Tonight 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.
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