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April 16, 2014

Local candidates gear up for primary election


Federal candidates already are stumping for votes in the area as well. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, visited with Prairie Hills residents Tuesday in Clinton to promote his run for a U.S. Senate seat while Congressional hopeful Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a Repulican, announced her campaign to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack. Republicans Mark Lofgren and Matthew Waldren will also challenge the incumbent.

”The local campaign won’t really hit hard until around mid-summer,” he said. “I’m sure in the fall, it’ll be interesting.”

Clinton County Democratic Chairwoman Jean Pardee doesn’t expect any Democratic candidates will get involved in the early campaigning. For Iowa Democrats, getting out early is not necessary because none of them are being challenged at the primary.

“We don’t have any conflicts of that kind this year,” Pardee said. “We really don’t have more than one candidate (voters) have to choose from. We were at three for governor but now we’re back down to one.”

Jack Hatch will be the Democratic candidate facing off against incumbent Terry Branstad for the governor’s seat in the General Election.

Because they don’t have to spend too much time or energy on the primary campaign, Clinton County Democrats instead will focus on advocating for the Democratic nominees who already have been chosen.

In addition to Hatch, Braley and Loebsack, three other Democrats will be on the General Election ballot.

Gayle Dolan of DeWitt and Jim West of Clinton will try for a seat at the Clinton County Supervisors table and Maggie Stafford will run against Republican Scott Judd for the Clinton County Recorder position.

While Pardee and the rest of the organization pledge not to pick a side for any of the individual candidates, their process is a little easier without the challenge for the primary that the Republicans face.

“As a party we pretty much just work with the candidates to help get their names out, but it gets a little tricky when you have a primary,” she said.

The primary election is set for June 3.

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