WINTERSET – The Iowa Democratic Party had a difficult time finding a candidate to run for the Iowa House in the special election for District 25. Their nominating convention was held a full week after the Republicans, giving GOP nominee Stan Gustafson a big head start. The Democrats finally found their nominee on Monday. She had to phone in to their convention to accept the nomination.
Pam Deichmann is the Demcrats’ pick for HD 25, by default. She was apparently the only candidate interested in running. Three Republicans vied for the GOP nomination last week.
Deichmann is a Winterset native and longtime liberal activist. She publicly attached herself to Al Gore’s campaign back in 1999. Deichmann serves as president of the Iowa Public Health Association, an advocacy group. Apparently busy with family obligations, Deichmann accepted the nomination by telephone and had a surrogate read her speech.
House District 25 includes parts of Warren and Madison counties. The seat became open when Rep. Julian Garrett won the special election for the Iowa Senate in District 13. Republicans hold a voter registration advantage of more than 1,700, and Gustafson has a sizable lead in absentee ballot requests.
Handing the nomination to a candidate who was not even present made for one of the oddest nominating conventions in recent history. You can watch the video below:
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