
ceeded to school administration, serving as a night school principal from 1963-1966,a summer school principal
from 1967-1975, a 10th grade principal from 1967-1972, an assistant principal from 1972-1975. Roger then
became the Director of Secondary Education in the Sioux City Community School District from 1975-1977.
From 1977-1990, Roger served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District.
After serving as the Principal of Hoover Middle School in Sioux City from 1990-2002, Roger retired from his
career in Education, completing his 44 years of service in the Sioux City Community School District.
Roger and his wife Anita have been happily married for forty-seven years. Sharing Roger’s passion for creating
a strong educational system, Anita has taught at the elementary level and at Western Iowa Tech Community
College.
Over the years, Roger has been very active in a variety of community organizations including United Way, Faith
Lutheran Church, and the Boys and Girls Home. He is an active volunteer for Meals On Wheels. He also
belongs to several professional organizations including the National Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa,
the American Association of School Administrators, the Iowa Association of School Administrators, and the
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In his spare time, Roger enjoys spending time with
his friends and family and is an avid hunter and fisherman.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect Roger
Wendt State Representative
2313 Seneca Way
Sioux City, IA 51104

Committee ID # 1369

      The District
District includes: Sioux City

Harkin ‘02: 58.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 56.3%
Kerry ‘04:   49.0%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                          221 East 1st St. #1
                                                                                           Spencer, IA 51301
House District 06                                                                       horologist@gmail.com

Charles James
Charles James, of Spencer, is a horologist with Nelson Jewelers, a position he has been proud to fill for the past
several years. A profile of his many customers, friends, and acquaintances could serve as an accurate portrait of
our local constituency.

Although he has worked in other fields, Mr. James has been deeply immersed in the art and science of horology
all of his adult life. He was employed in that capacity by a respected old firm while still in high school, and
proprietor of his own business repairing all types of timepieces before coming to Spencer to work for Nelson
Jewelers. Running a business taught him many valuable lessons concerning finance, personal relations, and all
things associated with small businesses.

Charles was born in Mankato, Minnesota and raised in Spirit Lake. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School
after attending Spirit Lake Elementary School and L.R. Holmes Junior High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. While
in eighth grade he secured a summer apprenticeship with one of the most respected clockmakers in Eastern
Iowa. He later attended Gem City School of Watchmaking in Quincy Illinois, and Iowa Lakes Community
College, in Emmetsburg.

Charles loves all sorts of history and folklore, and is a member of the Palo Alto County Historical Society,
where he has been secretary for the past several terms. He has devoted much time to music, and has played
piano and guitar as well as sung at various venues, including churches, nursing homes, art galleries, and civic
occasions.

His father, William, and stepmother, Janyce, long-time residents of the Lakes area, are both retired, and keep
busy with many projects. His mother Barbara works closely with mentally challenged adults, and makes her
home in New Ulm, Minnesota. He has two brothers: David, who is a long-time employee at a large department
store, and Patrick, who is a network administrator at Waterloo West High School. Both are residents of Cedar
Falls Iowa. He also has a sister, Keli, who resides in the Sheldon area, and works in that town.

Charles is gifted with a family with a long history of political and social awareness, and talk of current events
has always been commonplace at their table. They have all dedicated much effort to worthy causes. True to
their Midwestern heritage, they are no strangers to lending a helping hand.

Charles attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford, and also devotes time to volunteer activities with his
church.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Mike May


      Committee
Charles James for House
221 East 1st St. #1
Spencer, IA 51301




      The District
District includes: Spencer,
Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Milford,
Lake Park, Terril, Arnolds
Park, Dickens

Harkin ‘02: 51.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 49.9%
Kerry ‘04:   42.2%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           3655 450th Ave.
                                                                                               PO Box 324
House District 07                                                                     Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Marcie Frevert                                                                               712-852-4950
                                                                                       mfrevert@mchsi.com


Marcie Frevert is serving her 5th term in the Iowa House. She serves on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and
Ways and Means committees, and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. She is also a member of the
Administrative Rules Review Committee.
Marcie was born October 26, 1937, in Palo Alto County. She is the daughter of Rose Reeves and the late
Kermit Reeves.
Marcie received an AA degree from Emmetsburg Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Education
from Mankato State University, and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of North-
ern Iowa. She earned reading specialist certification at the University of Iowa.
Marcie and her husband, Dr. William Frevert, live in Emmetsburg and are the parents of four children: Jody,
Anne, Kristen, and Kortney. They have twelve grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Bill is a veterinarian.
Prior to her service in the legislature, Marcie was an elementary teacher in the Emmetsburg school system. In
1994, she was recognized as the Iowa Reading Teacher of the year. In 1999, she was selected the Iowa Lakes
Community College Outstanding Alumnus.
Marcie has served twelve years as a Palo Alto County Soil Commissioner and in 1993 was recognized as Iowa
Region II Outstanding District Commissioner.
Marcie is a member of the United Methodist Church as well as a member of numerous other groups including
the Iowa Soybean and Corn Growers Association, Iowa Pork Producers, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Pheas-
ants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and the Farmers Union, which has honored her as a Friend of Family Farms.
She also belongs to the Emmetsburg, Estherville, and Algona Chambers of Commerce, the Iowa and Interna-
tional Reading Associations, the Emmetsburg and Iowa State Education Associations (retired), and the Palo
Alto and Iowa Federated Women’s Club.
She feels strongly about the preservation of Iowa’s rural lifestyle and is involved with the Multi-State
Legislative group in its fight for the survival of the independent family farm.
      Incumbent
Served five terms


      Committee
Frevert for the House
P.O. Box 324
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Commitee ID # 1017


     The District
District includes:
Emmetsburg, Estherville,
Brancroft, Swea City, West
Bend, Graettinger

Harkin ‘02: 56.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.7%
Kerry ‘04:   46.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                              607 110th St.
                                                                                         Ottosen, IA 50570
House District 08                                                                            515-887-2952

Delores Mertz
Dolores Mertz is serving her 9th term in the Iowa House. She is Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee
and also serves on Appropriations and Transportations committees, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources
Appropriations Subcommittee.
Dolores Mertz was born May 30, 1928, one of three children of John and Gertrude Shay. She grew up in
Bancroft, Iowa, where her father was a grain elevator foreman.
Dolores enjoyed public speaking and even wrote a three-act play which was performed at her high school. She
graduated from St. John’s High School in Bancroft in 1946 and enrolled at Briar Cliff College. She earned an
A.A. degree in elementary education in 1948.
She was working in West Bend as a bank teller when in 1951 she married H.P. Mertz, a local farmer. Dolores
and Pete had seven children – Peter, Mary, David, Ann Marie, Helen Kay, Janice and Carol – and there are now
eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pete served as a Kossuth County supervisor until his death in 1983. Dolores was appointed to take his place
and was then elected to the board in 1984. She served for five years, learning about local government and
working to improve local human services. In 1988, she was elected to the Iowa House and has served for nine
terms. She is the senior Democrat on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee with
responsibilities for funding conservation and farm programs in the state.
Dolores was recently elected to the Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a national organiza-
tion of state legislators and government officials. For the past seven years, she has served as the chair of
ALEC’s Health & Human Services Task Force. She is presently serving as 1 st Vice Chairman and will be
National Chair of AIEC in 2007. She is also National Director of Women in Government, a national organiza-
tion of women legislators. She was recently named legislator of the year by Agri Business Industry of Iowa.
Dolores has been active at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in West Bend. She was a member of the National Legisla-
tive Board of the Catholic Daughters and served three years as head of the state Catholic Daughters, an organi-
zation of 12,000 Catholic women dedicated to charitable work. She was also president of the Council of Catho-
lic Women for the Sioux City Diocese.
She serves on several state boards, including the Farmers Advisory Council with the Department of Natural
Resources and the FFA Educational Advisory Council. Locally, she is a member of the Algona Soroptimist
Club, the Humboldt Business and Professional Women, and the West Bend Drama Club, which she worked with
to raise money to build a new local swimming pool.
      Incumbent
Served nine terms


      Committee
Mertz for Representative
607 110th St.
Ottosen, IA 50570

Commitee ID # 527


     The District
District includes: Algona,
Humboldt, Clare, Pocahontas,
Gilmore City, Palmer

Harkin ‘02: 54.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.8%
Kerry ‘04:   42.5%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                  923 1st Street
                                                                                          Webster City, IA 50595
House District 09                                                                          mcbailey4@juno.com

McKinley Bailey
McKinley Bailey is a veteran of five years of service in the United States Army. While McKinley was a paratrooper
with the elite 82nd Airborne Division he led his Tactical Signals Intelligence Intercept Team on more than 120
combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
McKinley was born on November 12th, 1980 the third of four sons belonging to Doug and Nancy Bailey. He was
raised in Webster City where his father worked as a travel agent and insurance salesman and currently serves as a
county supervisor. His mother has been a teacher at Webster City Middle School since 1995 and was previously a
teaching assistant.
McKinley attended High School for one year in Arequipa, Peru where he was a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student.
He graduated from Webster City High School in 1999. In 2004 he received an A.A. from Methodist College in
Fayetteville, NC, which he attended at night between deployments. He will receive a B.A. in International Studies
with a concentration in International Business from the University of Iowa in May of 2006. During the summer of
2005 he served as a marketing intern with Bentonisa S.A. in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
From 1999 until his honorable discharge in 2004 McKinley served in the United States Army where he was pro-
moted to the rank of Sergeant at the age of 20. While a member of the 82nd Airborne Division McKinley served in
Joint Operations with the Colombian Military, Iraqi Civil Defense Forces and Police and Afghan, Italian, and
Romanian Armies. McKinley was decorated twice for meritorious service in a combat zone.
McKinley’s parents have been active in Democratic politics since the early 70’s. His father has served as county
chair, district and state central committee member. His father was instrumental in the founding of All Cultures
Equal, Inc. to work with refugees and immigrants in Webster City and is also a long time member of Rotary Interna-
tional. His mother has also been politically involved at the county and district level. She has been a volunteer with
Special Olympics, Exceptional Persons Camp, and as a tutor to minority children at All Cultures Equal. She also
tutors one night a week at the Asbury Learning Center. Governor Tom Vilsack honored her at a special ceremony
held for those involved in after-school programs in 2004. Both Doug and Nancy are active members of Asbury
United Methodist Church in Webster City.
In middle school and high school McKinley was a volunteer with Special Olympics and Exceptional Persons Camp
at Camp Wesley Woods in Indianola. As a Rotary Exchange Student he organized an effort that successfully deliv-
ered a mammogram machine along with thousands of dollars worth of additional medical equipment to the poorly
equipped public hospital in Puno, Peru. He has been active in Webster City Community Theatre productions and is a
member of Faith United Methodist Church also in Webster City.
Recently McKinley founded and will serve until May as President of the University of Iowa Veterans Association.
The association is a non-partisan organization dedicated to helping returning veterans adjust to university life and to
supporting all those who still serve. He also works as a veteran’s advisor in the University of Iowa Veterans Center,
an entity that the university created, in part, as a result of lobbying by the newly formed Veterans Association.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: George Eichhorn


      Committee
Bailey for State House
923 1st St.
Webster City, IA 50595

Commitee ID # 1665


      The District
District includes: Webster
City, Eagle Grove, Clarion,
Stratford, Stanford, Blairsburg

Harkin ‘02: 54.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.5%
Kerry ‘04:   46.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                  Notes:
                                                                                    63855 250th Street
                                                                                      Nevada, IA 50201
House District 10                                                                        515-450-9548

Susan Radke                                                                      voteradke@yahoo.com




Susan Radke resides in Nevada with her husband Dr. Jerry Radke. Susan has lived in Nevada since
1972. She and her husband are members of the Memorial Lutheran Church, where Susan has taught
Sunday School. She is also a past president of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and a
member of the Aid Association of Lutherans.
Susan is a past president of the Nevada Lions Club, and Lions Volunteer of the Year in 2003. She has
served as president of the Nevada Community Historical Society.

Susan has been a social worker. She currently works as a secretary at the Naval Science Department at
Iowa State University. Susan graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Social Work and is
currently working on her Masters Degree at Iowa State University in Industrial Relations.

Susan was born and raised in Forest City, where her parents, Ray and Violet Charlson, continue to live and
operate a Century Family Farm.

Susan has three grown children: Emily, 27, currently working on her masters at the University of Iowa,
Christina, 25, registered nurse, resides with her husband and son in Ames, and Frank, 23, diagnosed with
schizophrenia at age of 16 and living in a group home in Mason City. She also has three step children,
Greg, 40, international attorney, resides with his wife and two kids in New Jersey, Earl, 37, lives in Fort
Dodge, and Katrina, 35, who competed in the 1988 Olympics, Seoul, Korea, resides with husband and
daughter in Minnesota.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Jim Kurtenbach


      Committee
Vote Radke
63855 250th Street
Nevada, IA 50201

Commitee ID # 1640


      The District
District includes: Nevada,
Jewell, Story City, Huxley,
Slater, Ellsworth, Roland

Harkin ‘02: 53.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.8%
Kerry ‘04:   46.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                               3424 Dogwood Avenue
                                                                                     Fertile, IA 50434
House District 11                                                                      641-797-2221

Ann Fairchild                                                                      ajser@wctatel.net




Ann Fairchild of Fertile is a production assembler at Fleetguard in Lake Mills. She is also a community
leader; people often approach her to speak up on their behalf.

In her thirteen years at Fleetguard Ann has held many different positions: set-up operator, fork truck
operator, and assembly line floater. She has been a part of many teams, one of which saved the com-
pany $105,000 on a cost saving idea. Ann has also worked for Winnebago Industries and RV Trans-
port.

Ann was born in Decorah and raised in Calmar. She graduated from South Winneshiek High School
after attending St. Aloysius Catholic School through 8th grade. James, her father, an Army Veteran and a
Commander in the American Legion, worked for Reilly Construction driving trucks and working on
road construction for over 20 years. Veronica, her mother, was a waitress and bartender for over 25
years.

Ann is married to James Fairchild. James was born in Keota. He worked for Winnebago Industries for
almost 20 years until he became disabled in 2002. They have two children, LeAnn Peebels and Brian
Fairchild, both of whom attended Forest City Community Schools. LeAnn lives in Nevada where she
works for Barilla America. She has one son, Alexander. Brian lives in Fertile, where he works for
DeBruce Grain and is a member of the volunteer fire department.

Ann attends Fertile Luthern Chruch, where she has been a Sunday School Teacher. She also has served
on the volunteer fire department and was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Henry Rayhons


      Committee
Ann Fairchild for House-
3424 Dogwood Avenue
Fertile, IA 50434




      The District
District includes: Forest City,
Nothwood, Garner, Britt,
Buffalo Center, Lake Mills,
Joice, Manly, Kensett, Rake,
Scarville

Harkin ‘02: 55.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.5%
Kerry ‘04:   47.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                  Notes:
                                                                                       PO Box 712
                                                                              Mason City, IA 50402
House District 13                                                                   641-424-9362

Alan Steckman                                                               asteckman@yahoo.com



Alan Steckman is a well known 18-year resident of North Iowa. He served the public as the Postmaster
in Mason City for 15 years. Previously, he served as Postal Inspector in Charge of the Des Moines
Division. As a postal inspector for 17 years he investigated postal crimes and conducted internal
audits. He retired from the Postal Service in 2002.

Since then, he has worked as Adjunct Faculty for Buena Vista University and Hamilton and Waldorf
Colleges, teaching diverse subjects including Private Security, Accounting, Economics, Strategic
Management and Computer applications.

Alan has a Masters of Business Administration degree from Drake University and an undergraduate
degree in the same field from the University of Maryland. He also received an Associate of Arts degree
from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Alan’s community involvement has included serving on the executive boards of the American Red
Cross – North Iowa Chapter, Hospice of North Iowa, United Way of North Central Iowa, and the
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation – Des Moines Chapter. He served as President, Legislative Chair, and
Postmaster Representative of the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. – Iowa Chapter, and
Charter and Founding President of the River City Sunrise Rotary Club of Mason City. He is currently
President of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees of North Iowa. He volunteers at the
Community Kitchen, Meals-On-Wheels, and RSVP.

Alan was born in the Bronx, New York but his family moved to Washington, D.C. when he was seven.
In 1970s his postal career took him to New York, Chicago, Cincinnati and Des Moines before he settled
in Mason City.

He is married to Sharon Steckman, a longtime teacher in the Mason City Community School District.
Together they have four children and five grandchildren, Nate 17, Lauren 15, Rachel 13, Sydney 5, and
Gillian 3. Alan and Sharon have been raising their grandchild Rachel for the past 5 years.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Bill Schickel


      Committee
Citizens for Steckman
PO Box 712
Mason City, IA 50402

Commitee ID #1634


     The District
District includes: Mason City

Harkin ‘02: 65.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 64.2%
Kerry ‘04:   54.9%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                               2667 240th St.
                                                                                       Charles City, IA 50616
House District 14                                                                              641-228-2566

Mark Kuhn                                                                                   Kuhn98@fiai.net




Mark Kuhn is serving his 4th term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee
and also serves on Agriculture and Environmental Protection committees.
Mark was born in Charles City on September 10, 1950. His father, Max, was a farmer and his mother, Helen,
was a teacher.
He was raised on his family’s farm south of Charles City and graduated from Charles City High School in 1968.
He attended Iowa State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and his teaching certificate.
After college, he returned home to become the third generation to live and work on the Kuhn family farm. For
the past 31 years, he has shared duties of managing and operating the family’s 770 acre grain farm. For seven-
teen of those years, the Kuhn family maintained a cow/calf operation.
Mark served as a substitute teacher for fifteen years in the Charles City schools. He also taught in Rudd-
Rockford-Marble Rock, Nora Springs-Rock Falls, and Greene schools.
He was elected to the Floyd County Board of Supervisors in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. He also wrote a
column on agriculture for the Charles City Press from 1990-93.
Mark and his wife, Denise, have been married 30 years. Denise is active in 4-H and “Just Friends” programs
and also works as an orthodontist assistant. They have two sons: Mason and Alex.
The Kuhn family belongs to Trinity United Methodist Church. Mark was a member of the Foster Grandparents
Advisory Committee and the Free Our Communities of Unhealthy Substances Council. He has served on the
board of directors of the Mental Health Center of North Iowa, the Second Judicial District Department of
Correctional Services, the Floyd County Agricultural Development Authority, and the Charles City Area
Development Corporation.
He is past chair of the Northern Prairie Regional Economic Development Corporation, Iowa’s Center for
Agricultural Safety and Health Advisory Committee, and Floyd County Water Quality Coordinating Committee.
      Incumbent
Served four terms


      Committee
Citizens for Kuhn
2667 240th St.
Charles City, IA 50616

Commitee ID # 1131


      The District
District includes: Charles
City, Osage, Nora Springs, St.
Ansgar, Riceville

Harkin ‘02: 57.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 57.6%
Kerry ‘04:   52.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                          1011 Sunset
                                                                                 New Hampton, IA 50659
House District 15                                                                        641-394-4550
Brian Quirk
Brian Quirk is serving his 3rd term in the Iowa House. He is the ranking member on the State Government
Committee and also serves on the Commerce, Regulation and Labor Committee, Way and Means, Veterans, and
the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriation Subcommittee.
Brian Quirk was born in New Hampton on July 11, 1968. He is the son of Duane and Margaret Quirk, who have
owned and operated New Hampton Electric since 1970.
Brian attended St. Joseph Catholic School in New Hampton and graduated from New Hampton High School in
1986.
After graduation, Brian entered the Army where he served for 4 ½ years. His tour of duty included six months
in Germany and 18 months in South Korea. Brian’s unit was deployed to Panama when dictator Manuel
Noriega was removed from power and played a major role in Operation Desert Storm against Iraq.
He served in Iraq for four months. Brian received several Army Achievement Medals and army accommodation
for his service.
After returning home, Brian went to work for his family’s business as an electrician. He commuted to Mason
City while earning an Associate Arts degree in pre-engineering at North Iowa Area Community College.
He married Anita Ries of New Hampton in 1994. They have two daughters. Anita is a teacher at New Hampton
elementary school.
Brian is active in his community. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is past commander of
the local American Legion post. He has helped raise money through both organizations to send local students to
the annual Boys State convention and to assist other charitable organizations.
He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and has worked with fellow Lions Club members to build
community needs, local parks, and raise funds for handicapped children.
Brian is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he serves as a lector and has raised money and
donated labor for the construction of the new school addition.
      Incumbent
Served three terms


      Committee
Brian Quirk for State
Representative
415 N. Chestnut Ave.
New Hampton, IA 50659

Commitee ID # 1255


     The District
District includes: New Hamp-
ton, Cresco, Jackson Junction,
Lawler, Nashua, Calmar, Lime
Springs

Harkin ‘02: 59.2%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.6%
Kerry ‘04:   53.3%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                            3469 Locust Road
                                                                                           Decorah, IA 52101
House District 16                                                                              563-382-5406

Tom Hansen
Tom Hansen was born on May 19, 1962, the first of four children, in the village of Lindenhurst on the South
Shore of Long Island, New York. Lindenhurst’s economy, at the time, was chiefly fishing, tomato and potato
farms.

