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November 18th, 2010

Joni Ernst Announces bid for Kim Reynolds Iowa Senate Seat

Joni Ernst has announced her bid for the Iowa Senate in District 48. Earlier today State Senator Kim Reynolds resigned her seat as she is the Lieutenant Governor-elect. The district covers all of Montgomery, Adams, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, Clarke, and Decatur Counties in southern Iowa. Governor Culver has five days to set the date of the Special Election, according to Iowa State Law, and the election will be set within the next forty days.

Joni Ernst said today, “I look forward to serving the people of Senate District 48 and making sure government is once again accountable to the people. We need to reduce the size of government and get it back to serving the people. We, the people, also know how to spend, save, and invest our paychecks better than government.”

Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Reynolds and State Representative Cecil Dolecheck have endorsed Joni Ernst for the Iowa State Senate.

Joni Ernst has a lifetime of service to Southern Iowa, born and raised in Montgomery County and is serving her sixth year as Montgomery County Auditor. She has served 18 years in the US Army Reserves and the Iowa Army National Guard; currently serving at the rank of Major in the Iowa Army National Guard and is assigned as Operations Branch Chief, Logistics, with Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. In this time Ernst spent 14 months mobilized and overseas in Kuwait in 2003-2004, at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ernst has a Bachelors of Science degree from Iowa State University, and Masters of Public Administration from Columbus College. Joni, and husband Gail, have been married for 18 years and share three daughters. They are members of Mamrelund Lutheran Church of Stanton where they teach Sunday school.

Ernst continued, “I have a career of service and dedication to the people of Iowa. I want to continue service in the Iowa Senate, and look forward to representing the voters.”

The special nominating convention for the Republican Party’s nominee will take place in Creston on Tuesday, November 23, at 7pm.  Democrats are set to nominate Ruth Smith, who ran against Reynolds in 2008.  Smith began campaigning for Reynolds seat before the November 2nd elections.

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