Joni Ernst of Red Oak won the Republican nomination for the Senate District 48 special election tonight to replace Kim Reynolds, who resigned her Senate seat after being elected Iowa’s next Lt. Governor.
The special election has been set for Tuesday, January 4, 2011.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn said today, “A few weeks ago, Iowans overwhelmingly voted to bring conservative, principled government to Des Moines. Joni will make a tremendous advocate for smaller government solutions that incentivize private sector investment in Iowa’s rural communities. Iowa Republicans will work tirelessly to ensure Joni has the support and resources necessary for victory on January 4.”
Senate District 48 covers seven counties in Southern Iowa including Montgomery, Adams, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, Clarke and Decatur.
Following her victory, Joni Ernst, Republican Candidate for Senate District 48 said, “I am honored to receive the nomination, and humbled by the support of people across the district. I look forward to earning the privilege of serving in the Iowa Senate.”
Joni and her husband, Gail, reside in Red Oak, with their three daughters. She has served as the Auditor of Montgomery County since 2004. Joni has 18 years of service in the US Army Reserves and Iowa Army National Guard and she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004.
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