At age ten, the family moved to Winchester Township on the outskirts of Las Vegas. He spent his youth explor-
ing the wooded area around Lindenhurst and taking long hikes through the desert around Las Vegas especially
along the Old Spanish Trail which he passed two miles west of their home.

Tom graduated from Bonanza High School in 1980 and went to work for Circus Circus Motel in the winter of
that year. In 1985 he organized the warehouse where he was working for the Teamster Local 995 and then took
a job as an apprentice engineer with the Operating Engineers Local 501.

Tom met his wife, Jeanett Wendling, on August 23, 1987. She had come to Las Vegas to help her friends, his
neighbors, move back to Decorah.Tom helped them load their truck and stayed up and talked with her all night,
before they left in the morning. He flew back to Decorah on August 27 and asked her to marry him. On Decem-
ber 26, she arrived in Las Vegas at 10:30 am and they were married at 1:30 pm at the local church.

They moved back to Decorah in 1989 to help her parents, Howard and Lucille Wendling, run the farm, which
has been in the family since 1872. He also established Hansen Refrigeration that same year.

Their only child, Addie Rose, was born on September 16, 1992 in Decorah. She current attends North
Winneshiek School where she is on the A Honor Roll and participates in band as well as runs cross country and
track for Decorah.

After the death of Jeanett’s parents, they converted the farm to organic and now raise market beef, corn, and
hay vender. The farms’ name is Rock Cedar Ranch.

He is an avid reader of anything non-fiction, especially subjects dealing with history. He has been active in
trying and succeeding to solve community issues since moving back to Decorah in 1989.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Chuck Gipp


      Committee
The Committe to Elect
Thomas Hansen
3469 Locust Road
Decorah, IA 52101

Commitee ID # 1659


     The District
District includes: Decorah,
Waukon, New Albin, Lansing,
Harpers Ferry, Waterville,
Castalia, Postville

Harkin ‘02: 52.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.2%
Kerry ‘04:   49.9%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                    1922 4th Ave. NW
                                                                                    Waverly, IA 50677
House District 17                                                                      319-290-8653

Alek Wipperman                                                          alek.wipperman@wartburg.edu




Alek Wipperman is a senior at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Born in Waverly in 1984, he was
raised by Gary and Jennifer (Zelle) Wipperman as the second of three sons. Wipperman’s father has
been employed locally by CUNA Mutual and Wartburg College, where he is presently the Director of
Information Technology. His mother is a math teacher at Clarksville Community Schools, and has also
been employed at Wartburg College and St. Paul’s Lutheran School.

A 2002 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School, Alek has long been involved in politics, volun-
teering for both local and national campaigns. During his time at Wartburg, he has been active in the
political community at the college. He founded his own campus political organization, participated in
numerous panel discussions, and contributed to the Wartburg Trumpet, the student newspaper.

 His extensive experience in student government includes a race for Student Body President, in which
he was narrowly defeated. He has served on academic committees to serve as a student voice to the
faculty. He will graduate Wartburg with honors in May, receiving his B.A. in Political Science and
History, including a special commendation as Political Science Senior of the Year.

The grandson of two Lutheran ministers, Wipperman has been active his whole life at St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church in Waverly. His father served a term as President of the congregation and is a member
of the Churchwide council, and his mother regularly offers her musical talents.

Alek’s parents instilled in each of their children a respect for all and a desire to serve the community.
This has included youth mentoring within the church and volunteer service for Holy Family Lutheran
Church in Chicago. He served as a delegate to the Synodical convention.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Alek Wipperman for House
1922 4th Ave. NW
Waverly, IA 50677




     The District
District includes: Waverly,
Allison, Dumont, Bristow,
Parkersburg, Aplington, Shell
Rock

Harkin ‘02: 49.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.7%
Kerry ‘04:   44.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                               101 E. Main St. PO Box 123
                                                                                       Hawkeye, IA 52147
House District 18                                                                           563-379-7182

Andrew Wenthe                                                                        wentheaj@gmail.com
                                                                                  www.andrewwenthe.org


Andrew Wenthe was raised on the family farm two miles west of Hawkeye, where he now lives. He works as
the Associate Registrar at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.
Andrew is a sixth-generation northeastern Iowan. His great-great-great grandmother, Sophia, moved with two
of her sons to Bremer County from Schaumburg, IL in the late 1860s, and generations of Wenthe’s have re-
mained to work the fertile farmland and enjoy the benefits of rural living.
Andrew was born in 1977 in West Union, joining three older brothers in a loving and rambunctious household.
Andrew’s father, Wayne, began operating the family farm after taking over from his father in 1975, and contin-
ues to do so today. Andrew’s mother, Mary, was a homemaker in addition to operating the Sunny Days Pre-
school out of the home until her death in 1993. Andrew and his brothers have since welcomed a stepmother,
Cheryl, to the family. Cheryl works as a loan officer at First National Bank in Oelwein.
It was during his time growing up on the farm that the values of hard work and discipline were instilled in
Andrew, and from his family that he learned the merits of compassion, integrity, and optimism. Andrew was
taught at an early age that you face tough times with your back bowed and your chin up, and that a good
neighbor is always quick to lend a helping hand when someone else is in need.
Andrew graduated from North Fayette High School. He participated in football, track, baseball, choir, speech,
and student government. With the help of his family, student loans, and several part-time jobs, Andrew went on
to earn a B.A. in Political Communications from the University of Northern Iowa.
Following graduation, Andrew moved to Washington, D.C. to work on Senator Chuck Grassley’s legislative
staff. Although a proudly registered Democrat, Andrew enjoyed his two years working for Senator Grassley in
Washington, learning first-hand the importance of representative democracy. Andrew’s experience in the U.S.
Senate taught him how to successfully navigate government bureaucracy, and strengthened his appreciation for
the resolve and determination displayed by Iowans. It was in this spirit that Andrew returned to northeast Iowa
to work on the John Edwards for President campaign. It was good to be home again, and Andrew savored the
opportunity to talk with Iowans about the challenges they faced, while also sharing ideas about how to change
the direction of the country. Andrew continued to work on the Edwards campaign as a field organizer in
Oklahoma and finally as Elizabeth Edwards’ trip director and scheduler in North Carolina.
Andrew also has worked in the Iowa Senate as a legislative assistant for Sen. Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls.
Once again, Andrew’s hands on experience in Des Moines helping to craft legislation and cut through bureau-
cratic red tape has prepared him to better serve Iowans as a public servant.
Andrew is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: David Lalk


      Committee
Citizens to Elect Andrew
Wenthe
101 East Main St. PO Box 123
Hawkeye, IA 52147

Commitee ID #1613


     The District
District includes: Oelwein,
West Union, Sumner,
Janesville, Cleremont,
Maynard, Denver, Tripoli

Harkin ‘02: 55.8%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.7%
Kerry ‘04:   47.5%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                 3523 Veralta Dr.
                                                                             Cedar Falls, IA 50613
House District 19                                                                   319-266-9021

Bob Kressig                                                                     bkressig@cfu.net




Bob Kressig is serving his 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He serves on the Commerce,
Regulation and Labor Committee, the Environmental Protection Committee, and the Local Govern-
ment Committee. He is also on the Economic Development Appropriations Committee.
Bob Kressig is the former Chairman of the Cedar Falls Planning and Zoning Commission. He is also a
member of Veridian Credit Union Board of Directors.
Bob worked for John Deere for 31 years and is now retired. He is a member of UAW. He was a John
Deere/UAW Joint Trainer for 10 years.
Bob was born in Dubuque and grew up in Waterloo. His parents were owners of Verdies café. Bob
attended Columbus High School and Waterloo West. After graduation he attended Hawkeye Tech,
completing welding coursework. He also attended the University of Northern Iowa, completing his
coursework for State of Iowa Post Secondary Teaching license.
Bob is married to Liz Kressig, who was a para-educator in the Cedar Falls Community School District.
They have two daughters, Molly and Laura. Molly lives in San Diego, CA, and is married to Ryan
Borrman. Laura attends Cedar Falls High School. Bob and Liz have two grandchildren, Brianna, 4, and
Gavin, 2.
Bob also was a leader on the building campaign for the local YMCA. He is an usher at Nazareth
Lutheran Church.
Bob enjoys cycling, has ridden RAGBRAI several years, and is a member of Rainbow Cyclists of
Waterloo.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Kressig for Iowa
House District 19
3523 Veralta Dr.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Commitee ID # 1504


      The District
District includes: Cedar Falls

Harkin ‘02: 54.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.4%
Kerry ‘04:   47.3%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                      1922 Mayfair St.
                                                                                                   Waterloo, IA 50701
House District 20                                                                                        319-236-0343

Doris Kelley                                                                                      djkelley@mchsi.com



Doris Kelley is well-known in the Cedar Valley. Her personal and professional contributions have included a wide array of
organizations, businesses and industry. She has lived in the Waterloo Cedar Falls area for 28 years, serving on numerous
civic and community boards and committees.
Kelley has an extensive professional background in community economic development, marketing, and public relations.
The scope of her experience encompasses leadership in downtown revitalization, corporate development, media relations,
market research, public speaking, and communications utility development and marketing.
As the Director of Consulting Services for DesignLiNC, Inc. a consulting and design company based in Lawrence, Kansas,
Kelley leads the company’s telecommunications consulting efforts throughout the United States. She works with municipal
utilities and municipalities that are interested in exploring the technical and financial feasibility of owning and operating
telecommunications networks.
Kelley is best known for her involvement in the research, development, unveiling, and marketing of Cedar Falls Utilities’
Communications Utility. She served as CFU’s chief spokesperson and marketing director from 1995-2000. Kelley also
served as the Utilities legislative liason, playing a key role in securing legislators’ support for amending Iowa’s open
meetings and open records laws.
Kelley assisted with revitalizing Cedar Falls’ downtown by forging effective relationships with city leaders, expanding the
funding base, heightening the city’s Main Street program’s credibility and significantly expanding the volunteer base.
Kelley served as Director of the Cedar Falls Main Street Program from 1993-1995.
Kelley received the Governor’s Volunteer Award following her nomination by the Iowa Department of Economic Develop-
ment; she is the past president of the Black Hawk Leadership Board of Directors; a past member of the Cedar Falls’ 2010
Strategic Planning Team; a past member of the Waterloo Main Street Board of Directors, where she chaired the Organiza-
tion and Restructuring Councils; a past member of the Cedar Valley United Way Board of Directors; the Cedar Valley’s
Promise Marketing Committee; the University of Northern Iowa’s Advisory Board for Leadership Studies Program; and
Chair of the Fiber to the Home Council Membership Committee. Currently, she is serving on the Waterloo Municipal
Telecommunications Board of Trustees. Kelley was also recognized by the City of Cedar Falls for her service and contri-
butions to downtown development. In 1998 she was inducted into the International Who’s Who of Information Technol-
ogy.
Doris was married to the late Ralph Kelley, a longtime employee of John Deere—retiring in 2001 as Director of Safety.
Together they have one child, Dr. Eric Kelley, Ph.D who is a Research Instructor for the Departments of Anesthesiology
and Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Doris Kelley for Iowa House
1922 Mayfair
Waterloo, IA 50701

Commitee ID # 1641


      The District
District includes: Waterloo,
Cedar Falls, and Hudston

Harkin ‘02: 52.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 51.4%
Kerry ‘04:   43.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       295 Kenilworth Road
                                                                                        Waterloo, IA 50701
House District 21                                                                            319-235-1920

Don Shoultz                                                                           dlshoultz@home.com
                                                                                      www.donshoultz.com


Don Shoultz is serving his 12th term in the Iowa House. He is the Ranking Member of the Environmental
Protection Committee and also serves on the Ways and Means Committee and the Public Safety Committee.
Don Shoultz was born August 2, 1936 in Muscatine, Iowa, one of seven children of George and Johanna
Shoultz. George was a truck crop farmer, raising watermelons, cantaloupes, and other vegetables.
Don helped with the farm while growing up. He attended Muscatine High School, playing football and partici-
pating in FFA, and graduated in 1954. He then served in the Marine Corps until 1957, including fourteen
months in South Korea as a telephone lineman.
Returning to the States, he went to Muscatine Junior College, earning an A.A. degree in 1959. He completed his
bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Northern Iowa in 1962, and later earned a master’s degree in
education at the University of Georgia in 1971.
Upon graduation, Don began teaching algebra, geometry and trigonometry in the Waterloo School District. He
taught for 29 years until his retirement in 1991.
Don and his wife, Dianne, were married in 1961. Dianne was the Director of Student Development at Hawkeye
Community College before retiring in 2001. They have three children – Lori, Gregg and Meghan – and seven
grandchildren.
Don was elected to the Iowa House in 1982. He has been an assistant Democratic leader and is currently the
ranking Democrat on the House Environmental Protection Committee. As a legislator, Don has championed the
environment and recycling and was one of the drafters of Iowa’s Groundwater Protection Act.
He has received numerous awards for his environmental achievements, including the Iowa Citizen Action
Network’s Clean Water Award in 1987, the Sierra Club’s Outstanding Legislative Conservationist of 1989, the
1995 Renewable Energy Association’s Renewable Leadership Award, and the 1996 Izaak Walton League
Outstanding Legislator Award.
Don also helped created many of the state’s job training programs as a legislator and became an expert in the
field. In 1989, Don was hired by Hawkeye Community College to lead its training programs for industrial
workers.
Don is a member of Kiwanis International, Sierra Club, NAACP, League of Women Voters Planned Parenthood
Council, and the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
      Incumbent
Served twleve terms


      Committee
Committee to Re-Elect
Don Shoultz
295 Kenilworth Road
Waterloo, IA 50701

Commitee ID # 119


     The District
District includes: Waterloo

Harkin ‘02: 58.8%
Vilsack ‘02: 57.0%
Kerry ‘04:   51.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       241 Madison Street
                                                                                       Waterloo, IA 50703
House District 22                                                                          319-223-9934

Deborah Berry
Deborah Berry is serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House. She serves on the Human Resources, Judiciary,
Public Safety, and Health and Human Services Appropriations Committees.
Deborah, 46, was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She is the daughter of Johnnie and Barbara Berry.
Deborah graduated from Central High School in Waterloo. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from Upper Iowa
University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Mass Communications at the University of
Northern Iowa.
Deborah is an employee Area Education Agency 267 and is the Education Site Coordinator at Logan Middle
School. Previously, she was the Assistant Development Coordinator for KBBG Radio for five years and an
administrator for Black Hawk County for four years.
She served on the Waterloo City Council, where she demonstrated an independent thinker who voted her
conscience.
Education issues rate high for Berry, who served as an education site coordinator for Logan middle school. She
is especially concerned about the proficiency levels of disadvantaged students in urban areas. She has fought
for more funding for education. She wants to work to have schools to become community education centers,
with after-school and enrichment programs geared for at-risk students.
Economic development is also a priority for Deborah. She wants to give more support to small business in the
state and encourage technologically advanced companies to invest in Iowa.
Deborah has always demonstrated commitment to her community. She has volunteered with the Main St. Board
Council, the Human Rights Commission, and the Waterloo Housing Authority. Her memberships include: the
Elks Lodge, the National Community Education Association, the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, and the
NAACP. Moreover, she is a Friend of the KBBG radio station and a supporter of Minority Contractors of
Cedar Valley.
For her tireless efforts, Deborah was awarded the Women of Achievement in Iowa award in 2001, the NAACP
Presidents Award in 2001, the Human Services Award by the Social Workers of Waterloo, and the Sisters on
Target Outstanding Leadership Award.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Berry for Iowa House of
Representatives
241 Madison St.
Waterloo, IA 50703

Commitee ID # 1393


     The District
District includes: Waterloo

Harkin ‘02: 77.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 75.7%
Kerry ‘04:   67.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                PO Box 182
                                                                                     Independence, IA 50644
House District 23                                                                             319-334-3335

Pete McRoberts                                                                    pete@mcrobertsforiowa.org
                                                                                   www.mcrobertsforiowa.org


Pete is a native to Northeastern Iowa, making his first run for elected office. Raised in the area, Pete returned,
after attending Drake in Des Moines, to manage Iowa Senator Brian Schoenjahn’s successful 2004 campaign.
He now teaches Hawkeye Community College’s Senior Tech program in Independence, where he lives, and
teaches US Government at the college’s Independence and Waterloo campuses.

Pete was born in Marshalltown, IA, in 1975. Pete’s parents met while students at the University of Northern
Iowa, married, moved to his dad’s hometown of Tama in 1973, where they lived until Pete and his mom came to
Cedar Falls, in 1977. His father started at Pioneer in the early 1980’s, where he’s been ever since, and his
mother finished her schooling in the field of education in 1984. His mom worked at many levels in the public
school system, most recently, as an associate at a school for special needs children serving AEA 267; she has
been at that position since 1995.

After graduation from Cedar Falls High School, Pete joined the first class of the AmeriCorps. He was assigned
many projects all over the United States; the two that stand out the most for Pete are our work building trails in
a Texas national park, and working with a Fourth Grade class a tutor in a low income area of Denver.

After his time in AmeriCorps, Pete graduated from Hawkeye Community College, the University of Northern
Iowa, and Drake Law School. As a young Hawkeye student, Pete got his first glimpse into civics working as an
intern on Vice President Al Gore’s White House staff. While in graduate school, Pete worked as an assistant to
US Senator Tom Harkin, and also for Representative Deborah Berry in the Iowa House of Representatives.

In 2005, Pete was appointed by the Governor of Iowa to serve on Iowa’s Commission on Volunteer Service - the
board responsible for the management of Iowa’s AmeriCorps programs, and for the state’s encouragement of
volunteer activities in each community. As a part of that greater effort, Pete has worked with the local Knights
of Columbus, affiliated with St. John’s in Independence, in their annual food basket drive. In 2005, they pro-
vided over 80 families in the area with groceries, fresh fruits, and meats for the Christmas season. Pete recently
has been made a member of the board of directors of Independence’s local non-profit day care/early education
center.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Dan Rasmussen


      Committee
McRoberts for Iowa
PO Box 182
Independence, IA 50644

Commitee ID # 1621


     The District
District includes: Indepen-
dence, La Porte City, Jessup,
Fairbank, Hazelton, Winthrop,
Quasqueton

Harkin ‘02: 59.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 57.6%
Kerry ‘04:   52.7%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                7658 Domino Road
                                                                                                 Elkader, IA 52042
House District 24                                                                                    563-245-1084

Roger Thomas                                                                              rrthomas@alpinecom.net



Roger Thomas is serving his 4th term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Economic Growth
Committee and also serves on the Appropriations, Agriculture, Government Oversight, and Veterans’ Affairs
committees.
Roger Thomas and his wife, Rosemary live on the family farm west of Elkader. They have two sons: Rob and
his wife, Rachel and their sons, Noah and Luke, and daughter, Josie, of Story City, Iowa; Ryan and his wife,
Sarah, and their daughter, Audrey, of Minnesota; and a daughter, Rachelle, recent Iowa State graduate, of Ames.
Roger attended school in Strawberry Point and Elkader Schools and graduated from Valley Community School,
Elgin in 1969. He entered the United States Air Force in 1969, during the Vietnam Era conflict. After serving
honorably for over 6 years, he and his family returned to Iowa, to raise their children and started a business in
Wadena. In 1980, Roger and family joined his parents, Art & Gladys Thomas, to operate the family livestock
farm near Elkader, where they now reside. Along with farming, Roger enjoyed his employment as a transit
driver for Northeast Iowa Community Action, a coordinator for RISE Development Center and a youth advisor
for JTPA. Before serving in the legislature, he worked for the Central Community School District as a
mechanic/bus driver for over 9 years. In 1996, Roger returned to college completing his degree graduating with
honors from Upper Iowa University in Fayette with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. In recent
years, Roger was the Project Director for Country Heritage Community and now works part time for Iowa
Workforce Development as a business consultant.
Roger continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the communities in his district. In past years, he has
served with many volunteer organizations. Some of those were the American Legion as the Commander, fire
chief and fireman of a local department, elected Trustee for Northeast Iowa Community College, elected board
member for the Clayton County Extension Council, 4-H leader for over 5 years for the Worthwhile Club,
President of the Northeast Iowa Emergency Medical Council, chairman of the local American Red Cross, and
advisory board member of the National Ag Safety Center in Peosta. Roger currently serves on the Northeast
Iowa Community College’s Foundation board helping students fund their education, along with other
organizations including: The Backbone Lake Friends, Clayton County REAP Committee, the Clay-Gar
American Legion and over 26 years as a paramedic with the Central Ambulance Service.
House District 24 includes the counties of Clayton, Delaware and Fayette. In his service, Roger works endlessly to help the
citizens of the district to resolve their problems. He is a tireless advocate for rural Iowa - always promoting educational
excellence in Iowa’s schools and working to improve economic development opportunities.
      Incumbent
Served four terms


      Committee
People for Roger Thomas
17658 Domino Road
Elkader, IA 52043

Commitee ID # 1046


      The District
District includes: Elkader,
Fayette, Strawberry Point,
Marquette, McGregor,
Earlville, Dundee

Harkin ‘02: 55.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.1%
Kerry ‘04:   49.6%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      503 W. Platt St.
                                                                                 Maquoketa, IA 52060
House District 25                                                                      563-652-2926

Tom Schueller                                                                       toms@willinet.net




Tom Schueller is serving his 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He serves on the House
Ways and Means, Economic Development and Local Government Committees and the Agriculture and
Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.

