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March 21, 2014

Panel: Bisignano should stay on Iowa ballot

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DES MOINES —

Shultz agreed.

"Mr. Bisignano has the right to run for election as well as the right to vote as does anyone else who would fall under this challenge," he said.

Bisignano and Chiodo are running in a Democratic primary for a Des Moines senate seat being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch. Assistant Attorney General Nathan Blake also is running in the June 3 election.

Bisignano served six years in the Iowa House and was an Iowa senator from 1987 to 1997, rising to become its president pro tem. He resigned amid scandal, which included having a loaded shotgun during an altercation with a woman with whom he had an affair. He has vowed to give up alcohol.

Chiodo, 71, served five terms in the Iowa House from the late 1970s to mid-1980s.

Dickey said he will appeal to Polk County District Court and ask the judge to expedite the case. If that is unsuccessful he plans to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.

"This issue is much too important to leave unresolved. As the panel indicated, there's clearly some ambiguity between the constitution and the statute and we think the voters of Senate District 17 deserve some resolution, and frankly all the voters of the state of Iowa need resolution on this important issue," he said.

Bisignano, in a campaign statement, criticized Chiodo's "win-at-all-cost strategy."

"We think that it's the best thing for Iowans to be able to decide who they vote for in an election," Bisignano's attorney, Joseph Glazebrook, said in an interview. "We'd rather have the voters in District 17 make that call than a panel of executive branch officers."

The case must be resolved by early April in time for county election officials to get ballots printed, Schultz said.

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