February 12th, 2010

GOP Candidate Forum in House District 8 Tonight

HD8Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the two candidates running for the Republican nomination in House District 8 will participate in a candidate forum. The event will be held at the Prairie Lakes AEA, which is located at 500 N.E. 6th Street in Pocahontas.

Participating in tonight’s forum is the Republican candidate from 2008, Dr. Stephen Richards. Richards nearly knocked off a long-time conservative in his race in 2008. Richards lost to Democratic State Representative Dolores Mertz by just 42 votes.

His primary opponent is Tom Shaw, the Chief of Police in Laurens. Shaw initially planned to run as an independent in the general election, but instead, will seek the Republican nomination this June. Shaw said that his decision to run as a Republican was inspired by the courageous actions of State Rep. Kent Sorenson and the Iowa Family Policy Center. Shaw noted in his announcement that both Sorenson and IFPC stood up to the morally compromised Republican Party leaders. Shaw has been endorsed by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and the Pocahontas County Republican Party.

If Republicans in the State House are to take back the majority, they will likely need to win this seat next fall. The district does have a Democratic voter registration edge, but Republicans have run well in the area before.

I am honored to have been chosen to moderate the forum tonight. I’m looking forward to hearing where both Dr. Richards and Mr. Shaw stand on the issues. Check back to read the analysis of tonight’s forum.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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