Tom Schueller is owner and lead partner of Schueller and Sons Reconstruction Company. He retired
from John Deere and Co. after 30 years and is a member of the U.A.W.

Tom Schueller grew up on the Century Farm dairy operation of his parents, Walter and Marie Schueller,
which is now owned by his brother. Tom graduated from Hempstead High School and attended Clinton
Community College.

Tom and his wife Melodie have three grown children: Ginger, Peter, and Benjamin. His sons and
Ginger’s husband are partners in Schueller and Sons, founded in 1976, the year that Tom and Melodie
married and moved to Melodie’s hometown of Maquoketa.

Tom is active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bellevue Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of the
Eagles, and the Rotary Club International. He and his entire family have a lifelong history of involve-
ment in his community. Tom and Melodie have instilled those values of service in their family, where
Peter and Benjamin are both volunteer firefighters and Peter is an EMT and Ginger served in the
National Guard, based in Clinton.

Tom ran for the Maquoketa City Council to bring fiscal responsibility and focus on results. As member
of the Maquoketa City Council for 10 years, he has helped create of 500 jobs in Maquoketa, worked to
improve the quality of life, and lead the successful effort to establish a capital improvements plan for
the city.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Citizens for Schueller
503 W. Platt St.
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Commitee ID # 1505


     The District
District includes: Maquoketa,
Bellevue, Preston, Goose
Lake, Delmar

Harkin ‘02: 58.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.6%
Kerry ‘04:   54.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                               604 S. 32nd St.
                                                                                            Clinton, IA 52732
House District 26                                                                               563-242-6603

Polly Bukta                                                                              mpbukta@mchsi.com



Polly Bukta is serving her 5th term in the Iowa House. She is an Assistant Minority Leader and Ranking Mem-
ber of the Administration and Rules Committee. She also serves on Education, State Government, and Trans-
portation committees.
Polly was born on April 3, 1937 in Pennsylvania, the fifth of eight children of Mary Marquis and Paul Bresnan.
She was raised in the small town of Greenville where she graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1955.
Polly grew up with six brothers and one sister and learned at an early age the importance of expressing her
strong opinions. These six brothers also taught her how to play baseball, basketball and tackle football and
expected her to show up at every neighborhood pickup game. This was the start of Polly’s lifelong interest and
participation in all sports. She excelled in softball, basketball and volleyball in high school and intramural
teams at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA.
Polly graduated from college in 1962 with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in French. Her love of
children coupled with the desire to make their lives fuller was the defining factor that led to her career choice.
She moved to Clinton in 1967 where she was hired as a 5th grade teacher. During Polly’s thirty-three years of
educating young minds, she has been rewarded on a daily basis, far beyond her expectations.
Educating kids, however, has not been Polly’s only passion. Polly has been involved in politics her entire adult
life. She has been instrumental in elections of candidates from school boards to the White House, including her
own election as a state representative in 1996. Polly joined the ranks of Leadership within the House Demo-
cratic Caucus as an Assistant Minority Leader.
Polly married Mike Bukta in 1967 in Clinton and they are the proud parents of two adult sons, Paul and Aaron,
both graduates of the University of Iowa, and a grandson, Ronan, born on July 29, 2005.
In her spare time Polly enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling and is also addicted to working crossword
puzzles. She is an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football programs. She also follows the
Boston Celtics, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Polly is an active member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Clinton as well as numerous business and
civic organizations, including the Clinton Women’s Club, NAACP, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce,
the AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, the P.E.O., Chapter KY Clinton, and is a life member of the NEA.
      Incumbent
Served five terms


      Committee
Polly Bukta Campaign
Committee
604 S. 32nd St.
Clinton, IA 52732

Commitee ID # 975


      The District
District includes: Clinton

Harkin ‘02: 65.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 60.0%
Kerry ‘04:   61.1%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                          2368 Jackson St.
                                                                                       Dubuque, IA 52001
House District 27                                                                           563-556-6530
Pam Jochum                                                                           pamjochum@msn.com



Pam Jochum is serving her 8th term in the Iowa House. She serves on the State Government Committee, Judi-
ciary and Ways and Means committees.
Pam was born September 26, 1954, in Dubuque, the oldest of six children of Micky and Jean Hingtgen. Her
father began working on the line at Dubuque Packing Co. and retired as a vice-president.
She grew up in Dubuque, attending St. Mary’s grade school and graduating from Wahlert High School in 1972.
For many years she attended college part-time while she worked, and she was awarded a bachelor’s degree
from Loras College in 1997, where she graduated maxima cum laude, studying speech communications, public
relations and marketing.
Since her teenage years, Pam has been actively involved in grassroots politics. She has helped to elect candi-
dates from the Court House to the White House and in 1992 decided to run for the Iowa House of Representa-
tives. She is now serving her seventh term.
Pam’s life experiences have helped prepare her for public service. In her younger years, she was a licensed
insurance agent, worked in a law office and financial investment firm. She was employed at Loras College for
seven years, working her up through the ranks to the position of Director of Public Information and Marketing,
which she held for three years. Pam helped develop the Loras College Arts & Lecture Series, which has
brought premier cultural events to the community and provided an opportunity for scholarly presentations on
important issues. Recently, she was an instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.
She also was actively involved in organizing the National Catholic Basketball Tournament (NCBT) held
annually in Dubuque, primarily handling scheduling and arrangements for the many guests and celebrities,
including U.S. Senators Bill Bradley and John Glenn. In 1998 Pam was honored with induction into the NCBT
Hall of Fame.
Pam and her daughter, Sarah, are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Sarah has been Pam’s inspiration to fight for those without a voice. Pam has served on the Board of Directors
for the Dubuque Area Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), served as the Chairperson for the Alzheimer’s
Memory Walk, CROP Walk, and helped with fundraising efforts for Albrecht Acres, a camp for children and
adults with disabilities. Recently Pam was honored with the Mental Health Association’s Legislator of the Year
award and recognition from the Iowa Citizen Action Network for her public service. In 2001 she was named a
“Friend of the Family Farmer” by the Iowa Farmers’ Union, and she received the “Public Service Award” from
the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities in 2006. Pam also continues to receive national recognition for her
work on campaign finance reform.
      Incumbent
Served eight terms


      Committee
People for Pam Jochum
2368 Jackson St.
Dubuque, IA 52001

Commitee ID # 731


     The District
District includes: Dubuque

Harkin ‘02: 66.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 65.7%
Kerry ‘04:   58.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                155 North Grandview Ave.
                                                                                      Dubuque, IA 52001
House District 28                                                                          563-582-5922

Pat Murphy                                                                       patmurphy9@mchsi.com



Pat Murphy was born on August 24, 1959, the ninth of ten children in the family of Larry and Eileen Murphy.
He was born, raised and educated in Dubuque where his father worked for U.S. West and AT&T.
Pat graduated from Wahlert High School in 1977 and received his B.A. from Loras College in 1980 in speech
communication with minors in political science and history. In addition to operating his own business, he has
worked in various capacities at Mercy Health Center, CyCare Systems Inc. as a quality assurance analyst/
document specialist, and Hillcrest Family Services as a youth care worker.
Pat married Teri Ann Gulick in 1980. Teri is an emergency room nurse at Finley Hospital in Dubuque. They
have four children, all of whom attended St. Joseph’s grade school in Dubuque: Jacob, John, Joe and Natalie.
They attend St. Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church in Dubuque.
Pat’s parents were active in many community organizations, including the St. Vincent DePaul Society, school
lunch volunteering, city mission and the Communications Workers of America, of which his father was an
officer.
Pat has been involved with local youth sports in Dubuque, assisting a youth basketball team and serving as a
volunteer umpire in baseball and referee in soccer.
Pat was a member of the Dubuque Cable Commission when Dubuque became one of the first communities in
the nation to offer 35 cable TV channels. He has led efforts in his workplaces to raise money for the United
Way and has served as a Tiger Cub Scout volunteer.
Pat has been a state representative since winning a special election in 1989. He was the ranking Democratic
member of the House Appropriations Committee from 1995-2003 where his responsibility was to oversee the
entire state budget for his Democratic colleagues. He was elected Democratic leader in 2003 after Dick Myers
resigned the position, and was re-elected leader following the 2004 elections.
Pat also serves on the Legislative Council and the House Administration & Rules Committee. In his nine terms
in the House, he has worked on numerous issues related to human services, health care, and spending. As leader
of the House Democrats, he directed the 2004 legislative campaign that picked up three additional Democratic
seats in the House.
      Incumbent
Served nine terms


      Committee
Murphy for State
Representative
155 North Grandview Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52001

Commitee ID # 564


     The District
District includes: Dubuque

Harkin ‘02: 61.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 61.3%
Kerry ‘04:   54.4%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                     PO Box 128
                                                                                           Mt. Vernon, IA 52314
House District 29                                                                              repro29@aol.com

Ro Foege
Romaine (Ro) Foege is serving his 5th term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Health & Human
Services Appropriations Subcommittee and also serves on Education, Human Resources and Judiciary commit-
tees.
Ro was born in George, Iowa on September 1, 1938. At the time of his birth, his parents, the Reverend Henry and
Frieda Foege, had just returned to Northwest Iowa following their service as pioneer Lutheran missionaries in
Papua New Guinea.
After the second grade, Ro attended Pocahontas Community School where he graduated from high school in 1956.
He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, earning a B.A. degree with a Social Work major in 1960. His part-time
college job at a residential treatment center for children sparked his life-long interest in working with children and
families. Subsequently, Ro obtained a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Iowa in 1963. Ro is a
Licensed Independent Social Worker.
Since 1963, Ro has been involved in a wide variety of professional and voluntary human service and community
activities. While with the Linn County Dept. of Human Services, he developed their foster family program. Later,
while working as a consultant with the Linn County Juvenile Court and as administrator of Catholic Charities in
Cedar Rapids, Ro was a founding board member of both Four Oaks and Alternative Services. He also served on
the Marion Independent School Board and Chaired the Linn County Human Resources Management Board.
Ro has been a School Social Worker with Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids prior to his retirement from that
position two years ago. In 1992, he was named Iowa’s “School Social Worker of the Year.” Ro has been recog-
nized with awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics; National Association of Social Workers; Older
Iowans Legislature; Heritage Agency on Aging; the Coalition for Family and Children’s Services in Iowa; Alter-
native Services for Youth and Families; and Iowa Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; all commending
his work as an advocate for children and families in Iowa.
Ro was first elected to the Iowa House in 1996, campaigning primarily on educational, environmental, and health
issues. During his eight years of service, Ro has been the ranking Democrat on the Human Resources Committee
and currently he is the Ranking Member on Health Human Services Appropriations. In those roles, he works to
shape policies that affect the safety, health and well-being of Iowans of all ages. For two years, Ro joined the
ranks of leadership in the House Democratic Caucus as an Assistant Minority Leader. He did not seek re-election
to that position so that he can focus on policy work.
Ro is married to Susan Salter. They have lived in Mt. Vernon since 1979. Susan is self-employed as a consultant
in education, health, and human services. Ro and Susan are the parents of 5 adult children and eight grandchil-
dren.
      Incumbent
Served five terms


      Committee
Foege for Citizens
412 4th Ave. South
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314

Commitee ID # 887


      The District
District includes: Mt. Vernon,
Solon, Lisbon, Ely, Shueyville,
Swisher, Oxford

Harkin ‘02: 58.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 58.4%
Kerry ‘04:   53.6%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                  Notes:
                                                                               2308 Northridge Drive
                                                                                 Coralville, IA 52241
House District 30                                                              319-358-8538 (home)

Dave Jacoby                                                                      319-430-9793 (cell)
                                                                               davejjacoby@aol.com


David Jacoby is serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House. He serves on the Commerce, Regulation, and
Labor Committee; the Human Resources Committee; and the Economic Development Appropriations
Subcommittee; Appropriations; State Workforce Development Board.
Dave was born and raised in Marion, Iowa to George and Millie Jacoby, who are now retired. Dave
graduated from Marion High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern
Iowa.
Dave was elected to two terms on the Coralville City Council, where he was a leader in developing
policy in a high growth and community oriented city. His service on the Council has been an asset in
the Legislature in understanding the challenges of local government.
Dave is a Program Director at Kirkwood Community College, where he has worked for the last 20
years. He has also worked construction. He is a member of Carpenter’s Local 1260.
Dave’s wife Lynette is a Social Worker and a Program Supervisor at United Action for Youth. She has
earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa. They have two
daughters: Ellie, 7 and Anna 5, who both attend Coralville Elementary. He also has a Golden Retriever
named Skittles Daisy.
Dave is the treasurer of Successful Living Board. He is active in the Iowa City Area Chamber of Com-
merce, serving on the Economic Growth Committee. He is a Board Member of the Youth Leadership
Program. He also serves on the Alternative School Committee, Empowerment Board, and Juvenile
Justice Committee.
The Jacobys attend St Thomas More Catholic Church.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Jacoby for House
2308 Northridge Drive
Coralville, IA 52241

Commitee ID # 1491


      The District
District includes: Coralville,
Iowa City, North Liberty,
Tiffin

Harkin ‘02: 62.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 61.4%
Kerry ‘04:   54.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                    637 West First St.
                                                                                  Monticello, IA 52310
House District 31                                                                       319-465-3613

Ray Zirkelbach

Ray Zirkelbach is serving his first term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He is the Ranking
Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations
and Economic Growth Committees as well as the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee.

In 2005, Ray was called to active duty by the US Army and will be serving in Iraq during 2006. He is
an Infantryman with CO A 1/133rd Infantry in Dubuque, IA. He is also a Veteran of Operation Endur-
ing Freedom.

Ray is a correctional officer at the Anamosa State Prison and a soldier in the National Guard.

Ray was born in Manchester and raised in Scotch Grove, Iowa. Ray graduated from Monticello High
School. He enlisted in the National Guard when he was 17 for six years to serve his country and to help
pay for his education. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Criminal Justice.
After completing college Ray was hired as a correctional officer at the Anamosa State Prison, where he
completed and internship with the Social Services Department while attending college. He is a member
of AFSCME 2994.

Ray and Emily Hartkemeyer, who is a RN at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, were mar-
ried in December 2002. She attended Monticello High School and Northeast Iowa Community College.
Emily is employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a Registered Nurse. Ray and
Emily are expecting their first child in spring 2006.

Ray also works part time for Family Auto Center in Monticello, a business his parents own and operate.

Ray attends Scotch Gove Presbyterian Church. He is a charter, and lifetime, member of the Monticello
AMVETS. He is also part of Monticello’s Drill Team, Olin American Legion and the VFW. He is also a
member of the Eagles Club.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Citizens for Zirkelbach
637 West First St.
Monticello, IA 52310

Commitee ID # 1535


     The District
District includes: Anamosa,
Cascade, Monticello, Epworth,
Farley, Peosta, Olin

Harkin ‘02: 58.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 56.4%
Kerry ‘04:   50.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      600 Summer Dr
                                                                                    Asbury, IA 52002
House District 32                                                                      563-556-7350

Tom Avenarius                                                                      welder46@aol.com




Tom Avenarius, the second of five children, was born July 8, 1950, to Norman (Hank) and Ella Mae
(Morgan) Avenarius in Dubuque, Iowa. He was educated in Dubuque, graduating from St. Mary’s
Grade School in 1964, and then graduating from Dubuque Senior High School in 1968.

After graduating high school, Tom enlisted in the United States Army in 1968. He attended his basic
training in Fort Bliss, Texas then on to advanced training in the United States Army Engineering
School, AIT, and mechanic in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Tom then was stationed in Germany from January
1969 to March of 1970. His tour continued to Vietnam from April 19, 1970 to March 26, 1971. Upon
completion of his requirements, Tom was discharged March 27, 1971 as a Specialist 4th Class.

Tom continued his education after his service by attending N.I.C.C. for auto mechanics specialization.

On January 13, 1973, Tom married Jane Marie Kressig and began his family. Tom & Jane now have 4
children, Michael, Matthew, Tamara, & Michelle, one stepson, Steven, one grandson and two step-
grandchildren.

Tom entered the workforce after the completion of his schooling by joining John Deere Dubuque
Works in 1972 as a welder. He continued to work for John Deere until his retirement in 2002 after
fulfilling 30 years of dedicated service.

Tom has many interests and activities that he takes special pride in. During his child raising years, he
spent many of his free hours volunteering in the Tiger Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. While
volunteering for the Asbury Fire Department as a fireman since 1983, he has earned his EMT B and is
currently serving as Lieutenant. He is an active member of the Asbury Eagle’s Club and participates in
many fund raisers, donating to the community’s local charities. He is a member of Resurrection Parish
in Dubuque.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Steve Lukan


      Committee
Avenarius for House District 32
600 Sumer Dr.
Asbury, IA 52002

Commitee ID # 1660


      The District
District includes: Manchester,
Dyersville, Delhi, Bankston,
Asbury, Colesburg, Luxem-
bourg

Harkin ‘02: 50.8%
Vilsack ‘02: 49.6%
Kerry ‘04:   43.9%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                  Notes:
                                                                                          2721 31st St. SW
                                                                                    Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
House District 33                                                                           319-393-7337

Dick Taylor
Dick Taylor is serving his 4th term in the Iowa House. He serves on the Commerce, Regulation and Labor
Committee; the Natural Resources Committee; Veterans Affairs, and the Administration and Regulation Appro-
priations Subcommittee..

Dick was born April 5, 1931, in Algona, Iowa, where he grew up. He is the son of Gladys and Otto Taylor, a
union carpenter.

He graduated from Algona High School in 1949. He attended the University of Iowa for two years and had a
year of training at the Milwaukee School of Engineering while serving in the U.S. Navy.

Dick worked as a union electrician for 42 years. Among the many projects he worked on in the Cedar Rapids
area was Jefferson High School. He also volunteered his electrical skills in helping build a camp for handi-
capped children and installing lights in the Kennedy High gym for the wrestling team.

Dick and his wife, Jan, have owned a home and lived in Cedar Rapids for 49 years. They have been married for
50 years. Jan worked for 22 years as secretary to the Linn County Board of Supervisors. Dick and Jan have two
children: Mark and Shelly. Mark is a Linn County Deputy Sheriff and Shelly is an accountant. Both children
graduated from Kennedy High and have Masters degrees. The Taylors have one grandchild.

Dick served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Menard off the coast of Korea during the Korean War. He chairs the
Linn County Veterans Commission, which he has served on since 1983. He has been instrumental in getting
low-income veterans out of substandard housing and into the Veterans Home in Marshalltown and distributing
food boxes to needy veterans. He is a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and DAV.

Taylor was elected to the Iowa House in a special election in January, 2000 and is seeking his fourth full term.
Taylor was the lead Democratic sponsor of legislation which appropriated $278,000 (a dollar for each Iowa war
veteran) to help build the National World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

Dick has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since 1951. He served on the
executive board of the Hawkeye Labor Council for twelve years. He has been active in local Democratic
politics for many years, serving as a precinct committeeperson for ten years. He is member of the Methodist
Church and has been a Mason for 50 years. He is also a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.
      Incumbent
Served four terms


      Committee
Dick Taylor for State
Representative
2721 31st St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Commitee ID # 1217


     The District
District includes: Cedar
Rapids

Harkin ‘02: 70.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 69.5%
Kerry ‘04:   61.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           1416 A Ave. NW
                                                                                    Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
House District 34                                                                            319-396-8587

Todd Taylor                                                                         reptoddtaylor@aol.com



Todd Taylor is currently serving his 6th term in the Iowa House. He is ranking member on the Justice Systems
Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Commerce, Regulation and Labor Committee and the
State Government Committee.
Todd was born May 21, 1966 in Ames, one of four children of Robert and Wanda Taylor. He grew up in the
legislative district he now represents in Cedar Rapids, where his dad was a minister and his mom taught school
at McKinley and Roosevelt Middle Schools.
Todd went to Taft Junior High and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1984. He worked as a short-order
cook and vending machine supplier to pay his tuition at Graceland College in Lamoni and earned his bachelor’s
degree in English and writing in 1988. He received an additional bachelor’s degree in political science from the
University of Iowa in 1990.
After graduation he worked for the Iowa Democratic Party for two years, directing phone, direct mail, and staff
operations during two election cycles. He also received his first exposure to the Iowa Legislature as a clerk to
then-Rep. Bob Dvorsky, who was chair of the Local Government Committee.
Having developed strong organizational skills, Todd was hired by the AFSCME union following the 1992
elections. He became a staff representative where he currently organizes employees and administers the collec-
tive bargaining agreement for members employed at the University of Iowa. He works to resolve employee
grievances with the University, reviews job classifications and arbitrates disagreements.
Todd met Kim McClure on a blind date and they married in 1995. Kim is employed in the Cedar Rapids office
of Sen. Tom Harkin, where she works on grants, military, and immigration and naturalization issues.
Todd was first elected to the House in 1995, in a special election. He is an advocate on workers compensation,
unemployment, pay equality and workplace safety issues. In 1998, he was selected to attend the Bowhay
Institute, a leadership program for young legislators from Midwestern states. In 2002, Todd was elected by his
colleagues to serve in leadership within the House Democratic Caucus as an assistant minority leader.
A former active Boy Scout, Todd volunteers his time with local Cub Scouts and has brought them to the State
Capitol annually to lead the House in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also helps raise money for their field and
camping trips and has participated in their food drives to stock the local food bank.
Todd has served on the board of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs since 1996.
Todd and Kim have two children. He and his family enjoy traveling and collecting antiques. Todd has a good
collection of political and union buttons and memorabilia.
      Incumbent
Served six terms


      Committee
Taylor for Representative
1416 A Ave. NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Commitee ID # 957


     The District
District includes: Cedar
Rapids

Harkin ‘02: 63.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 62.8%
Kerry ‘04:   56.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                    125 Ashworth Ct.
                                                                                  Hiawatha, IA 52233
House District 35                                                                      319-560-2062
Jan Kvach

Jan is a retired teacher from Hiawatha. She has worked on a number of educational committees to
improve education and had been a Legislative liaison for the Cedar Rapids Education Association.

