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December 7th, 2012

Republican Candidate Declares in HD 52, Spiker Running Again for RPI Chairman

The former publisher of the New Hampton Tribune has announced his intentions to seek the GOP nomination for the House District 52 seat. Dan Feuling, who grew up in New Hampton, says Governor Branstad encouraged him to run. The seat opened when Democrat Brian Quirk announced his resignation last week. School teacher Tom Sauser is seeing the Democrat nomination.

The New Hampton Tribune was owned by the Feuling family for many years. He was the third generation to own it, beginning in 1974. Feuling also served as president of the Iowa Newspaper Association in 1992. Prior to that, he graduated from Drake University with a degree in business and spent five years working for Maytag as a regional sales manager.

“I consider myself a common sense conservative for limited government because I think people run their own lives better than any government,” Feuling said in a press release. “I would consider it an honor to work for you and the people of this great state if you give me that opportunity in January.”

House District 52 covers all of Chickasaw and Floyd counties, and part of Cerro Gordo County. The date for the GOP nominating commission has not yet been announced. The special election is set for January 22.

Spiker Wants to Stay, Iowa Dem Leaders Want to Leave

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker has been calling State Central Committee members this week telling them he plans to run for another term. Current Co-Chair Bill Schickel has also expressed interest in running for chairman.

Current SCC member Wes Enos tells he plans to seek the co-chairman position. RPI officer elections will take place January 5.

Meanwhile, the top two leaders of the Iowa Democratic Party plan to step down. Chair Sue Dvorsky and Executive Director Norm Sterzenbach will leave their positions next month. Much of the talk about a new IDP chair has centered on State Rep. Tyler Olson (D-Cedar Rapids).

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