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April 8th, 2010

HD 8 Debate Tonight in Humboldt

HD 8 DebateThe 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 will serve as the moderator of the debate.

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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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