Jan was born February 11th, 1948, the older of two children in the family of Howard and Louse Secor.
She was born and raised in Cedar Rapids where her father was an electronics salesman and her mother
was a homemaker. Jan graduated from Washington High School in 1966 and received her BS of Ed.
from Drake University in January of 1970 in Elementary Education. In 1978 she received her Master
of Education Degree from the University of Iowa with a major in social studies. She has taught history
and language arts at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. She retired from teaching in
June of 2006.

She and her brother own the family farm which is located outside of Mechanicsville Iowa. It was
started in the 1850s by her great grandfather. They are currently up-grading the farm buildings and
grain bins. Jan has one son who is a computer engineer from Iowa State living in Colorado.

Jan has worked for the soil conservation commission helping to put in tile and terraces in Linn County
and built an outdoor environmental classroom at Jackson Elementary School. She had a business
internship at FMC in the mid 1980s. She implemented information about manufacturing into the 9th
grade economics curriculum course. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, Mercy Hospital
Women’s Auxiliary, The American Association of University Women and the Indian Creek Nature
Center.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Kraig Paulsen


      Committee
Kvach for Iowans
125 Ashworth Ct.
Hiawatha, IA 52233

Commitee ID # 1664


      The District
District includes: Hiawatha,
Palo, Center Point, Alburnett,
Robins, Central City, Fairfax,
Prarieburg

Harkin ‘02: 54.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.7%
Kerry ‘04:   46.7%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                            2731 28th Ave.
                                                                                          Marion, IA 52302
House District 36                                                                            319-377-2087

Swati Dandekar                                                                         ajdandekar@aol.com



Swati Dandekar is serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House of Representatives. Swati, 52, is a 31 year resident
and longtime community volunteer of Marion, Iowa. She serves on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, and
International Relations Committees. She also serves as the ranking member on the Economic Development
Appropriations Subcommittee.
Swati was born in Nagpur, India to Prabhakar and Kusum Dharmadhikari. She grew up in Nagpur and gradu-
ated from J.N. Tata Parsi High School in 1968. In 1971, Swati earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and
Biology from Nagpur University. In 1972, she earned an advanced degree in Dietetics from Bombay Univer-
sity.
Swati is married to Arvind Dandekar, CEO and president of Fastek International, a computer software company
in Cedar Rapids. They have two sons: Ajai, 30; Govind, 27; both graduates of Linn-Mar High School and
Stanford University. Ajai has an MD Phd from the University of Iowa and is doing his residency at the Univer-
sity of Washington in Seattle. Her daughter-in-law Allison Cole practices family Medicine. Govind is a strategic
planner for Google Inc.
One of Swati’s legislative priorities is educational excellence. She has demonstrated her commitment to
education by serving on the Linn-Mar Community School District Board of Directors from 1996 to 2002.
While serving on the Board of Directors, she received ABLE I and ABLE II certifications and initiated district-
wide staff and student recognition programs. Swati has also served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa
Association of School Boards from 2000- 2002. Moreover, she has volunteered in the schools for more than
100 hours per year for many years. For her effort and dedication, Swati was made part of the Linn-Mar School
Foundation Wall of Fame in 1982 and was awarded the JC Penney Education Golden Rule Award in 2000.
Swati is focused on economic development issues. In particular, she supports venture capital programs and
lowering property taxes. She served on the Vision Iowa Board from 2000-2002. She was instrumental in the
Polk County/Capital City Vision Project, the McGregor/Marquette Area Legacy, and the Waterloo/Cedar Valley
River Renaissance.
Swati has earned national and international accolades. She was India Abroad’s “Person of the Year” in 2002
and the Asian Alliance of Iowa “Person of the Year” in 2003. She was named a Flemming Institute Fellow in
2004. She has been equally engaged with community organizations. She has served on the Boards of Directors
of the Liars Holographic Theatre, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and the Iowa’s Women in
Public Policy, and as a business team leader for the National Foundation for Women Legislators. In addition,
she has participated in the Linn-Mar Booster Club, the Boy Scouts American Hawkeye Area Council, and the
Junior League of Cedar Rapids.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Swati Dandekar Campaign
Committee
2731 28th Ave.
Marion, IA 52302

Commitee ID # 1324


     The District
District includes: Marion

Harkin ‘02: 52.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.5%
Kerry ‘04:   43.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                        2905 Alleghany Dr. NE
                                                                                       Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
House District 37                                                                               319-365-6993

Art Staed                                                                             celltrain@mcleodusa.net
                                                                                             www.artstaed.com


Art Staed was the Cedar Rapids school district’s Social Studies facilitator for grades K through 12 until that
position, among others, was cut in 2005 as a result of funding cutbacks in the district. Art is now teaching
social studies at Roosevelt Middle School. Art has taught math, science and social studies. He is active in the
Cedar Rapids Education Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
Art was born in Joplin, Missouri and lived there, in a family of 11 children, until graduating from McAuley
Regional High School. Upon graduation Art attended college at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri
and lived in the KC area for approximately 20 years. He has earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Rockhurst
University in Kansas City, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri at K.C.
and a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
 After marrying and moving to Oklahoma he became an administrator for student “at-risk programs,” a child
abuse investigator for the Ardmore Children’s Shelter and later, a principal of an alternative high school. Art
became a national trainer for Cities In Schools (CIS) and delivered community partnership training for CIS at
the Iacocca Institute of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was also a founding member of a
shelter for victims of domestic violence, The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma. In addition, Art served as
program chair for the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce initiative, Leadership Greater Ardmore.
Art temporarily left education 10 years ago to pursue a business career with U.S. Cellular and quickly became a
market manager and manager of numerous retail stores, opening and operating cellular stores for the company
in Texas and Oklahoma. USCC brought Art to Cedar Rapids as a national trainer - training managers and front
line sales associates throughout the country in a host of management, sales and development courses.
Wanting to return to education he began updating his educational credentials for Iowa. In the interim, Art filled
a temporary position with Iowa Workforce Development in Cedar Rapids - writing and delivering training at
Kirkwood and the Workforce Development office in Cedar Rapids. By the fall of 2002 Art had secured the
Social Studies facilitator position with the Cedar Rapids Schools. In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of
curriculum facilitator, Art was co-chair of the CREA membership committee and is now the CREA representa-
tive to the Chamber of Commerce. Art is an active member of the Cedar Rapids Chamber’s Fifteen In Five
committee on “Growing and Sustaining Small Businesses.” Art is also a board member of “The World,” a new
local nonprofit dedicated to the understanding and celebration of diversity in the community through the arts
and education. He is a member of Invest in Children, a coalition of area leaders and agencies who are active in
addressing local children’s issues.
Art lives with his wife, Janis, and daughter Sarah in Cedar Rapids. His other two children, Ashleigh and Tighe,
have recently graduated and are living out of state.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Citizens to Elect Art Staed
2905 Alleghany Dr. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Commitee ID # 1586


     The District
District includes: Cedar
Rapids

Harkin ‘02: 50.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 50.7%
Kerry ‘04:   45.6%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                        395 Memorial Dr. SE
                                                                                     Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
House District 38                                                                              319-365-1840

Tyler Olson                                                                          tylerolson1@gmail.com
                                                                                         www.tylerolson.com


Tyler Olson is an attorney and Cedar Rapids community leader. Tyler was born and raised in Cedar Rapids.
Tyler is a sixth generation Iowan and fourth generation Cedar Rapidian. His father operates a family-owned
third generation small business in Cedar Rapids. His mother is a social worker with leadership experience at a
number of Cedar Rapids human service agencies.Tyler graduated from George Washington Senior High School
in 1994. He was an All-American swimmer at Washington, and a member of two state championship teams. He
earned his bachelor’s degree in government and history from Claremont McKenna College, cum laude, in 1998,
where he was also an All-American swimmer. Tyler earned his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2003.
At the Iowa College of Law, he served as the Senior Note and Comment Editor for Volume 28 of The Journal of
Corporation Law and President of the Iowa Student Bar Association.
Tyler is an attorney at Bradley & Riley, PC, a law firm with offices in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, where he
has a general practice, including, but not limited to, business and corporate and real estate law. Tyler is a
member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Linn County Bar Association and serves
on the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Justice for All Committee.
Tyler served as Finance Director for Rob Tully for Congress in Dubuque in the fall of 1998. He also served on
the Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign in Linn County during the 1998 election cycle. Tyler worked
as Assistant Finance Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1999-2000.
Tyler is a member of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary and chairs the Downtown District Creative Counsel’s
Housing Team. In 2005, the Housing Team sponsored the first ever Cedar Rapids Downtown Housing Summit,
an event which brought together over seventy-five developers, government officials, investors, bankers, poten-
tial residents and other community leaders to discuss the future of downtown housing. Tyler is a founding
member of the Board of Directors of Corridor Free Wireless, Inc., a not-for-profit entity organized to bring free
wireless internet access to downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Coralville.
Tyler was one of the leaders of the petition drive and campaign that led to the change in form of government in
Cedar Rapids effective November, 2005. He served as Treasurer of Citizens for a Better Cedar Rapids, and was
heavily involved in the strategy of the campaign that led to almost 70% of Cedar Rapidians voting to move to a
city manager/city council form of government.
Tyler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Revitalization Service and the New Bohemia
Arts & Culture District. He is also a member of Access Iowa, a group working to attract and retain young
people in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor, where he was member of the Board of Directors in 2005. Tyler
also serves as a volunteer boys swimming coach at his alma mater, Washington High School. He served on the
15 in 5 Community Planning Committee’s Downtown & Riverfront Subcommittee.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Committee to Elect Tyler
Olson
395 Memorial Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Commitee ID # 1602


     The District
District includes: Cedar
Rapids

Harkin ‘02: 58.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 58.8%
Kerry ‘04:   54.3%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                               303 East St.
                                                                                     Mt. Auburn, IA 52313
House District 39                                                                            319-475-2276

Dawn Pettengill                                                                            trix@netins.net



Dawn Pettengill is serving her 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She will serve on the Commerce,
Regulation and Labor Committee, Environmental Protection Committee, and on the Local Government Com-
mittee. She will also be on the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee.

Dawn was serving her second term as the mayor of Mt. Auburn when elected to the Iowa House. She was
elected to two terms on the City Council prior.

Dawn was born in Indianapolis, but moved frequently due to her father’s job as an industrial engineer. After
graduation she attended Purdue University. Dawn moved to Iowa after she met her husband Ron, who was born
and raised in La Porte City, Iowa. Dawn’s son, Jon, lives in Alabama and is in the hospitality industry. Nick
attends Union High in La Porte City.

Dawn is a past president of the La Porte City Women’s Club. She is a member of the Cottage Garden Society.

Dawn established the Mt. Auburn Youth Council. She has served as chaperone and advisor since its inception.
The Council works with young people from the ages of 10-18 who want to be involved in their community.
Each young person partners with an older person to help around their home, shovel walks, etc. The Youth also
identify things in the community they want to improve, parks for example, and fundraise to achieve the im-
provements.

As Mayor, Dawn developed and implemented a popular and successful Community Betterment Program. She
enforced nuisance ordinances that were already in place, set up an annual clean up weekend with a garage sale
and appliance pick-up, and started a Yard of The Month initiative that she funds through her mayoral pay.

Dawn implemented a curbside recycling program, authors a quarterly newsletter, organized a volunteer effort to
paint and refurbish the park, and found funds to repaint much of the city property, like fire hydrants and the
water tower. She has been working to increase and reward volunteerism and community pride.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Petengill for Iowans
303 East Street
Mt. Auburn, IA 52313

Commitee ID # 1507


     The District
District includes: Vinton,
Belle Plaine, Marengo, Nor-
way, Atkins

Harkin ‘02: 54.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.2%
Kerry ‘04:   49.6%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                             408 5th Street
                                                                                            Traer, IA 50675
House District 40                                                                            319-478-8522

Sharon Owens                                                                 elect_sharonowens@yahoo.com



Sharon Owens lives in Traer, a rural community in northern Tama County. She has been an elementary teacher
at North Tama County Community School for the past 28 years. She presently teaches kindergarten, also known
as “breaking the wild horses”, and has done so for 18 years. She also teaches summer school to help elementary
students gain and retain skills in math and reading.

Sharon grew up in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove as the oldest of six children. Neither of Sharon’s
parents, who are both deceased, had the opportunity to attend college. Her father was a life long truck driver
and her mother held various retail and banking positions throughout her lifetime. Sharon attended the Univer-
sity of Iowa and began as a music major with the desire to be a band director. Though responsible for her own
college costs, Sharon chose to attend Iowa and pay the out-of-state tuition because of the outstanding quality of
education she would receive there. She later changed her major to elementary education with a minor in music.
Sharon met and married her husband Jim, while in college. They both graduated from Iowa in 1977 and chose
to return to Jim’s home town of Traer so that Jim could go to work in his family’s independent insurance
agency where he is still employed.

Jim has earned his CPCU and has served as a national NAMIC committee member. He is president-elect for the
Mutual Insurance Association of Iowa. Sharon and her husband have two daughters. Natalie is a business and
communication major at the University of Iowa and Marlee is a junior at North Tama. Natalie served as a Page
in the Iowa House of Representatives in 2003. Sharon and her family are active in their church, Ripley United
Church of Christ in Traer. Sharon serves on the Christian education committee and has been on the music and
town ecumenical Bible School committees.

Music is an important part of the Owens family. Sharon presently teaches piano lessons to 24 elementary age
children, often not ending her day of working with children until 7:30 pm. Both daughters are also accom-
plished pianists. Sharon also plays the flute at weddings and programs and has played in local community
bands.

A career member of the Iowa State Education Association, Owens has served as her local Association’s vice
president, president, governmental affairs chair, delegate and has been on the negotiations team. She has also
served on Unit committees. Owens is challenging an incumbent in House District 40 because she believes that
it is time for a fresh perspective to challenges facing the state. She is ready to put her experience in education to
work in the House to help improve Iowa schools.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Lance Horbach


      Committee
Committee to Elect Sharon
Owens
PO Box 435
Traer, IA 50675




     The District
District includes: Traer,
Grundy Center, Tama,
Toledo, Montour, Reinbeck,
Dike, Wellsburg, Dysart

Harkin ‘02: 50.0%
Vilsack ‘02: 49.1%
Kerry ‘04:   43.3%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                            611 E. 17th St. N.
                                                                                           Newton, IA 50208
House District 41                                                                               641-792-9514

Paul Bell                                                                                  Bell@pcpartner.net



Paul Bell is serving his 7th term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Commit-
tee and also serves on Appropriations, Public Safety, and Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations
Subcommittee.
Paul Bell was born October 3, 1950 in Algona, Iowa, one of three children of Alfred and Luellna Bell of nearby
Whittemore.
Paul attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Whittemore through the 8th grade, and then attended Algona High
School, where he played sports and graduated in 1968. He attended Des Moines Area Community College and
earned a degree in political science from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973.
He married his wife, Niki, in 1971. Niki works through the area education agency in the Newton school system
with kids who have speech problems. Paul and Niki have two children, Allison and Bradley.
The Bells moved to Newton in 1973 when Niki got a job as a teacher. Paul worked briefly at Maytag, and then
became a Newton police officer in 1974. Paul retired from the Newton Police Department after 31 years of
service.
As a police officer Paul became alarmed at increased drug abuse by teenagers and became involved in the Drug
Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) program. He served as the first statewide president of the DARE
Association and has fought hard for state funding for the DARE program as a legislator. Over the years he has
taught thousands of students in the Newton area about the dangers of drug use.
Paul was also elected president of the local police union for ten years. In his work with the Police Association,
he has helped raise money for handicapped children and other charities.
Paul has served thirteen years in the House and, because of his law enforcement background, has provided
leadership to other lawmakers on crime-related legislation. He has served as the ranking Democrat on the
appropriations subcommittee that funds Iowa’s criminal justice system, from prosecutors and law enforcement
to the courts and prisons. He is now the ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee.
Paul belongs to the First Lutheran Church of Newton where he has served on the church council. He is a past
president of the YMCA and past president of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which coordinates pro-
grams and activities for local seniors.
In his spare time Paul likes to fish and hunt and attend Newton Cardinals games. Paul and his wife Niki enjoy
their first grandchild Dylan, who is 20 months old. It is a pleasure to be a grandparent.
      Incumbent
Served seven terms


      Committee
Paul Bell for State
Representative
611 E. 17th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208

Commitee ID # 765


      The District
District includes: Newton,
Mingo, Baxter, Kellog,
Reasnor, Lynnville, Sully

Harkin ‘02: 58.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 59.3%
Kerry ‘04:   52.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         213 Seventh St. NW
                                                                                           Altoona, IA 50009
House District 42                                                                              515-967-7846
Geri Huser                                                                                ghuser@mchsi.com




Geri Huser is serving her 5th term in the Iowa House. She is a Member of the Transportation Committee and
also serves on the Local Government and Ways and Means committees.
Geri is a graduate of Southeast Polk High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Briar
Cliff College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University. Geri received her law
degree from Drake Law School in 2004. She currently practices law at the Skinner Law Firm in Altoona.
She and her husband, Dan, were married in 1984. Dan is employed by Casey’s General Stores. Geri and Dan
have two children, Kelli and Blake.
In 1986, Geri began thirteen years of work for Polk County Social Services, first in general relief, helping low-
income people pay their utilities and rent. She then started the Property Tax Suspension Program designed to
keep seniors from losing their homes in the tax sale process.
In 1990 Geri was assigned to start the Family Enrichment Center, the first welfare reform project in Iowa. A
federally funded program, it enjoyed the best success rate in Iowa in moving AFDC recipients into employment,
despite working with people previously identified as unemployable. Geri later became a planning specialist,
preparing the department’s budget for submission to the county supervisors.
Geri got involved in local government by winning an Altoona City Council seat in 1991. She learned about
zoning, city planning and budgeting in her six years on the council. In 1996 she won election to the Iowa
House.
Geri helped establish the Greater Des Moines Housing Trust Fund, which consolidates local efforts to build
low-income housing. She has also served nine years on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, currently
chair, which allocates transportation funds in a four-county area in central Iowa. She belongs to the Chambers
of Commerce in Pleasant Hill, Mitchellville and Altoona. She is a member of East Polk Interagency Associa-
tion, Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Board of Directors.
      Incumbent
Served five terms


      Committee
Huser for State
Representative
213 7th St. NW
Altoona, IA 50009

Commitee ID # 987


      The District
District includes: Altoona,
Mitchellville, Bondurant,
Runnells, Colfax, Prairie City

Harkin ‘02: 58.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 58.7%
Kerry ‘04:   46.5%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      816 Roberts Terrace
                                                                                   Marshalltown, IA 50158
House District 43                                                                           641-750-9278

Mark Smith                                                                           msmith1@mchsi.com



Mark Smith is serving his 3rd term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Human Resources Com-
mittee and also serves on Appropriations and Judiciary committees, and on the Health and Human Services
Appropriations Subcommittee.
Mark Smith was born in Osceola, Iowa on January 5, 1952, the son of R. Eugene and Betty Danner Smith. His
family lived on a farm near Osceola until moving to Winterset, where Mark graduated from high school in 1970
and received a college scholarship.
After graduation, Mark worked in a special nutritional and recreational program for children through Iowa State
Extension Services. That led him to study social work first at Graceland College (BA, 1974) and then the
University of Iowa (MSW, 1986).
Mark has spent his entire career helping people. He has worked with troubled children and their families,
treated substance abuse, directed services to the mentally ill, and made sure nursing homes provide quality care
for the elderly. Mark was among the first to provide early mental health counseling to children through the
schools. He is currently the Director of Special Projects at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central
Iowa (SATUCI).
He is often called on to train substance abuse counselors, foster parents and social workers. He counsels fire
fighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel who have on the scene at traumatic
accidents. Mark was the only member of the Iowa General Assembly to work at the World Trade Center follow-
ing the attack on America on 9-11-01. He also works as a divorce mediator helping couples work through their
disputes. He has received numerous awards for his work and was named to the Board of Social Work Examin-
ers by Gov. Vilsack before being elected.
Mark and his wife, Karen Lischer, have been married for 19 years. They have a daughter, Allie, who attends
Marshalltown public schools. Mark is the former foster parent of two boys, Kevin and Darwin Eggert of
Clearfield, and is now a grandparent to five foster grandchildren. Mark attends Central Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ), where he serves as an Elder and teaches Sunday School to adults with special needs.
Mark is treasurer of the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, a nonprofit organization that has raised
thousands of dollars to improve library services. He served as a member of the Marshall County Mental Health
and Mental Retardation Advisory Board and served as the 1999 Chair. He has been a member of the Fisher
Elementary Student Improvement Team and the Middle School Advisory Committee.
Mark is an avid bicyclist who has ridden numerous RAGBRAIs and bicycle treks in other states. He is presi-
dent of the Marshalltown Morning Optimist Club. He is also an adjunct instructor at Marshalltown Community
College and for the University of Iowa School of Social Work.
      Incumbent
Served third terms


      Committee
Mark Smith for Iowa House
816 Roberts Terrace
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Commitee ID #1247


     The District
District includes:
Marshalltown, Liscomb,
Albion

Harkin ‘02: 57.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 55.7%
Kerry ‘04:   46.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       811 16th Ave.
                                                                                        P.O. Box 126
  House District 44                                                                 Eldora, IA 50627

  Tim Hoy                                                                              641-939-5604




Tim Hoy and his wife Melody, a registered pharmacist, own and operate Eldora Valu-rite Pharmacy and
Ahoy Fountain.

