CLINTON — Seven candidates are competing in Tuesday’s primary for their party’s nomination for U.S. Representative in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District.

The seat is being vacated by eight-term Rep. Jim Nussle, who is the lone Republican candidate for Iowa gubernatorial nomination.

The district includes Butler, Blackhawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Jackson, Jones and Scott counties.

Seeking the Democratic nomination are Bruce Braley, Rick Dickinson, Bill Gluba and Denny Heath.

Bruce Braley

Braley, of Waterloo, has served on the platform committees of Black Hawk County, the 1st Congressional District and the 2nd Congressional District. He is the past president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association and has served as president of Waterloo Dollars for Scholars, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa and Black Hawk Swimming Association Inc. He has been an elder in his church and on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Association, the Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission and the Waterloo Swimming Association.

Rick Dickinson

Dickinson, of Sabula, is an eastern Iowa native. He grew up on a rural Jackson County farm and graduated from William Penn College in 1975. Dickinson spent four years as a state corrections officer in Jackson County and is a former mayor of Sabula. He also has served as a Jackson County Supervisor and was elected twice to represent Jackson and southern Dubuque counties in the Iowa Legislature.

Bill Gluba

Gluba, of Davenport, worked as a union construction laborer to pay tuition at St. Ambrose College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also received his master’s from the University of Iowa. Gluba served in the Iowa Legislature, one term as a Representative and two terms as a Senator, and has served as chairman of the Scott County Board of Supervisors.

Gluba has been a Democratic activist for more than 30 years and is a licensed real estate agent with RE/MAX River Cities Inc. in Bettendorf. Nussle defeated Gluba in 2004.

Denny Heath, of Clinton, is a former teacher, former owner of several small businesses and recently retired from working as a railroad conductor for Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and Amtrak. He received an Associate of Arts from Clinton Community College in 1967, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 1970 and a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa in 1974. Heath worked as a Medical Technician at Jane Lamb Hospital in Clinton in 1970 and was a teacher at Bryon Community Schools from 1970 to 1971. Heath served as president of the “S” Corporation from 1983 to 1990. He failed to capture the party’s nomination in 2004 and ran in the general election as an independent.

Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination,State Rep. Bill Dix, Brian Kennedy and Mike Whalen.

Bill Dix, of Shell Rock, is currently a State Representative. He is vice chairman of the Administration and Rules Committee and is on the Appropriations, Commerce and Regulation and Local Government committees. He was first elected to the Statehouse in 1996 and has served five two-year terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He is a member of the Lions Club, Shell Rock Music Association, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association,and Rotary Club. Dix is a farmer.

Brian Kennedy, of Bettendorf, is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. He was raised in eastern Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University and Drake University Law School. Kennedy has been a member of the Republican National Committee and has served as co-chairman of the Republican National Convention Platform Committee. He is a past executive director of the Republican Governors Association and has served as a political adviser or campaign manager to former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, as well as for U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Elizabeth Dole. Kennedy is a founder of Progress for America and Campaign of One. He is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Bettendorf Rotary Club and the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce. Kennedy lives in Bettendorf and practices law in Davenport.

Mike Whalen, of Davenport, received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Illinois in 1975 and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1978. He has developed several hotels and restaurants in Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois. Whalen was co-founder of KZZQ-FM, a contemporary Christian radio station in Des Moines. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine in 1991 and received an Entrepreneurial Success Award from the U.S. Small Business Association in 1993. He served as a board member for the National Center for Policy Analysis for four years and was policy chairman for one year. He was the Iowa state chairman for the For Our Grandchildren organization, as well as the National Town Hall Chairman, from 2003 to 2004.

Primary election polling places

Precinct Polling place

Clinton Ward 1-1 City Hall, 611 S. Third St.

Clinton Ward 1-2 Chancy Lutheran Church, 2315 Wallace St.

Clinton Ward 2-1 Washington Middle, 751 Second Ave. South.

Clinton Ward 2-2 GATCI, 1951 Manufacturing Drive.

Clinton Ward 3-1 County Courthouse, 612 N. Second St.

Clinton Ward 3-2 Ericksen Center, 1401 11th Ave. North.

Clinton Ward 4-1 Administration Building, 1900 N. Third St.

Clinton Ward 4-2 Church of the Open Door, 816 13th Ave. North.

Bloomfield Township Delmar Depot, 414 Clinton Ave.

Brookfield Township Cain’s Garage, Elwood.

Camanche Township Camanche Administration Center, 702 13th Ave.

Camanche 1 St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 808 Third St.

Camanche 2 Immanuel Lutheran, 1519 S. Washington Blvd.

Center Township Rodewald Bldg., 2195 379th Ave., Elvira.

Deep Creek Township Goose Lake City Hall.

DeWitt Township DeWitt Annex, 329 E. 11th St.

DeWitt 1st Precinct DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th St.

DeWitt 2nd Precinct American Legion Post 238, 704 Ninth St.

Eden Township Low Moor Community Center.

Elk River Andover Fire Station.

Grant Township St. John’s, 2098 190th St., Grand Mound.

Hampshire Township Tebbe’s Feed Store, 4093 Iowa 136.

Liberty Township Toronto Fire Station.

Olive Township Calamus Town Hall.

Orange Twp. Grand Mound Community Center.

Sharon Township Lost Nation City Hall, 301 Pleasant St.

Spring Rock Twp. Wheatland City Hall, 205 E. Jefferson St.

Washington Twp. Community Care, 1611 330th Ave.

Waterford Township Charlotte Activity Center, Broadway St.

Welton Township Buzzy’s, 414 Main St., Welton.

For more information, log on to or call the Clinton County Auditor’s Office at 244-0568.

Candidate list

CLINTON — The following is a list of candidates who will appear on ballots for Tuesday’s primary election in Iowa. Based on legislative districts, not all candidates will be on all ballots. The winners of the party primaries will square off in the Nov. 7 general election.


Democrats: Mike Blouin, Chet Culver, Ed Fallon, Sal Mohamed.

Republican: Jim Nussle.

Secretary of State

Democrat: Michael A. Mauro.

Republicans: Chuck Allison, Robert C. Dopf.

Auditor of State

Democrats: None.

Republicans: David A. Vaudt.

Treasurer of State

Democrat: Michael L. Fitzgerald.

Republicans: None.

Secretary of Agriculture

Democrats: Denise O’Brien, Dusky Terry.

Republicans: Karey Claghorn, Mark Leonard, Bill Northey.

Attorney General

Democrat: Tom Miller.

Republicans: None.

U.S. Representative, District 1

Democrats: Bruce Braley, Rick Dickinson, Bill Gluba, Denny Heath.

Republicans: Bill Dix, Brian Kennedy, Mike Whalen.

State Senator, District 13

Democrat: Roger T. Stewart.

Republican: LaMetta K. Wynn.

State Representative, Dist. 25

Democrat: Thomas J. Schueller.

Republican: David Bevan Kendell.

State Representative, Dist. 26

Democrat: Polly Bukta.

Republican: Lester A. Shields.

State Representative, Dist. 83

Democrat: Reg Kauffman.

Republican: Steven Olson.

Clinton County Board of Supervisors (two seats)

Democrat: Dennis G. Starling

Republicans: Jill M. Davisson, Lewis L. Todtz

County Treasurer

Democrats: None.

Republican: Rhonda L. McIntyre.

County Recorder

Democrats: None.

Republican: Stephen G. Mangan.

County Attorney

Democrats: None.

Republican: Mike Wolf.

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