The Humboldt County GOP will be hosting a debate tonight for the candidates running in House District Eight. Tonight’s debate will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Humboldt County Court House in Dakota City. Two of the three candidates running for the Republican nomination in House District 8 will participate in a candidate forum, Steve Richards and Tom Shaw. The third candidate, Alissa Wagner declined the invitation to participate.
The seat is currently held by Democratic State Representative Dolores Mertz. Mertz has announced her retirement and will not seek re-election. 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.
Craig Robinson of TheIowaRepublican.com will serve as the moderator of the debate.
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