Tim has been active in his community. He has been a city council member, past mayor, and founding
chairperson for the Eldora Trees Forever chapter. He is actively involved in the downtown restoration
project, historic preservation initiatives, the Greater Eldora Chamber of Commerce, Eldora Emergency
Management Services, Eldora Area Health Services Board, and mostly recently named to the Eldora
Tiger Teamwork Foundation Board.

Tim was born in Saginaw, Michigan. In 1963 his family moved to Eldora, Iowa, where his father was
employed in administration at the Iowa State Training School. Tim graduated from Eldora High School
in 1974. He attended Drake University, graduating in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration.

Upon graduation from college, Tim spent over ten years in administration with Marine Drilling Com-
pany, and off-shore oil and gas company, in Corpus Christi, Texas. During his employment with Marine
Drilling Company, Tim was responsible for Insurance and Personnel for their 1,200 employees.

In 1991, the Hoys felt the desire to return to their roots in Iowa. Tim and Melody, originally from
Grundy Center, returned to Eldora to start two businesses and raise their family with Midwest values
and a strong Iowa education.

Tim and his wife have two daughters, Ariel, a junior in the Pharmacy School at the University of Iowa,
and Elizabeth, a junior at Eldora-New Providence High School. The Hoys are active members of St.
Mary’s Catholic Church.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Polly Granzow


      Committee
Hoy for House
811 16th Ave., PO Box 126
Eldora, IA 50627

Commitee ID # 1651


     The District
District includes: Eldora,
Iowa Falls, Ackley, Buckeye,
Radcliff, Hubbard, Alden,
State Center, Le Grand

Harkin ‘02: 53.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.2%
Kerry ‘04:   44.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       518 Ash Ave.
                                                                                    Ames, IA 50014
House District 45                                                                     515-292-2904

Beth Wessel-Kroeschell                                                          bweskroe@isunet.net



Beth is serving her 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She serves on the Environmental
Protection, Judiciary, and Local Government committees and the Education Appropriations Subcom-
mittee.

Beth is a community volunteer.

Beth is married to Tom Kroeschell. He is the Associate Athletic Director, Media Relations at Iowa State
University. They have two children, Liza a seventh grader and Robbie a second grader in the Ames
School District.

Beth was born and raised in Ames and graduated from Ames High School. Her father Robert Wessel is
a retired political science professor at ISU. Her mother Edith, was the director of Ames Visiting Nurse
Service. They still live in Ames. After Beth graduated from Ames High, she earned her BA from Uni-
versity of Northern Iowa, and her MPA from Iowa State University.

Beth is active in St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. She has been treasurer, vice-president, and president of
the church council. She was on the board of ACCESS, a battered women’s shelter, for 4 years and
served as their president, through a trying time in the organization. She was chair of the Story County
Equal Rights Amendment campaign in 1992.

Beth, a desktop publisher, was the interim director of ACCESS (Battered Women’s shelter), a public
school teacher, assistant director of the Association of Boards and Certification, and worked for the
Iowa Farmer’s Union.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Citizens for Wessel-
Kroeschell
518 Ash Ave.
Ames, IA 50014

Commitee ID #1526


      The District
District includes: Johnston,
Grimes, Polk City, Elkhart,
Alleman, Sheldahl

Harkin ‘02: 63.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 62.5%
Kerry ‘04:   54.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                              4541 513th Ave.
                                                                                             Ames, IA 50014
House District 46                                                                              515-292-1748

Lisa Heddens                                                                         lisaheddens@yahoo.com



Lisa Heddens is serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House. She is an assistant Minority Leader. She serves on
the Administration and Rules Committee, the Environmental Protection Committee, the Human Resources
Committee, and the Public Safety Committee.
Lisa was born on June 6, 1964 in Rochester Minnesota. She and her husband Jeff moved to Iowa in 1984 and
have lived in Ames for over twenty years.
Lisa graduated from Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1989, she earned a teaching certificate in
elementary education at Iowa State University. She has spent most of her professional life working with family
service agencies. She currently works for the Parent Training and Information Center of Iowa as a Family
Support Coordinator, a position she has held for six years. The Center is a statewide non-profit organization
that offers information and trainings on special education issues. From 1994-1998, she served as Family
Support Coordinator for the U.S. Army Reserves. She has worked as a substitute teacher in Ames and the
surrounding school districts and was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2002.
Lisa’s husband Jeff is a Construction Engineer with the Iowa Department of Public Defense. They have two
children.
Lisa was inspired to run for the Iowa Statehouse by the need for strong leadership in tough economic times. In
particular, her desire to run stems from her experience as a parent of a child with special needs. She states that
the birth of her son Paul, who was been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, shaped her life in unexpected ways
and has changed her outlook on life. Her priorities are education, affordable healthcare, child welfare and aid
to struggling families. She stresses the importance of maintaining the high quality of our educational system
despite budgetary constraints. She is also concerned about retaining and augmenting family services and
programs such as affordable housing, nutrition programs, and affordable prescription drugs.
Lisa has been a strong voice in her community, providing the initiative and courage necessary for change. She
has chaired the governmental affairs committee for The ARC of Story County; served as the coordinator of
M.E.I.R., a family support project for families and consumers with disabilities; and is a parent representative
for the Children at Home Project. She was the vice president of The Legal Center for Special Education. She
currently serves on the State Rehabilitation Council, the MH/MR/DD/BI Commission, and the Senior Living
Coordinating Unit. In addition, she is a board member for the Westory Volunteer Fire Department, and served
on an advisory committee for “Honoring Iowa’s Heroes,” a project honoring men and women and their families
who have returned home after serving our country.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect Lisa
Heddens
4541 513th Ave.
Ames, IA 50014

Commitee ID #1339


     The District
District includes: Ames,
Gilbert, Luther, Madrid

Harkin ‘02: 60.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 61.4%
Kerry ‘04:   54.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                            805 Walnut Ridge Dr.
                                                                              Waukee, IA 50262
House District 47                                                                 515-289-2970

Russ Wiesley

Russ Wiesley is the owner of Waukee Medicap Pharmacy. He is a Vietnam veteran. He served in the
United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart for his actions.

He has served on the Waukee School Board for nine years.

Russ is an active member of his community and is a member of the Iowa Association of School
Boards, the Waukee VFW (Vietnam Veteran), the American Legion, the Jaycees, Waukee Rotary Club,
the Optimist Club, the Waukee Utility Board, the Dallas County Empowerment Board, and the Iowa
Pharmacy Association.

Russ is married to Ilyeen, who is also a pharmacist. They have two children Carrie and Martin, who
both attend Waukee Schools. They attend Waukee United Methodist Church, where Russ serves on the
Pastor/Parrish Relations Committee and the Finance Committee.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Ralph Watts


      Committee
Friends for Russ Wiesley
805 Walnut Ridge Dr.
Waukee, IA 50262

Commitee ID # 1584


     The District
District includes: West Des
Moines, Waukee, Clive, Adel,
Dallas Center, Granger, Wood-
ward

Harkin ‘02: 47.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.4%
Kerry ‘04:   36.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         2103 Greene St.
                                                                                         Boone, IA 50036
House District 48                                                                          515-432-8163

Donovan Olson                                                                  donovanolson@hotmail.com



Donovan, serving his second term in the Legislature, sits on the Economic Growth, Environmental Protection,
and Local Government committees, and is the ranking member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources
Appropriation Subcommittee.
A lifelong resident, Donovan Olson was born and raised in Boone. He is the son of Gene and Linda Olson.
After graduating from Boone Public High School, Donovan obtained a degree in Art and Design from Iowa
State University in 1993. He went on to pursue a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning, com-
pleting the program in 1997.
Donovan served for six years on the Boone County Board of Supervisors in addition to working for Iowa State
University as a Distance Education Coordinator, a position he has held for five years. Previously, he was the
coordinator of the Ogden Rural Main Street Program. Donovan’s professional and political background has
provided him with a strong understanding of communities and the issues facing local government as well as an
opportunity to communicate with citizens about issues they care deeply about.
Donovan and his wife Sue are the proud parents of two children: Anna Grace, who is three years old, and Ryan
Andrew, who is seven years old. In addition to being a full-time mother, Sue works part-time as a secretary at
the Iowa State University Museums. The family belongs to the First United Methodist Church in Boone.
Donovan was inspired to run for State Representative out of a desire to make Iowa the best place in the nation
to live, work, and raise a family. As a member of the Board of Supervisors his concern and motivation, then
and now, is to ensure physical and economic development in Boone County as well as improve service provi-
sion to residents.
Donovan has a proven track record of providing a high level of leadership and taking initiative. In addition to
having chaired the County Board of Supervisors, he has also chaired the Boone County Conference Board, the
Empowerment Board, the Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance, and the Family Resource
Center. Moreover, Donovan has committed much time and energy as a member of the Wallace House Rural/
Urban Leaders Group, the Boone County Board of Health, Boone’s Future, and of the Prairie Rivers Steering
Committee.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Olson for State
Representative Committee
2103 Greene St.
Boone, IA 50036

Commitee ID #1392


     The District
District includes: Boone,
Perry, Ogden, Boxholm, Pilot
Mound, Fraser, Bouton

Harkin ‘02: 61.0%
Vilsack ‘02: 61.4%
Kerry ‘04:   48.3%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                PO Box 675
                                                                                        Ft. Dodge, IA 50501
House District 49                                                                             515-570-3535

Helen Miller
Helen Miller has over 25 yeas of leadership and experience in various capacities including volunteer, mediator,
legislative bill drafter, attorney and board member of numerous organizations. Miller is currently serving her
second term in the Iowa House of Representatives representing District 49. There she serves on the Agricul-
ture, Appropriations, Administration and Rules, Economic Growth, Veterans Affairs, and International Rela-
tions committees.
She is particularly interested in the economic growth of her district and the completion of Highway 20.
Legislation she crafted has led to the development of an ATV park in Fort Dodge. A House Resolution she
cosponsored calling for the completion of Highway 20 passed the Iowa House during the 2003 session. Miller
has been instrumental in promoting economic development through the arts bringing the Artful Dodger to the
Statehouse rotunda since 2003. Last year, she organized and held a arts legislative breakfast.
Miller is the Executive Director of Young At Art, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which promotes economic development
through the arts, and sponsors the annual Artful Dodger Project. She currently serves on the boards of Leader-
ship Iowa, the Center for Policy Alternatives, Young At Art Foundation, Webster County Crime Stoppers, the
Fort Dodge Community School Improvement Advisory Board, and is a member of the Ft. Dodge Correctional
Facility Community Task Force.
She is a past board member of Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa, Fort Dodge Area Symphony, the
Webster County/ Ft. Dodge Human Rights Commission, the Ft. Dodge Public Library, the Blanden Memorial
Art Museum Foundation Boarad and several other boards.
She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Miller is a graduate of the leadership programs of Leadership Washington (DC), Leadership Iowa, the Bowhay
Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, and the Flemming Leadership Institute.
Miller is also a member of Rotary International, the Links, Inc. and Junior League.
Miller has a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University in Washington DC, a Master of Science in Library
Science, Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown
University Law Center in Washington DC.
Miller is married to Dr. Edward A. Miller, a retired Air Force Colonel. They have 3 children and two grandchil-
dren
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect
Helen Miller
1936 15th Avenue N
Ft. Dodge, IA 50501

Commitee ID #1445


     The District
District includes: Fort Dodge,
Badger, Duncombe, Vincent

Harkin ‘02: 58.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.8%
Kerry ‘04:   52.4%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         3120 Kingsley Ave.
                                                                                     Rockwell City, IA 50579
House District 50                                                                             712-297-7340

Lynne Gentry                                                                        gentry@iowatelecom.net



Lynne Gentry, a 36 year career educator, lives near Rockwell City in rural Calhoun Country. She grew up on a
small livestock and crop farm west of Farnhamville and graduated from Lohrville High School. Gentry earned
an Associates Degree from Fort Dodge Community College and her BA from Dakota Wesleyan University,
Mitchell, South Dakota. She began her teaching career in the Manilla, (Iowa) Community Schools in 1969. In
1978 Gentry moved back to Calhoun County and taught English, speech, and drama in the Lohrville Commu-
nity Schools. When Lohrville and neighboring Lake City formed the Southern Cal Community School District,
Lynne became a middle school language arts and reading teacher for eighth grade, a position she truly enjoys.

Improving education for students and teachers alike has been the focus of Lynne’s career. She served as an
instructor for the Iowa Writing Project working with teachers during the summer and school year. She serves
on the Southern Cal Continuous School Improvement Plan committee and on the district staff development
leadership team. A career member of the Iowa State Education Association, Gentry has served as her local
Association’s president and vice president. She has also worked on the local association’s negotiation’s team.
Through her years of experience, Lynne has come to know that every decision that affects education is ulti-
mately a political decision.

Lynne and husband Dale have been married for 37 years. Dale is a retired art instructor who was named Iowa
High School Art Teacher of the Year in 1997. The couple has two adult sons. One is a web manager and
designer at Well’s Fargo Financial in Des Moines. The other is owner of Gentry Restorations and Kustoms in
Rockwell City. Lynne and Dale are “lifetime” members of the Iowa Street Rod Association and enjoy driving
their old cars. For the past 8 years they have organized the Rockwell City Chamber and Development Car
Show and Cruise. As Chamber members, they have also served on two RAGBRAI steering committees as
Rockwell City has been both an overnight and noon pass-through town for that event. The Gentrys are mem-
bers of the United Methodist Church in Rockwell City.

Gentry’s commitment to education forms her basis for challenging an incumbent in House District 50. She is
frustrated by past Republican dominated legislatures that talk about the importance of education but do little to
provide adequate funding. Lynne is positive that a Democratic House would have the will and find the ways to
fully support the students and teachers of the state.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: David Tjepkes


      Committee
Lynne Gentry for Iowa House
3120 Kingsley Ave.
Rockwell City, IA 50579

Commitee ID # 1636


     The District
District includes: Rockwell
City, Jefferson, Lake City,
Lohrville, Manson,
Farnhamville, CHurdan,
Gowrie, Scanton, Dayton

Harkin ‘02: 54.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.6%
Kerry ‘04:   44.8%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
    Photo not avialable




                                                                                     1618 S. St. Aubin St.
                                                                                     Sioux City, IA 51106
House District 54                                                                          712-898-2861

Dan Cougill

Dan Cougill is the President of Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 7.

Dan, a fire lieutenant, has served with the Sioux City Fire Department since 1990. He is a certified
Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate and is also certified in Vehicle Extrication Rescue. Dan
also serves as a trainer for new firefighters. Because of his experiences, he is assigned as the fire officer
of Fire Engine 1 – which specialized in vehicle extrications.

In addition to running for State Representative and raising a family, he is also working on continuing
his education.

In addition to working on issues of public safety, if elected to the Iowa House, Dan would like to keep
Iowa’s education system of the best in the country, to make health care more affordable, and continue to
grow Iowa’s economy with high-quality jobs.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Christopher Rants


      Committee
Dan Cougill for House
1618 S. St. Aubin St.
Sioux City, IA 51106


      The District
District includes: Sioux City,
Sergeant Bluff

Harkin ‘02: 52.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 50.3%
Kerry ‘04:   41.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                             3411 250th St.
                                                                                           Logan, IA 51546
House District 56                                                                             712-644-2659

Janice Creasman                                                                      www.jan-doumakes.org




Janice Creasman was born and raised in Mondamin, Iowa. Her father, from North Carolina, was a laborer and
a veteran of WWII. Her mother, born and raised in Mondamia on a family of seventeen, worked all her life.

Janice, currently a nephrology social worker, has been married for nine years to a software engineer. She has
one married daughter.

As a social worker she have spent her life working with the people that most need government services. The
arenas have spanned adult and child protective services, health care, adult, child and family services, substance
abuse, mental health, and lack of homes.

Janice’s undergraduate degree is from Westmar college in LeMars IA where she graduated with a teaching
certification. Her masters in social work is from the University of Iowa.

Janice and her family are members of the Mondamin United Methodist Church. In the past she has served as
Lay speaker, on the Board of Church and Society, and Hunger Task Force. She has worked with ecumenical
movements for pooling resources for human needs.

Janice has served as a member of the West Harrison School Board. She has been involved with Department of
Public Education in curriculum resources for sexual education.

She has been Superintendent of Food and Nutrition at Harrison County Fair for several years. She’s in her third
year as secretary of Harrison County Democratic Central Committee. Janice is a volunteer supervisor for the
Nebraska AIDS Project for eighteen years and is Chairperson of Harrison Town and Country Arts.
Challenge or Open
Wilderdyke or Windchitl


      Committee
Citizens for the Election of
Creasman
3411 250th St.
Logan, IA 51546

Commitee ID # 1667


      The District
District includes: Onawa,
Woodbine, Neola, Missouri
Valley, Dunlap, Logan

Harkin ‘02: 46.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 46.9%
Kerry ‘04:   39.9%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                     1041 18th St.
                                                                         West Des Moines, IA 50265
House District 59                                                                    515-221-3491

Jim Sammler                                                               sammler50265@msn.com



Jim Sammler was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. His father was an Iron Worker and member of
Iron Workers Local 512 in St. Paul. His mother was a secretary and bookkeeper.

Jim graduated from mounds View High School (St. Paul) in 1964 and Augsburg College (Minneapolis)
in 1968. At Augsburg, Jim was an education major, graduating with a board teaching major in health
and physical education.

After graduating form Augsburg, Jim entered the United States Marine Corps. He attended Officer
Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was an artillery officer and served a
tour of duty in Vietnam. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Jim returned to Minnesota and
began teaching and coaching in the Roseville school district in suburban St. Paul.

Jim and his wife Pat have been married for 34 years. They met in college and lived in the Twin Cities
area until they moved to Des Moines in 1982. Jim and Pat have four adult children, three of whom are
married. They also have two grandchildren with a third on the way. All their children attended school in
the West Des Moines school district and graduated from Valley High School. Pat has been a successful
mortgage banker for 23 years serving as both president and owner of an independent mortgage com-
pany. Jim and Pat attende Faith Lutheran Church in Clive.

Jim has been a small business owner and worked in both the mortgage and real estate business. He is
currently a real estate agent working with Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, REALTOS.

As a former teacher and coach, Jim has always been involved with youth. He has been on the board of
managers of the Walnut Creek YMCA and has spent many years coaching youth sports. Jim was also a
youth director at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Urbandale.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Jim Sammler for House
1041 18th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50265




     The District
District includes: Windsor
Heights, West Des Moines,
Clive

Harkin ‘02: 45.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 47.5%
Kerry ‘04:   42.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         418 38th Place
                                                                                  Des Moines, IA 50312
House District 61                                                                        515-255-2805

Jo Oldson                                                                         jooldson@netins.com




Jo is serving her second term in the Iowa House. She is the ranking member of the Education Appro-
priations Subcommittee and also serves on the Commerce, Regulation, and Labor Committee and the
Education Committee.

Jo graduated from Eagle Grove Community High School. Jo earned a Bachelor of Arts and Juris
Doctor from Drake University. Since finishing school, Jo has split time between the private and public
sectors. She worked for 10 years in the financial services industry. Jo worked for eight years in the
office of the Insurance Commissioner, helping oversee one of the largest domestic insurance industries.
She worked first in securities enforcement, and later as the First Deputy Insurance Commissioner.

For three years she served as policy advisor to Governor Tom Vilsack. In this capacity, she advised the
governor on the issues of health, human services, elder affairs, insurance, banking, utilities, and profes-
sional licensing.

Jo and her husband, Brice Oakley, live in Des Moines.

