Mark Cisneros, the vice-chair of the Muscatine County GOP, has decided to run for the Iowa House District 91 seat. He becomes the third Republican candidate in the race. The district is currently represented by Mark Lofgren (R-Muscatine), who is running for Congress in 2014. Lofgren’s daughter, Emily, and Muscatine City Councilman Mark LeRette have also announced their intentions to run in HD 91.
“Because of my volunteer work, being a business owner and raising a family, I have the life experiences that qualify me to represent District 91,” Cisneros told TheIowaRepublican.com.
Former State Senator Jim Hahn first approached Cisneros about running for the seat two months ago. Following deliberation with other politicos and his wife, as well as much prayer, he decided to join the crowded GOP field.
“We’re excited about our primary opponents, because we will sharpen each other, making the primary winner strong in the general election,” Cisneros said.
Mark Cisneros, 43, and his wife own Shop 2 Drop in Muscatine Mall. They have five children and one grandchild. Cisneros is active in his church and is the former president of the Muscatine Center for Non-Profits.
Cisneros is originally from California. He moved his family to Iowa five years ago and quickly got involved in local politics. Cisneros was a member of “Juntos Con Romney”, a statewide coalition that supported Mitt Romney for president in the 2012 general election.
If Mark Cisneros emerges victories in the Republican primary, he vows to serve all of his constituents, regardless of political affiliation.
“Maintaining a balance budget and spending less than we collect, is a Muscatine issue, not a Republican or Democrat issue,” Cisneros said. “Being a representative means I would represent everybody. If a Democrat, independent or Republican call or email my office, if I’m fortunate enough to be their representative, they will all receive equal attention and the service they deserve.”
The Cisneros campaign will hold an official kickoff on Saturday, August 17 at the Riverfront in Muscatine. No Democrat has announced plans to run for the seat yet, although it is believed John Dabeet, who unsuccessfully challenged Mark Lofgren in 2012, will try again.
The city of Muscatine comprises most of House District 91. It is evenly split among party lines, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans by just 11 registered voters as of July 1.
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