Throughout her life, Jo has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and avid interest in the
legislative process. In addition, she has been actively involved in the community. She served for 10
years on the Young Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors. She has also been actively engaged
in fundraising for United Way, is an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church, and, she has
worked with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and the Homeless Shelter.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Oldson for State
Representative
418 38th Place
Des Moines, IA 50312

Commitee ID #1326


     The District
District includes: Des Moines

Harkin ‘02: 60.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 62.5%
Kerry ‘04:   56.6%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       452 Wilmers Ave.
                                                                                   Des Moines, IA 50315
House District 62                                                                         515-256-8010

Bruce Hunter                                                                        brucebrim@aol.com




Bruce Hunter is serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House. He serves on the Human Resources, Public
Safety, Transportation Committees, and the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommit-
tee.
Bruce Hunter was born to Norm and Iris Hunter on June 22, 1955 in Alma, WI. After growing up in
Wisconsin and Minnesota, Bruce graduated from Ellendale High School in Ellendale, MN. After high
school, Bruce attended Winona State University for two years and Saint Cloud State University for one
year.
Bruce is married to Betty Brim-Hunter. He works for Iowa Student Loans since November 2005 as a
loan consultant. He worked for Citi Group as a Customer Service Manager for 8 years. Betty works as
a lobbyist for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Bruce has been very active in community groups throughout his life. He is a past president of the
Davenport Jacyees and a past district director of the Iowa Jaycees. In addition he has been active in the
Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Bruce sees economic development, education, and health care as the most important issues facing Iowa.
He wants to work to create good paying jobs with benefits that will keep young people in Iowa. He
wants to work to keep Iowa’s schools the best in the nation, and he wants to make sure that Iowans
young and old get the medical care and treatment they need.
Bruce feels his strength lies in his ability to listen to the needs of the people in House District 62 and
then put those concerns to work at the Capitol.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect
Bruce Hunter
452 Wilmers Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50315

Commitee ID #1488

     The District
District includes: Des Moines

Harkin ‘02: 70.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 69.4%
Kerry ‘04:   57.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       4300 Beaver Hills Dr.
                                                                                      Des Moines, IA 50311
House District 64                                                                            515-279-9063

Janet Petersen                                                                       janet@janet4iowa.com



Representative Janet Petersen joined the Iowa House of Representatives in 2001, representing the people of
northwest Des Moines. She is the Ranking Member of the House Commerce, Regulation and Labor Committee
and also serves on the Appropriations and Human Resources Committees. She is a member of the DLC.

After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in communications/public relations in 1992,
Janet returned to Des Moines to work on the Clinton Gore campaign. She went on to work at the American
Heart Association, increasing Iowans’ awareness of health care issues and lobbying for tobacco control mea-
sures. During her tenure, she served on the National Advisory Board for the Smoke-Free Class of 2000. In
1996, Janet joined Strategic America, a marketing communications firm in West Des Moines. As a senior
public relations account executive, she provided strategic counseling to nonprofits, for-profits and government
agencies. In 1999, Janet earned an M.A. in integrated communications from Drake University. Janet now
works from home as a marketing communications consultant and stay-at-home mom.

In addition to a busy home life, Janet devotes a great deal of her time to community service. For 15 years she
has been a “big sister” for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Des
Moines Arts Festival, Women in Public Policy, and on the Outreach Committee for Walnut Hills United Meth-
odist Church.

Janet has received a number of awards at the local, state and national level for her work in the marketing
communications field. In 2000, she was honored as one of Des Moines’ 40 Under 40 by the Des Moines
Business Record for her active involvement in business and community activities. She also has been recog-
nized twice as an Up & Comer by the Des Moines Business Record.

Janet is married to Brian Pattinson, an Ames native, who is portfolio manager for an international small cap
fund for Principal Global Investors. They have two children – Charlie and Maggie Pattinson.
      Incumbent
Served three terms


      Committee
Petersen for State
Representative
4300 Beaver Hills Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50311

Commitee ID #1206


     The District
District includes: Des Moines

Harkin ‘02: 60.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 60.1%
Kerry ‘04:   52.6%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                             P.O. Box 5042
                                                                                      Des Moines, IA 50306
House District 65                                                                            515-271-0605

Wayne Ford
Wayne Ford is serving his 5th term in the Iowa House. He serves on the serves on Education, Human Resources
and State Government committees.
Wayne was born on December 21, 1951 in Washington, D.C., the son of Sarah and the late Wiley Ford. He was
raised in Washington’s inner city and graduated from Ballou High School in 1969.
His skill as a football player led to a scholarship at Rochester Junior College in Minnesota (he is a member of
the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame). He continued his education at Drake University, playing football and
graduating in 1974 with a degree in education. Wayne has also done graduate work in public administration at
Drake and in social work through the University of Iowa.
In 1985, he founded Urban Dreams, a United Way agency created to serve the needs of Des Moines’ inner-city
residents. Wayne has served as its executive director since its inception.
The success of Urban Dreams and Wayne’s work with local youth and inner city residents led the Milton S.
Eisenhower Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-poverty research group, to invite Wayne to join its
Board of Trustees. Wayne has traveled the world with the Foundation looking at other successful youth-
oriented programs.
Wayne has received national acclaim for the Brown & Black Presidential Forum, the only Presidential debate
on minority issues, which he founded and organized in 1984.
In 1996, Wayne was elected state representative from a district which includes some of the most affluent and
least affluent neighborhoods in Iowa, becoming the tenth African American elected to the Iowa Legislature. He
was profiled in the Washington Post and a Washington Times magazine about his rise from Washington’s inner
city to the Iowa Statehouse.
In the Legislature he works to help improve the lives of minorities and other disadvantaged Iowans. He was
appointed by Governor Tom Vilsack in 1999 to co-chair a commission to study the high rate of incarceration of
black males in Iowa.
Wayne is married to Romonda Belcher Ford. She is an Assistant Polk County Attorney. They have one son.
      Incumbent
Served five terms


      Committee
Citizens to Re-Elect
Wayne Ford
PO Box 5042
Des Moines, IA 50306

Commitee ID #1061


     The District
District includes: Des Moines

Harkin ‘02: 70.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 69.6%
Kerry ‘04:   60.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                        1429 12th St.
                                                                                 Des Moines, IA 50314
House District 66
Ako Abdul-Samad

Author, photographer, and counselor, Ako Abdul-Samad has impacted the lives of thousands of indi-
viduals and families for over three decades.

As the CEO/Founder of Creative Visions Human Development Center in Des Moines, Iowa Ako
Abdul-Samad has established this non-profit organization and serves as the senior executive officer.
Ako has established and directed business functions which include Employment Assistance and Sup-
port Services, Healthcare Management, Community Development and Advocacy, and consultancy on
Culture & Diversity Education.

Ako also serves on the Des Moines School Board.

Ako has recently published his first book, “A Deeper Truth, Revelations of the Soul”, a collection of
poems depicting personal experiences and events within his own life’s journey and journeys of those he
has encountered.

In 2004, Ako was awarded the National Caring Award, the Caring Institute seeks to identify, honor, and
reinforce the activities of particularly caring Americans; those who enable the human race by tran-
scending themselves in service to others by dedicating the better parts of their lives to helping those in
need. They have created solutions where others have despaired of finding answers. The power of Ako’s
example inspires a new standard of social responsibility.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Citizens for Ako Abdul-
Samad
1429 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50314

Commitee ID # 1604


     The District
District includes: Des Moines

Harkin ‘02: 77.4%
Vilsack ‘02: 76.9%
Kerry ‘04:   69.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       5220 SE 31st Ct.
                                                                                  Des Moines, IA 50320
House District 67
Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy is serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House.

He was born June 29, 1971.

McCarthy’s district covers Southeast Des Moines, East Des Moines and the suburb of Pleasant Hill; as well
as Northern Carlisle and the Allen Township & Avon Lake areas.

McCarthy serves as the Ranking Member of the House Public Safety Committee, which oversees Iowa’s
criminal laws and homeland security issues. He also serves on Transportation and Ethics Committees.

McCarthy, an attorney, is a graduate of Drake Law School. He is a former Assistant Iowa Attorney Gen-
eral.

McCarthy’s experience also includes serving as a counsel in Washington D.C. for the Tobacco Project,
which represents the fifty-two settling governments under the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. In
addition, he has served as campaign manager for Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller in 1994 and 1998.
McCarthy, in addition, worked as State Director and later as a senior advisor for United States Senator Joe
Lieberman’s presidential campaign. Currently, when not busy with his legislature duties, McCarthy works
as a persecutor for Polk County Attorney John Sarcone.

McCarthy, son of Des Moines Police Chief Bill McCarthy, is married to Marcy McCarthy, who is em-
ployed with John Deere Credit. They have a two year old daughter, Kennedy.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
McCarthy for State
Representative
5220 SE 31st Ct.
Des Moines, IA 50320

Commitee ID #1385


     The District
District includes:
Des Moines, Pleasant Hill

Harkin ‘02: 65.2%
Vilsack ‘02: 64.8%
Kerry ‘04:   51.9%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                  3012 E. 31st Court
                                                                               Des Moines, IA 50317
House District 68                                                                     515-265-7658

Rick Olson                                                                     bolson2180@aol.com




Rick Olson is serving his 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He serves on the Judiciary,
Natural Resources and Public Safety committees and on the Justice System Appropriations Subcommit-
tee.

A lifelong Eastside resident, Rick attended Grandview College and Drake University, receiving his law
degree from Drake in 1976. Upon graduation from law school, he went to work as an Assistant Polk
County Attorney. While an Assistant Polk County Attorney, Rick was a member of AFSCME. Rick
entered private practice in 1979 and has practiced law at 2635 Hubbell Avenue for approximately 20
years. Additionally, Rick raises and races thoroughbred horses.

Rick is married to Brenda Olson, a realtor in Des Moines. He has three daughters, Kate, Lesley, and
Samantha.

Rick serves on the Polk County Magistrate Appointing Commission. He served on the Polk County-
Wide Oversight Committee. He is the Vice President of the Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protec-
tive Association Board. He is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association,
and the Iowa Trial Lawyer’s Association.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Committee to Elect
Rick Olson
3012 E. 31st Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50317

Commitee ID # 1560


     The District
District includes: Des Moines

Harkin ‘02: 70.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 69.4%
Kerry ‘04:   58.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                  766 White Tail Way
                                                                                  Polk City, IA 50226
House District 69                                                                      515-210-8442

John Calhoun                                                                        jbcal@mchsi.com




John Calhoun, a 1971 graduate of Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, worked as a juvenile court officer
in the 3rd judicial district for 27 years. He was hired as the Director of the Siouxland Human Invest-
ment Partnership (SHIP) in Sioux City in 1999 and served as the Empowerment & Decategorization
Coordinator.

John has served on many boards and committees including the Iowa Learns Council for which he
served as the team leader of the Early Childhood Team.

John retired on December 31, 2004 and has moved to Polk City with his wife Beth, who recently took a
job as a CSIP Consultant for the Dept. of Education.

John is currently the President of Provident Consulting and the managing Partner of Iowa Grandpar-
ents. Provident Consulting is a small business that facilitates strategic planning and project manage-
ment. Iowa Grandparents is a web based business that provides quality child development information
to grandparents. This business was inspired by his work on the Iowa Learns Council.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Walt Tomenga


      Committee
Calhoun for State House
766 White Tail Way
Polk City, IA 50226

Commitee ID # 1617


      The District
District includes: Johnston,
Grimes, Polk City, Elkhart,
Alleman, Sheldahl

Harkin ‘02: 47.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.7%
Kerry ‘04:   50.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                        1214 Main St.
                                                                                      Pella, IA 50219
House District 71                                                                      641-628-4052

Cathy Haustein                                                                  hausteinc@gmail.com




Cathy Haustein is a professor of chemistry. She has been married to R. Bruce Haustein, a self employed
Certified Public Accountant, for 29 years. They have three children: Anna, who is employed by the Gap
Corporation and engaged to Nate Spanheimer of Iowa City; Kay, a nursing student at Coe College in
Cedar Rapids; and Marcus a Pella High School freshman. Her parents are retired educators Bill and
Connie Hinga.

Haustein holds a BA in chemistry with a biology minor from Central College, a Ph.D in Analytical
Chemistry from The University of Iowa and an MFA in creative writing from The University of Iowa.
Cathy has been a professor of chemistry at Central College since 1983. She has also worked at Xerox
Corporation.

She has been involved in the Pella Shakespeare Festival, March of Dimes Neighborhood Campaign and
League of Women Voters. She can frequently be found walking on the Lake Red Rock hiking trails.

Haustein wants to bring her scientific expertise to issues such as alternative energy, science education
& air and water quality concerns. She will promote sustainable business opportunities; support
education; work with professors at state universities on science issues; maintain or strengthen
environmental regulations especially in preserving the Red Rock area for recreation & animal habitats;
support consumer protection; support conservation and tourism opportunities in District 71; and seek
creative business and arts opportunities for the district.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Jim Van
Engelenhoven


      Committee
Elect Cathy Haustein
1214 Main St.
Pella, IA 50219

Commitee ID #1658


      The District
District includes: Johnston,
Grimes, Polk City, Elkhart,
Alleman, Sheldahl

Harkin ‘02: 46.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 45.6%
Kerry ‘04:   36.6%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         430 Osage
                                                                                 Chariton, IA 50049
House District 72                                                                    641-774-4664

Buzz Malone                                                                 buzzman_73@yahoo.com




Buzz Malone works for Great Plains Laborers District Council; he has been a member of the Laborers
Local Union #177 since 1993. After Hurricane Katrina, Buzz spent several weeks as a volunteer with
the Red Cross working in the Gulf Coast.

Buzz spent one year as a construction craft training instructor to youths at Pine Ridge Job Corps. There
he worked with troubled youths.

Buzz is married to LeeAnne Malone, who is studying to become a registered nurse. They have three
sons: Tony, 13, Jesse, 12, and Mason, 6. All three attend Chariton Community Schools.

Buzz was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Dean and Maggie Malone. He grew up in Indianola, Iowa,
attending elementary and junior high there. He attended high school in both Florida and Chariton.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Rich Arnold


      Committee
Buzz Malone for State
Representative
430 Osage
Chariton, IA 50049

Commitee ID # 1624


      The District
District includes: Chariton,
Albia, Melcher-Dallas, New
Sharon, Melrose, Russell

Harkin ‘02: 53.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 51.6%
Kerry ‘04:   42.4%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       301 N. Warren Ave.
                                                                                      Bevington, IA 50033
House District 73                                                                           515-462-3305

Maxine Bussanmas                                                                   mrbussanmas@msn.com



Maxine Bussanmas lives in Bevington, Iowa on the Warren County/Madison County Line.
Maxine was the sixth child and only daughter of Bruce and Edna Crow. She was born and raised on a farm
south of Prole, Iowa and attended Martensdale High School, where she met her future husband. Bruce was a
lifetime farmer and Edna worked beside him, following an earlier teaching career.
Maxine married Otto Bussanmas, moved to Bevington and they attended Church of the Assumption Catholic
Church in Churchville. Otto and Maxine have three sons, Jeff, Ken and Tom. All three attended Martensdale/
St. Marys Community School and are now grown and married with families of their own. For thirty five years,
Otto has been the owner/operator of Bussanmas Towing and Services in Bevington. The business includes a
gasoline station, convenience store, deli, towing, recovery services and a full service garage. Otto and Maxine
are co-owners of B&B Mini Storage, also located in Bevington.
In addition to managing a home and raising a family, Maxine was employed in a variety of positions with Look
Magazine, Farmers Grain Dealers Association and Midwest Automatic Sprinkler Company. She was employed
as District Sales and Marketing Manager for Avon Products, where she supervised the activities of 400+
Independent Sales Representatives in 7+ counties for 23 years. Maxine was later employed by Mercy Medical
Center in Des Moines as the Coordinator of Volunteers. She is now employed as the Business Manager of
Bussanmas Towing and Services.
Maxine has always been involved with youth development. Her volunteering began at age nineteen as the
youngest Girl’s 4-H Leader in the State of Iowa. She served three tours of duty as a Cub Scout Den Mother,
once with each of her three sons. For many years she taught CCD classes in her local Church. Later she
became an advisor in a coed Scout Explorer group. More recently, Maxine served as a volunteer board member
for the Iowa Citizens Foster Care Review Board in Union County and was a contracted employee as an
ICFCRB Meeting Facilitator in Clarke, Lucas, Decatur & Ringgold Counties.
Maxine’s additional volunteering included serving on the Board of Trustees of Madison County Memorial
Hospital in Winterset. She also served as Chairman of the Madison County Committee for the Iowa State
Sesquecentennial Celebration. She volunteered as a worker and grief counselor for Mercy Hospice in Johnston.
Maxine has always shown an interest in the health and welfare of the elderly. A year after her Father’s death,
her Mother suffered a stroke and moved into Maxine and Otto’s home, where she lived for the last nine years of
her life. This made Maxine even more aware of the physical and emotional needs of the aging.
Maxine has served as a member of the Bevington City Council for over 20 years. She has always been in-
volved with improving the quality of life for Iowans of all ages and desires to further serve fellow Iowans as a
member of the Iowa House of Representatives.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Jodi Tymeson


      Committee
Maxine Bussanmas for House
301 N. Warren Ave.
Bevington, IA 50033


      The District
District includes: Winterset,
Cumming, DeSoto, Earlham,
Milo, Truro

Harkin ‘02: 53.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.5%
Kerry ‘04:   42.2%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       611 W. Ashland Ave.
                                                                                        Indianola, IA 50125
House District 74                                                                             515-962-9345

Mark Davitt                                                                         davittforhouse@aol.com



Mark, serving his second term, sits on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Ways and Means committees,
and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
Mark Davitt was born in Winterset and grew up in Warren County. His father, Phil, was a farmer, railroad
engineer, insurance representative, worked at Firestone, and co-owned and operated three flower shops. He
served in the Iowa House of Representatives. His mother, Theo, was a homemaker and co-owned and operated
the flower shops.
Mark graduated from Martensdale-St. Mary’s High School and attended Southwestern Community College,
Simpson College, and Mankato State University. After attending school, Mark worked on the family farm with
his father and brothers. Later he worked for the Rock Island Railroad before entering journalism. He has
served as the photo editor of the Ames Daily Tribune, and the managing editor and operations manager of the
Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune. He owned and was publisher and editor of the Diamond Trail News in
the Lynnville-Sully area of Jasper County. Mark is also an amateur musician and has been a member of the
South Dallas County Crewcut Cowboy Band for about 26 years. He now owns a photography and communica-
tions consulting business, Davitt Photo Alliance.
Mark is married to Amy Duncan. They have two children, Elizabeth, 9, and Duncan, 6. Amy is a newspaper
publisher for The Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune, The Altoona Herald, and Mitchellville Index and The
Ames Life and Times. She is the chair of the Warren County United Way. They attend St. Thomas Catholic
Church and The Indianola United Presbyterian Church.
Mark has been active in many organizations based on his time as a journalist. He is a member of the Iowa
Newspaper Association, National Press Photographers’ Association, the Iowa Press Photographers Association,
the American Society of Magazine Photographers, and Newspaper Guild of the Communications Workers of
America. He has won awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa Press Photographers for his
photography. At his church, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his community he has been a
member of the Indianola Noon Lions and helps with church fundraising activities. He was a member of the
United Brotherhood of the Maintenance of Way, AFL-CIO, when he worked for the Rock Island Railroad.
Mark was elected to begin serving in the Iowa Legislature in 2002. In the Legislature, Mark fights for constitu-
ents ranging from kids just beginning school to adults in retirement. His lifelong ties to Warren County and
belief in balance between rural areas, small towns, and growing communities help him represent the district.
Mark wants to see policies that help Warren County to plan, to grow and succeed but not at the loss of its small-
town, and solid and growing community values.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Davitt for House
611 W. Ashland Ave.
Indianola, IA 50125

Commitee ID #1395


     The District
District includes: Indianola,
Carlisle, Norwalk, Spring Hill

Harkin ‘02: 58.2%
Vilsack ‘02: 57.7%
Kerry ‘04:   43.0%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                     114 First Ave. E.
                                                                                  Oskaloosa, IA 52577
House District 75                                                                       641-673-7589
Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer is serving his second term on the Oskaloosa City Council. His wife, Laurie, is a member of
the School Board. They have four children: Nicholas, age 11 and triplets Blake, Collin, and Tori, age 8.

Eric was born and raised in Oskaloosa. After graduation from high school he attended William Penn
University and later Drake Law School.

Eric has practiced law in Oskaloosa for the last 19 years. He worked as a judicial magistrate for three
and a half years prior to starting his private practice.

Eric’s family attends the First Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, where Eric is an elder and has been
the treasurer and a deacon.

He is a board member of the Oskaloosa Municipal Housing Agency, the Oskaloosa Kiwanis Club, Red
Cross, Hospice Board, William Penn University Alumni Board, Jaycees, Kids Korner, Mahaska County
Democrats, Mahaska County Historical Society, and Mahaska County Sesquicential Commission.

Laurie was born in Ottumwa and also attended William Penn University. She is a social worker and
substitute teacher. She is the former president of the city-wide PTO.
      Challenget
Incumbent: Danny Caroll


      Committee
Palmer for State
Representative
114 First Ave. E.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Commitee ID # 1545


     The District
District includes: Oskaloosa,
Grinnell, Montezuma

Harkin ‘02: 52.2%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.2%
Kerry ‘04:   40.4%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         2743 H Ave.
                                                                               Williamsburg, IA 52361
House District 76                                                                       319-655-7952

Chris Montross

Chris Montross of Williamsburg was born on July 18, 1973, the only child of Janet Montross. He was
born, raised, and educated in Millersburg where his grandparents lived and farmed.

Chris graduated from Deep River Millersburg High School in 1992 and received his B.A. from
Wartburg College in 1996 in elementary education with an endorsement in social studies. In addition to
teaching 5th grade at Deep River Millersburg Elementary for the last eight years, he has also run his
family¹s farm north of Millersburg. Chris has yet to marry and he has no children.

Chris’s mom and grandparents have been extremely active throughout the community including: school
volunteering, town committees, and other activities that arise.

Chris has been involved with sports since he was little.He was all conference in football and basketball.
He went on to play basketball at Wartburg College. He has assisted in little league baseball and softball,
and volunteered to umpire games. He has also coached AAU basketball. When he wasn¹t coaching he
was refereeing elementary games in Millersburg or North English.

Chris has been active around the community and volunteers when needed. He has been a member of
many local organizations. Some of these organizations are the following: Methodist Church, NEA,
Iowa Cattlemans Assoc. and other summertime events.

Chris has lived around Millersburg his whole life. He recently purchased the family farm from his
grandparents. Chris enjoys farming and being a school teacher. Interacting with the public has always
been easy. For fun you can find him playing softball, going to sporting events, or enjoying the outdoors.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Betty DeBoef


      Committee
Chris Montross for House
2743 H Ave.
Williamsburg, IA 52361




     The District
District includes: Sigourney,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
Chelsea, Kinross, What Cheer

Harkin ‘02: 51.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.6%
Kerry ‘04:   42.0%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                               40 Gryn Ct.
                                                                                       Iowa City, IA 52246
House District 77                                                                           319-351-2826

Mary Mascher                                                                     marymascher1@mchsi.com



Mary Mascher is serving her 6th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She is ranking member of the
Ethics Committee and serves on the Appropriations and Ethics committees and the Health and Human Re-
sources Appropriations Subcommittee.
Mary was born September 22, 1952, in Iowa City, the sixth child of twelve children of Harry and Lucille
Seelman of Iowa City. The Seelman’s 420 acre farm is located in rural Johnson County.
Mary started school in Cosgrove and went to Regina Catholic High School in Iowa City, where she was elected
junior class president.
After graduation in 1970, Mary continued her Catholic education at Ottumwa Heights Junior College, where
she participated in the concert and madrigal choirs. After one year in Ottumwa she returned home in 1971 to
marry Dick Mascher.
Deciding she wanted to teach, Mary entered the University of Iowa in 1972 and graduated four years later,
skipping her graduation ceremony to give birth to her son, Jason. She has since earned a master’s degree in
counseling education from the University of Iowa and worked as a counselor at Roosevelt Elementary. She has
taught for a total of 30 years in the Iowa City schools and is currently a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Weber
Elementary.
Mary has been very active in her community. She helped organize the first girls’ softball league in Iowa City
and served on its board of directors. Since 1988 she has sung and acted in numerous productions of the Iowa
City Community Theater, and also served on their board of directors.
She has been a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Iowa City Riverfront Commis-
sion, and was president of the Iowa City Education Association. From 1992-1997 Mary served on the State
Sesquicentennial Commission.
In 1994, Mary was elected to the Iowa House where she has been an advocate for women, children and fami-
lies. Mary serves on the State Reading Recovery Advisory Board and Executive Committee. Mary was ap-
pointed by Governor Vilsack to the State Council on Continuous Improvement of Educational Excellence. In
1999 she was recognized as the National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Friend of Education and in 1998
she was recognized by the Iowa Counseling Association as Legislator of the Year.
      Incumbent
Served six terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect Mascher
40 Gryn Ct.
Iowa City, IA 52246

Commitee ID #:863


      The District
District includes: Iowa City,
University Heights

Harkin ‘02: 72.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 70.6%
Kerry ‘04:   62.4%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           2408 Mayfield Rd.
                                                                                        Iowa City, IA 52245
House District 78                                                                             319-338-6148

Vicki Lensing                                                                        vickilensing@juno.com
                                                                                  vicki@lensingfuneral.com


Vicki Lensing is serving her 3rd term in the Iowa House. She is the Ranking Member of the Government
Oversight Committee and also serves on the Judiciary and State Government committees.
Vicki was born June 21, 1957 in Iowa City, the daughter of John and Patti Mott. She grew up in the family
business, Mott’s Drug Store, which was owned and operated by her grandparents. A life long resident of Iowa
City, she graduated from West High School in 1975 and from the University of Iowa in 1979.
Vicki is co-owner of Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service. She also facilitates several bereavement support
groups for adults and children. She developed the bereavement program at her funeral home and works actively
with Iowa City Hospice, Iowa Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
and the Iowa City Community School District on educational and support programs.
She is married to Rich Templeton. She has three children: Amanda, 25, who works in film and television
production in Los Angeles, CA and sons Alex, 23, who attends Kirkwood Community College and Nick, 19,
who attends Colorado University in Boulder.
She served as chair of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and is a 1996 graduate of the Com-
munity Leadership Program.
Vicki is a past president of the Districtwide Parents Organization. She served on the City High School Site
Council as a parent representative and as the facilitator for the Weber Elementary Site Council.
She serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Johnson County. She is past president of the Johnson
County Woman’s Network. She is one of the co-founders of the Woman’s Leadership Circle of the Johnson
County United Way. Vicki also serves on the Johnson County Junior Achievement Board.
She also serves on the board of Community Corrections Improvement Association, the Reading Recovery
Council of Iowa and the IOWAccess Advisory Council.
Vicki was formerly President and a board member of Preferred Funeral Directors International. She is a
member of Association for Death Education and Counseling.
      Incumbent
Served three terms


      Committee
Lensing for House District #78
2408 Mayfield Rd.
Iowa City, IA 52245

Commitee ID # 1260


     The District
District includes: Iowa City

Harkin ‘02: 72.8%
Vilsack ‘02: 72.6%
Kerry ‘04:   67.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         1888 Fox Ave.
                                                                               West Branch, IA 52358
House District 79                                                                        319-643-5548

Clara Oleson                                                                   claracitizen@Lcom.net




Clara Oleson of Springdale is carrying on a career of fighting for Iowa’s working families as she seeks
the District 79 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Oleson is a retired labor educator and lawyer with a reputation of strong community activism. She has
written about drug testing in the workplace and economic development issues on the state level.

Oleson attended Catholic schools for her high school and college years, moving to Iowa in 1965 and
graduating from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1976. She is an avid quilter and gardener at
her home in Springdale, east of West Branch in Cedar County. Having lived most of her life in Iowa,
she enjoys showing her certificate from Governor Tom Vilsack naming her an “honorary native Iowan”
in 2004.

She retired that year from the UI Division of Continuing Education, where she was a labor educator
emphasizing labor law, civil rights and workplace issues. Her general law practice included family law
and workplace discrimination.

Oleson has been board president for Good Jobs First and national co-chair of Alliance for Democracy.
She also has been a member of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union board, Iowa City Human Rights
Commission, and president of American Federation of Teachers Local 716.

In 2006, Oleson is focusing her campaign on the “Three E’s”: education, economics and the
environment.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Jeff Kaufmann


      Committee
Clara Oleson Campaign
1888 Fox Ave.
West Branch, IA 52358

Commitee ID #1650


      The District
District includes: Tipton,
Wilton, West Liberty, Durant,
West Branch, Mechanicsville

Harkin ‘02: 55.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.6%
Kerry ‘04:   49.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                         1155 Iowa Ave.
                                                                                     Muscatine, IA 52761
House District 80                                                                          563-263-3057

Nathan Reichert                                                                nathan@nathanreichert.com



Nathan Reichert is serving his 1st term in the Iowa House of Representatives. He will serve on the Appropria-
tions, Economic Growth, Natural Resources and Transportation committees and on the Transportation, Infra-
structure and Capitals Appropriation Subcommittee.
Nathan Karl Reichert was born on July 3, 1970 to E. Karl and Linda Reichert in Muscatine, Iowa. Nathan
graduated from Muscatine High School, where he was active in student government, chorus, theatre, and
debate.
Nathan attended the University of Iowa, where he majored in history. He was a member of the Sigma Pi frater-
nity and served as its President. Due to financial reasons, Nathan put his college career on hold. After working
in the family construction business for one year, he transferred to the University of Northern Colorado. He
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science in 1993.
After college graduation, Nathan returned to Muscatine once again and entered into the real estate and con-
struction business with his father. Nathan obtained his own real estate license in the spring of 1994. He began
Pepperstone Mortgage in 2000. Pepperstone is a mortgage brokerage company that helps people obtain financ-
ing for the purchase of their homes.
Nathan married Rebecca Ann McCleary in 2001. In 2002 his son, Simon Karl Reichert, was born followed by
Spencer James Reichert in 2003.
Nathan currently works at Allsteel as a member of the Customer Support Department. He maintains
Pepperstone Mortgage as a second job and contributes to the Family Real Estate Development and Strawberry
Farm Bed and Breakfast. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management with
a Masters of Business Administration.
The Reicherts attend Wesley United Methodist Church.After the summer of 1995, when Muscatine had no
fireworks on the 4th of July, Nathan refounded the Jaycees so that Muscatine would have a 4 th of July celebra-
tion with fireworks. His efforts led to his Jaycee’s Award of Honor. Nathan served as Chair of the Muscatine
Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. He chaired the Great River Days Turtle Races Committee from 1996
until 2002. Nathan is a member of the Safe Streets Board of Directors.
Nathan owns a family farm that was settled by his mother’s family in the 1890s. It has been in the family for
100 years. He rents the land to local farmers.
Nathan likes to go pheasant hunting and is a member of Pheasants Forever. He particularly likes to spend time
on the Mississippi River on his boat and enjoys water-skiing. He also enjoys cross-country and downhill
skiing, and cave exploration.
      Incumbent
Served one term


      Committee
Committee to Elect Nathan
Reichert
1155 Iowa Ave.
Muscatine, IA 52761

Commitee ID #1553


     The District
District includes: Muscatine

Harkin ‘02: 54.0%
Vilsack ‘02: 50.5%
Kerry ‘04:   47.5%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                     1411 Le Claire St.
                                                                                   Davenport, IA 52803
House District 81                                                                       563-570-6212

Lauren Phelps

Lauren was born January 27, 1952, an only child, to Luther and Marianna McNaughton. Luther, a
WWII veteran and long-time union member, worked for General Mills, Purina, and Western Feeds, and
Marianna was a full-time wife and mother.

Lauren, who grew up in California, relocated to the Midwest in 1980, and in 1987 settled in the Quad
Cities. Her parents followed her in 1989, and both are now buried on Arsenal Island.

Lauren graduated from high school in 1969 and went to work in the clerical field, but returned to
college part-time in her 30’s. She received her B.L.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1989, and
her law degree, also from U. of I., in 1992.

Her son, Randall, who now lives in Michigan, also received his bachelor’s degree from the University
of Iowa, and went on to get his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

Lauren has been involved in law since 1981, first as a legal assistant, and, since 1992, as an attorney
licensed in both Iowa and Illinois. Although Lauren has a general practice which includes civil and
criminal litigation, wills and trusts and small business law, concern for children’s and family issues has
led her to devote a substantial amount of time to family law and representing abused and neglected
children and their families.

In 1996, she was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Award in connection with her work with children
and families. Currently, she volunteers her services as a mediator at the Davenport Civil Rights Com-
mission.

Lauren is also a local business owner and real estate investor. She has had six novels published, in-
cluding two for young adults.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Jamie Van Fossen


      Committee
Lauren Phelps for House
1411 Le Claire St.
Davenport, IA 52803




     The District
District includes: Davenport
Bettendorf

Harkin ‘02: 53.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.5%
Kerry ‘04:   47.8%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                       1607 230th St.
                                                                                   Calamus, IA 52729
House District 83                                                                       563-246-2779

Reg Kauffman

Reg Kauffman was born in Davenport, Iowa September 22, 1942. Reg lived and went to elementary
school in Buffalo, Iowa until the third grade. His family moved to the west end of Davenport, where he
was in the first graduating class of West High School in 1961.

Reg went on to complete four years of apprentice training school and to graduate as a Journeyman Car-
penter. He worked out of Carpenters Local Union 4 for 40 years and retired in 2001.

He married his wife, Shirley, in June of 1962. They presently live on a farm north of Calamus in Clinton
County. They have three children and six grandchildren, which they enjoy very much when they come out
and visit. They like to take them fishing at their ponds or just walk through their woods. Reg enjoys the
outdoors; he likes to bow and water fowl hunt in the fall, and turkey hunt in the spring. The Kauffmans
are confirmed members of Saint Mark Lutheran Church.

He has worked on large construction projects in his 40 plus years as a Union Carpenter and has been a
foreman for many of those years. Reg has never shirked a duty because it was too tough, and has never
asked someone to do something that he would not do himself.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Steve Olson


      Committee
Elect Reg Kauffman
1607 230 St.
Calamus, IA 52729

Commitee ID #1649


     The District
District includes: De Witt,
Camanche, LeClaire, Ground
Mound, Princeton,
Park View

Harkin ‘02: 54.8%
Vilsack ‘02: 51.0%
Kerry ‘04:   48.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                   1515 Kenosha Ct.
                                                                                Davenport, IA 52804
House District 84                                                                     563-650-6140

Elesha Gayman                                                             elesha@eleshagayman.com
                                                                             www.eleshagayman.com


Born and raised in Davenport, Elesha Gayman was the oldest daughter of John and Rebekah “Beckey”
Gayman. John has been a Teamster for the past 35 years and recently retired. Beckey stayed at home to
raise her children and owned her own interior design business. Beckey is currently working part-time
for a chiropractor in Davenport. Elesha also has a younger sister who delivered her first child in No-
vember (a healthy baby boy) and a younger brother who will be graduating from Davenport West High
School this year.
While attending St. Marks preschool and then Trinity Lutheran school in Davenport, Elesha’s interest
was first peeked in politics when in the eighth grade she was nominated to a youth city council initiated
by former alderman and state representative Neil Harrison.
After attending Smart Junior High her freshman year, Elesha graduated from Davenport West High
School where she continued with the Davenport youth city council and student government. Among
other things she was involved in tennis, dance, swimming, debate and even founded the West High
School environmental club.
Elesha attended St. Ambrose University her freshman year of college and spent the first semester of her
sophomore year at Loyola University’s Rome Center in Italy. Upon return to the states she transferred
to the University of Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis
in International Relations. While at Iowa Elesha was involved in the college Democrats and partici-
pated in Synchronized Swimming while working numerous part-time jobs. Including doing extensive
volunteer work with the American Red Cross in the Quad Cites and Grant Wood chapters.
Since college Elesha has been busy serving the community in the non-profit sector as a grant writer and
fundraiser and volunteering her time to numerous organizations. In 2004 she was elected to represent
Iowa at the Democratic National Convention and later worked for John Kerry during the last months of
the election. Since the election she has worked as a clerk for the Iowa Senate and began a job as the
Lead Facilitator for the Safer Foundation’s Youth Empowerment Program.
This past June, Elesha was nominated to the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service where she will
serve 3 years. This fall she began classes at the Quad City Graduate Center for her Masters of Public
Administration through Drake University.
      Incumbent
Incumbent: Jim VanFossen


      Committee
Elesha Gayman for Iowa
1515 Kenosha Court
Davenport, IA 52804

Commitee ID # 1600


     The District
District includes: Davenport,
Eldridge, Walcott,
Blue Grass, Buffalo

Harkin ‘02: 56.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.9%
Kerry ‘04:   47.5%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                      2906 W. 35th St.
                                                                                Davenport, IA 52806
House District 85                                                                       563-391-1919
Jim Lykam                                                                      jlstaterep85@aol.com




Jim Lykam is serving his 3rd term in the Iowa House. He serves as a ranking member on the Transporta-
tion committee and also serves on the Natural Resources and Public Safety committees.
Jim was born and raised in Davenport. He is a graduate of Davenport West High School and Palmer
Junior College. He ran a small business for over 25 years.
Jim and his wife, Barb, have been married for thirty-four years. They live in Davenport. Barb is a
nurse. They have one son: Jeff, 25.
Jim ran for the Legislature to work towards maintaining Iowa’s excellent education system, creating
good jobs, ensuring public safety, and find new ways to grow as a state. Lykam wants future genera-
tions of Iowans to be able to find good jobs and interesting opportunities so they can remain in Iowa.
This will require plans to spur investment capital and to encourage technology-based companies to
locate here. He sees diversification as a way to bring more good paying jobs to Iowa, a winning situa-
tion for the state and its citizens.
Jim has an extensive record of civic involvement. He served on the Davenport Plan & Zoning Com-
mission and currently serves on the Park & Recreation Advisory Committee, chairing the baseball
subcommittee. He has also served as the vice president of the Davenport Colt League, the manager of
the West Pony League, and a member emeritus of the Scott County Humane Society. His memberships
further include the Davenport Moose Lodge, Davenport Masonic Lodge, and the Scottish Rite and
Kaaba Shrine.
      Incumbent
Served three terms


      Committee
Friends of Jim Lykam
2906 W. 35th St.
Davenport, IA 52806

Commitee ID # 1397


     The District
District includes: Davenport

Harkin ‘02: 62.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 59.3%
Kerry ‘04:   51.2%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                              6 Thode Court
                                                                                        Davenport, IA 52802
House District 86                                                                              563-324-7927

Cindy Winckler                                                                     cindywinckler@mchsi.com



Cindy Winckler is serving her 3rd term in the Iowa House. She has been a member of Economic Development
budget subcommittee, ranking member of Labor and Industrial Relations committee, and ranking member of
Education budget subcommittee. She currently serves on the Education, Government Oversight, Judiciary and
Ways and Means committees.
Cindy Winckler was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She moved to Davenport when she was young, and has contin-
ued to be a part of the Davenport community through her adult years. Public service has been a part of her
family background. Her dad owned the snack bar at the Scott County Court House, through an agreement with
the county and the disabled veterans organization. Her mother was a long-time deputy city clerk and city
alderman.
She is a graduate of West High School in Davenport. She earned a BSE in Home Economics from Northeast
Missouri State University and her master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Northern
Iowa. While earning her master’s degree, she received First Place in the UNI research award for her paper,
“Building an Instructional Model for High Schools of the 21st Century.”
Cindy has be a family and consumer science teacher in small and large school districts in Iowa – Davis County,
Pleasant Valley, Calamus and Davenport. Although she still works for the Davenport Schools as a teacher, her
duties now include instructional facilitation for planning, documentation and implementing student achieve-
ment initiatives. Her role as an instructional facilitator has also included the facilitation of the K-12 Guidance
program as well as Safe Schools, At Risk and Homeless Education programs. Cindy was named Who’s Who
Among America’s Teachers in February 2000.
Cindy and her husband, Joe, have been married since 1973. They have two adult children, Joseph Bradley and
Courtney Elizabeth. Her son, Joe, resides in Blue Springs, Missouri, and Courtney and her husband Jeff and
their daughter Evelyn reside in Bloomington, Illinois.
Cindy has been a member of Business and Professional Women for 33 years, and served as national president of
that organization in 1994-95. She gained her passion for issues relating to civil rights, workplace equity, access
to quality education and assuring that quality healthcare is available to everyone through the legislative initia-
tives of this bipartisan organization.
She has received the Legislator of the Year twice for the Area 9 Counseling Association. Cindy was named a
national Flemming Fellow, class of 2003, and participated in the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership
Development program during the summer of 2004.
      Incumbent
Served three terms


      Committee
Winckler for State House
6 Thode Court
Davenport, IA 52802

Commitee ID #1229


     The District
District includes: Davenport

Harkin ‘02: 70.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 68.2%
Kerry ‘04:   60.4%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                4994 Ferres Lane
                                                                             Burlington, IA 52601
House District 87                                                                   319-753-2991

Andrew Hoth

Andrew Hoth is a life-long resident of Southeast Iowa. He practices law at Hoth Law Offices in
Burlington, where he was born and raised. Andrew received his law degree from The University of
Iowa and his undergraduate degree in economics from Monmouth College.

Andrew is married to wife Katie who teaches violin. He is a member of the Des Moines County and
Iowa State Bar Associations, the YMCA and the First Congregational Church. He also presently serves
as chairman of the Burlington North Bottoms Levee and Drainage District Board.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Tom Sands


      Committee
Hoth for House
PO Box 88
Burlington, IA 52601

Commitee ID # 1642


     The District
District includes: West
Burlington, Wapello, Colum-
bus Junction, Mediapolis,
Morning Sun, Fruitland,
Nichols

Harkin ‘02: 56.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 53.6%
Kerry ‘04:   47.3%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                               816 Randall Ln.
                                                                                         Burlington, IA 52601
House District 88                                                                               319-752-5057

Dennis Cohoon

Dennis Cohoon is serving his 10th term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Transportation,
Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee and also serves on Education, Transportation and
Ethics committees.
Dennis was born March 29, 1953 in Burlington, the son of Meril and Marie Cohoon. His father was a railroad
worker for the Burlington Northern and his mother a homemaker. Dennis has two sisters, Judy and Sally, who
both live in Burlington.
Dennis is a lifelong Burlington resident. He attended Burlington High School where he ran track and graduated
in 1971. He then attended Southeastern Community College, earning an associate’s degree in 1974 in business.
From 1973-79, Dennis served in the Iowa Army National Guard, assigned to the 224th Engineer Battalion based
in Burlington.
He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business admin-
istration and business education and minors in special education and psychology. He has done graduate work in
special education at the University of Iowa.
In 1978, he began teaching in the Burlington schools. He is currently a special education teacher at Burlington
High School, where he works with mentally disabled teenagers who need a complete curriculum of specialized
classes.
Dennis and his wife, Sue, were married in 1998. Sue is also a special education teacher in the Burlington
schools working with students who require some special classes.
He got interested in politics beginning with the Kennedy-Nixon Presidential race in 1960 and had worked in
several local races before running himself.
He has represented Iowa House Democrats on the Education Commission of States, which brings together
education leaders from each state to meet and discuss education policy in their state, then share their discus-
sions with leaders from across the nation.
Dennis is a member of the Burlington Education Association, the Geode Education Association, and the Iowa
State Education Association. He is a member of the Des Moines County Democratic Central Committee. He
attends the First Christian Church.
Dennis has a substantial collection of Presidential memorabilia, including buttons, stamps, cards, and busts,
which he has been collecting since he was seven years old. He is also a sports fan, especially of Hawkeye
basketball and New York Yankees baseball.
      Incumbent
Served ten terms


      Committee
Cohoon for Representative
Box 157
Burlington, IA 52601

Commitee ID #376


     The District
District includes: Burlington

Harkin ‘02: 62.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 61.4%
Kerry ‘04:   55.0%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                    3655 Olde Oak LN SW
                                                                                       Iowa City, IA 52240
House District 89                                                                           319-631-4139

Mark Nolte                                                                   mark.nolte@nolteforiowa.com
                                                                                   www.nolteforiowa.com


Mark Nolte was adopted as an infant by Bill and Phyllis Nolte of Sheffield, Iowa. This loving family already
had one other adopted son, Mike. Mark is proud of the values that were instilled by his parents, community and
the church they attended. His father was a feed salesman. His mother was a rural postal carrier.
In high school Mark was a member of the baseball, basketball, golf, quiz bowl and speech teams as well as
participating in band, drama, and student council. Mark was named to the All State Baseball Team and to
represent Sheffield at Boy’s State. When Mark wasn’t involved in a school activity he was working: walking
beans, detassling and the dreaded rock picking. At 15 he started working at a grain and Christmas tree farm.
Mark also would work as a D.J. at the Hampton radio station or wait tables for extra money.
Mark graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Psychology. He worked full time to help pay for the
education. In 1998 Mark met a dance major, who would become his wife, Leslie. Initially they moved to
Chicago but Mark felt like a fish out of water in that big city and after they got married Mark convinced his
new bride that Iowa was where they should raise their family.
Shortly after their first child was born, Leslie decided that the local dance studios were not up to par; they
decided to open one of their own. In 2001 The Nolte Academy of Dance opened its doors with 63 students; that
number has grown to over 600. Leslie is recognized nationally as one of the most innovative choreographers
working with young dancers today. Along with the studio the Noltes now have a retail dance shop. They
understand first hand about the climate for business in Iowa, its strengths and weaknesses – specifically health
care costs.
Mark began working with The Institute for Social and Economic Development in 2001 assisting disadvantaged,
low income Iowan’s and refugees start microenterprises as a means for providing for their families, taking
control of their lives and getting off public assistance. Later Mark would transition to The Abilities Fund and
work exclusively with individuals with disabilities in Iowa and across the nation to assist them with self
employment while managing the Iowa Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program.
In his work, he has had the ability to learn and speak across the nation about economic development for low
income individuals and rural communities. In 2004 Mark co-authored a best practices manual on the subject of
self employment for individuals with disabilities and in the spring of 2005 was recognized by his peers with
election to the National Board of Directors for The Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the membership
organization of the Microenterprise and Microfinance Industry.
The Noltes have three children. Devin, 6; Mia, 4; and Zoe, born in September of 2004. It is for their future that
Mark is willing to make the sacrifice of being a public servant.
   Challenge Race
Incumbent: Sandy Greiner


      Committee
Nolte for Iowa Committee
3655 Olde Oak LN SW
Iowa City, IA 52240

Commitee ID # 1627


      The District
District includes: Washing-
ton, Pleasant Plain, Riverside,
Wellman, Kalona, Lone Tree

Harkin ‘02: 52.3%
Vilsack ‘02: 51.2%
Kerry ‘04:   44.1%




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 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                  Notes:
                                                                                             32500 145th St.
                                                                                        Hillsboro, IA 52630
House District 90                                                                             319-796-4618

John Whitaker                                                                         jwhitaker@netins.net



John Whitaker is serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House and is an Assistant Minority Leader. He is a member
of the Administration and Rules Committee and also serves on the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Trans-
portation committees.
Johns roots in Iowa run deep. His family moved here in 1836. John was born and raised near Hillsboro, Iowa.
He is the son of William D. and Ruth Whitaker. Bill farmed for fifty-one years before retiring in 1998, and
encouraged and taught his three sons to farm. All three began farming in the time from 1977 to 1982. Ruth is a
retired school teacher.
John graduated from Harmony High School in 1974. In 1978, he earned a Bachelors of Science in Animal
Science from Iowa State University. In 1979, he in Agricultural Education earned a B.S. degree from Iowa
State University. Currently, John divides his time between farming and serving in the Iowa Legislature. John
served on the Van Buren County Board of Supervisors for ten years. Previously, he served as the president of
the Iowa Farmers Union. John currently farms with his brother to produce Niman Ranch Pork. His two sons
will soon join the farming operation.
During his employment with the Iowa Farmers Union, John was instrumental in initiating a series of discus-
sions among members about the possibility of starting a marketing cooperative for pork produced in an environ-
mentally sustainable manner. This effort, began in 1997, encouraged more producers to join. John served on
the Steering Committee of this project.
John and his wife, Lorrie J., live near Hillsboro. Lorrie is a teacher who works for AEAIS early access program
with young children who have special needs. They have three children: Gabe, 23; Daniel, 21; and Becca, 16.
John has worked in the Iowa House to provide constructive, knowledgeable leadership on rural and agricultural
issues. Out of a deep concern for our natural environment, he also insists that Iowa must greatly increase its
efforts to produce new energy sources for the nation.
John’s commitment to his community is evident in his many honors, recognitions, and memberships. He
received the Conservation Excellence Award from Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association in 1992,
the Outstanding Young Leader Award from the Iowa Farmers Union in 1992, and was declared an Honorary
Colonel in the Iowa State Militia by Governor Vilsack in January of 1999. Moreover, he co-chaired the Focus
on the Future committee, which raised over $300,000 for Mid-American Baptist Churches to construct an adult
camping center at Forest Lake. He has also been extremely active in the Hillsboro Baptist Church, assuming
many leadership positions. John’s other memberships include the Belmont Masonic Lodge in Hillsboro, the
Keosauqua Rotary Club, Fairfield Shrine Club, and the agricultural working group of the Vision 2010 Board.
From 1980-1985, he was Chair of the Van Buren County Democrats.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Committee to Elect John
Whitaker
32500 145th St.
Hillsboro, IA 52630

Commitee ID #1434


     The District
District includes: Fairfield,
Keosauqua, Eddyville, Agency,
Packwood, Bonaparte

Harkin ‘02: 55.5%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.5%
Kerry ‘04:   44.2%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           503 Grand Ave.
                                                                                         Keokuk, IA 52632
House District 92                                                                           319-524-3643

Phil Wise                                                                              pwise@gatecity.com



Phil Wise is currently serving his 10th term in the Iowa House. He serves on the Commerce, Regulation, and
Labor Committee; the Economic Growth Committee and the Education Committee.
Phil Wise was born September 5, 1946, in Maryville, Missouri. He was raised on the family farm in Taylor
County, Iowa, by his parents, Ralph and Edna Wise.
In high school he learned to become a writer and was editor of the student newspaper. He graduated from
Bedford High School in 1965 and received his bachelor’s degree in history and English from Northwest Mis-
souri State University in 1969. He received his master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in
1973.
Phil and his wife, Chris, have been married since 1966. Chris was a retail clothing store manager for many
years and now works part-time. They have one son, Todd, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.
Phil taught two years in Shenandoah after graduation, and then moved to Keokuk where he taught for 32 years.
While teaching he spent summers earning a master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State in social studies
education. He has done additional graduate work at the University of Iowa, Drake University and Western
Illinois University.
Phil retired from the classroom in 2003. He has started a small business, “Wise Consulting.”
Phil was first elected to Iowa House in 1986. He has held leadership positions on the House Economic Devel-
opment and Education Committees. As Economic Development Chair, Phil had a hand in writing many of the
first business development and job creation programs in Iowa. Phil now serves as one of four legislative mem-
bers on the board of the Department of Economic Development. He traveled to Japan, Hong Kong and Korea as
part of a trade mission to market Iowa products.
Phil has an active background in Democratic politics. He served as chair of the Lee County Democratic Party
from 1982-86. He was a delegate to both the 1984 and 1996 Democratic national conventions. Phil was a
national vice-chairperson of Senator Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign. He was a recipient of the Iowa
Democratic Party’s top award for service, The Dixon Terry Award. He is also on the Advisory Board of State
Legislators for the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), a national organization founded in 1985 by centrist
Democrats (including Bill Clinton and Al Gore) to expand the Democratic Party’s base. The DLC has named
Phil as one of “The Hundred to Watch” in the national Democratic Party.
Phil is a member of the National Education Association, ISEA-Retired, and the Elks. In his free time he enjoys
home improvement projects, antiquing, travel and reading.
      Incumbent
Served ten terms


      Committee
Wise Voters
503 Grand Ave.
Keokuk, IA 52632

Commitee ID #:315


     The District
District includes: Fort Madi-
son, Montrose, Keokuk

Harkin ‘02: 66.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 68.5%
Kerry ‘04:   58.5%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           509 E. Fourth St.
                                                                                         Ottumwa, IA 52501
House District 93                                                                             641-682-6417
Mary Gaskill                                                                           marygaskill@msn.com



Mary Gaskill is serving her 2nd term in the Iowa House. She serves as ranking member of the Local Govern-
ment committee and on the Environmental Protection and State Government committees. She also serves on
the Administration/Regulation Budget Subcommittee.
Mary grew up on a small family farm in Northwest Missouri. She is the daughter of Andrew and Lucille, Mary
moved to Iowa in 1962 and has lived in Ottumwa since 1966.
After graduation from high school in 1959, Mary attended Business School at Gard University in St. Joseph,
Missouri. In addition to her State Representative service Mary enjoys doing community volunteer work in
Ottumwa. Previously, Mary completed twenty-two years of dedicated service to Wapello County, sixteen as
County Auditor and six as clerk to the County Auditor.
Mary and her husband, Jim, reside in Ottumwa. Jim is a retired Iowa State Trooper. They have four children
all living in Iowa. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.
Mary seeks to represent the hard working families of her district. She believes that farmers and small business
owners are the backbone of Iowa’s economy and, therefore, advocates that we do all that we can to enable them
to prosper. Moreover, she feels that her experience growing up and working on a farm provides her with a firm
understanding of agricultural issues and her husband was previously a small business owner.
 Mary is concerned about the future of our schools. In particular, she supports smaller class sizes, higher wages
for teachers, and preventing harassment in schools so that Iowa can remain a great place to bring up a family.
She likes being able to help constituents with problem solving and is looking forward to a third term at the State
House. Mary has a lot of political experience, having personally run for State Representative three times prior
to now and four campaigns for County Auditor. In addition, she has served on the County/City Jail Planning
Committee, worked on the Local Option Sales Tax Committee, and actively participated in Planning Meetings
for the City of Ottumwa, and is a past chair of the Wapello County Democrats.
Over the years, Mary has been extremely active in her community. In 2001, she received a Volunteer Award
from Governor Vilsack for her work on the Foster Care Review Board. She is currently a member of the
Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, previously serving on the Convention
and Visitors Bureau. She also belongs to the League of Women Voters, Toastmasters International, Catholic
Daughters of America, and St. Mary of the Visitation Church.
Mary continues to focus on serving her community by supporting legislation that will improve Iowa to make it
a great place to live.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Gaskill for State
Representative
509 East 4th St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Commitee ID #1376


     The District
District includes: Ottumwa,
Blakesburg, Chillicothe

Harkin ‘02: 65.0%
Vilsack ‘02: 63.0%
Kerry ‘04:   50.1%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                              504 North Davis
                                                                                         Bloomfield, IA 52537
House District 94                                                                               641-664-2455

Kurt Swaim                                                                                rkswaim@netins.net




Kurt Swaim is serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House. He is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee also
and serves on the Agriculture Committee, Economic Growth Committee and the Justice Systems Appropriations
Subcommittee.

Kurt was born and raised in Davis County. He is the son of Basil and Betty Swaim. Basil was a rural mail
carrier and Betty worked as a teacher’s aide when not working in the home.

Kurt graduated from Davis County High School before attending Iowa Wesleyan. After graduating with a
degree in economics and business administration, he went to the University of Iowa Law School. Kurt’s first
job was as an associate attorney with Lundy, Butler, Wilson & Hall in Eldora from 1975-1978. He then served
as the senior staff attorney in the Northeast Regional Office of Legal Services Corporation of Iowa in Dubuque
from 1978-1981.

Currently, Kurt is a partner in a two-person law firm in Bloomfield with his son, Justin, and serves as a board
member and secretary-treasurer for Citizens Mutual Telephone Company in Bloomfield. In the past, Kurt
served as the Davis County Attorney for thirteen years.

Kurt and his wife, Julie, have four children and three grandchildren. Julie works in the law office. Both are
active members of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Kurt is a past chair of both the church’s adminis-
trative board and finance committee. He has also served as Lay Leader and is currently the Lay representative
for the annual conference. He has also been active in the Lions Club and the Masons in the past. He served as
both president and treasurer of the Lions Club.

Kurt ran for the Statehouse because of the budget crisis. He believes rural Iowa offers a great quality of life. He
wants to work hard to see that rural Iowa is not left out as opportunities are expanded for all Iowans. This
includes ensuring that local schools and county governments receive adequate authority from the state so they
can be both economically efficient, and accessible to all citizens.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Swaim for House
504 N. Davis
Bloomfield, IA 52537

Commitee ID #1357


     The District
District includes: Bloomfield,
Centerville, Wayne, Mystic,
Seymour, Moravia

Harkin ‘02: 55.1%
Vilsack ‘02: 52.7%
Kerry ‘04:   45.8%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                   702 New York Ave.
                                                                                    Creston, IA 50801
House District 95                                                                       641-782-2693

Mike Reasoner                                                                       mreasoner@ll.net



Mike Reasoner is serving his 2nd term in the Iowa House. He was elected an Assistant Minority Leader
by the House Democrats. He serves on the Administration and Rules Committee, the Public Safety
Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Ways and Means Committee, and the Agriculture
Committee.
Mike was born in Davenport and raised in Creston. After graduation from Creston High School, Mike
earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate from Creighton University.
For twelve years he owned and operated his own business - Reasoner Oil Company - a farm and indus-
trial oil supplier.
Mike and his wife, Margaret, live in Creston. Margaret is a dental hygienist. They have three children:
Will, 14; Annette, 10; and John, 7. They attend Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Prior to serving in the Iowa Legislature, Mike served two terms as a Union County Supervisor, provid-
ing him with eight years of experience managing a public budget and dealing with issues involving
local, state, and federal laws.
He was interested in serving in the legislature in order to improve the quality of life for all Iowans.
With three young children, he is especially interested in making sure our schools continue to maintain
their high level of excellence, thus opening the doors of opportunity to future generations. Mike places
a lot of importance on community values. He has served his fellow citizens in many ways. He served
as the chair of the Region XIV Workforce Investment Board from 1997 - 2004, on the Innovative
Industries Board of Trustees from 1995 - 2001, and on the Midwest Opportunities Board of Trustees
from 2000 - present.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Reasoner for State
Representative
702 New York Ave.
Creston, IA 508081

Commitee ID #1343


     The District
District includes: Creston,
Osceola, Leon, Lamoni, Afton

Harkin ‘02: 56.6%
Vilsack ‘02: 56.2%
Kerry ‘04:   47.2%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                             PO Box 198
                                                                                   Silver City, IA 51571
House District 98                                                                         712-525-9137

Sally Vitamvas                                                                 info@sallyvitamvas.com




Sally Vitamvas was a candidate for State House in 2004. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska; her
parents were homesteading in the wilderness area. Her father was a civil engineer, an expert on sanitary
sewers and treatment plants. As a result, her family moved frequently while Sally was growing up.

After graduating from Huron High School in South Dakota, Sally attended South Dakota State
University.

Sally has three children. Gretchen, Richard, and John.

Sally moved to Silver City, Iowa and built a home near her parents to help care for them. Sally worked
on getting adequate phone service in Silver City since shortly after her arrival. After her mother
suffered a stroke, when the local phone service was not working, Sally realized that the inadequate
phone service wasn’t just an inconvenience but also a potential disaster. Luckily Sally, living nearby her
parents, was able to drive her mother to the hospital, but many of the town’s elderly lived alone. Sally
was able to garner more attention to the problem after her mother’s stroke and continued the successful
effort to get the phone situation rectified.
      Open Seat


      Committee
Vitamvas for Iowa House
PO Box 198
Silver City, IA 51571

Commitee ID # 1616


     The District
District includes: Glenwood,
Oakland, Carson, Macedonia,
Silver City, Treynor

Harkin ‘02: 37.7%
Vilsack ‘02: 40.8%
Kerry ‘04:   35.0%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                                315 Park Ave.
                                                                                      Council Bluffs, IA 51503
House District 99                                                                               712-323-5552

Will Reger                                                                                  revwill1@aol.com



Will Reger is a retired United Church of Christ pastor and ten-year resident of Council Bluffs.

Will was born in Goshen, New York, Home of the Hamiltonian, October 1, 1939, and was raised in Newton,
New Jersey, where his father was an osteopathic physician and mother a teacher and school librarian. He
graduated from Newtown High in 1957. He majored in American Literature at Middlebury College in Vermont
in 1961. After a year teaching English in the Brentwood, Long Island, Senior High, Will entered Andover
Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, graduating with a BD in 1966. He was married
and ordained that same year.

Will has served parishes in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Nebraska. Following
his retirement in 202, he has served churches as an interim minister.

Throughout his professional career, Will has engaged in social action by helping to organize and participating
in organizations designed to serve people who have been marginalized in our society. In Council Bluffs, he has
been a volunteer with organizations for and with people with mental health issues, and is a recipient of the
Mary Vincent McDermott Award, annually given to a mental health volunteer.

In the past, Will has been: a charter member and treasurer of Interfaith Counseling and Action Program, a
ministry to homeless people in New Haven, Connecticut; a charter member of the Addison County Community
Action Group, a board of directors made up of half people living in poverty and half those who would help
them in Middlebury, Vermont; and Hanover United for Unity, Diversity, and Non-Violence, a community-wide
effort in Hanover, Pennsylvania, to help people understand each other.

Will is married to Elizabeth Hostetter. He has two daughters. Tina lives in Rhode Island with her husband Steve
Lallo and their son, Darek. Kathryn is a school psychologist in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has a
stepdaughter, Ann Small who is a cardiac nurse in Hanover, and a stepson, Gene Garrett, Jr., a farmer in Afton,
Iowa.

Will hopes to win a seat in the Iowa legislature so he can be a voice for the quiet voices in our society today.
  Challenge Race
Incumbent: Doug Struyk


      Committee
Will Reger for Iowa HD99
315 Park Ave.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Commitee ID # 1653


     The District
District includes: Council
Bluffs

Harkin ‘02: 47.9%
Vilsack ‘02: 48.7%
Kerry ‘04:   43.2%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


                                 Notes:
                                                                                           3018 Avenue M
                                                                                   Council Bluffs, IA 51501
House District 100                                                                   712-325-0638 (home)

Paul Shomshor                                                                          402-203-8721 (cell)
                                                                                    shomshor@yahoo.com



Paul is serving his second term as a State Representative. He was first elected to the Iowa House in a special
election in August 2003. He is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of his own accounting practice. He
is married to Sarah. Sarah is a nurse, currently teaching nursing at Methodist College of Nursing. He is
ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee and serves on the Commerce, Regulation and Labor
Committee, and the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Appropriation Subcommittee.

His father, Paul Shomshor Sr., was an AT&T employee and worked in cable manufacturing plant for 33 years as
a cable jacketing inspector and an IBEW member. He is now retired. His mother, Betty Shomshor, worked as a
Postal clerk for 26 years and an APWU member; she is now retired.

Paul was born in Council Bluffs and grew up in Crescent, Iowa. He graduated from Council Bluffs, graduating
from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School in 1985. He earned a BBA in Accounting in 1989 and a
Masters Degree in Taxation in 1990 both from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Paul was first elected to the Iowa House in a special election in August 2003. Paul served on the Council
Bluffs City Council from 1998 until 2001. He ran for the Fifth District Congressional Seat in 2002.

Before starting his own practice, he has previously worked as a Tax Manager at ConAgra Foods Inc., for nine
years.

Paul attends Broadway United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Council Bluffs West-end Optimists
and the Council Bluffs Jaycees. He was a Junior Achievement Instructor.
      Incumbent
Served two terms


      Committee
Shomshor for Iowa House
3018 Avenue M
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Commitee ID # 1490


     The District
District includes: Council
Bluffs, Carter Lake

Harkin ‘02: 53.2%
Vilsack ‘02: 54.7%
Kerry ‘04:   43.2%




 Note: Kerry numbers do not
 reflect all absentee ballots.


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