Republican Stan Gustafson emerged victorious in the special election for Iowa House District 25. Gustafson handily dispatched Democrat nominee Pam Deichmann 1,619-694. Gustafson acquired 69.995% of the vote.
“I’m very honored to have people vote me in,” Gustafson told TheIowaRepublican.com. “I’ve had some people comment on being out and meeting people and doing those kinds of things. I do appreciate that because I’ve met a lot of nice people and I think they appreciate somebody who wants to come talk to them and find out what they’re thinking about various issues.”
Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) quickly congratulated the newest member of the legislature. Gustafson’s victory gives Republicans a 53-47 majority.
“Congratulations to Stan, he will be a welcomed addition to the Iowa House of Representatives,” Paulsen said. “He truly has a heart for service and will be a dedicated legislator who puts the people of Iowa first. “
Gustafson is an experienced Republican volunteer who specializes in doorknocking to sign voters up for absentee balloting. This time, he used those skills for his own campaign and built up a nearly 500 vote early lead. That cushion helped propel Gustafson to victory.
“The first thing I did in terms of the gathering tonight is thanking everybody,” Gustafson said. “I had people from Cedar Rapids, Polk County, Dallas County, people I’ve helped in the past returned the favor. Clearly they felt a bond and a closeness. I really do appreciate it and they know it.”
House District 25 includes parts of Madison and Warren counties. The seat became available when Republican Rep. Julian Garrett won a special election to fill the vacancy in Iowa Senate District 13.
“I’m looking forward to working in the legislature and serving the people in the district,” Gustafson said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Stan Gustafson is former U.S. Marine. After completing a tour of Vietnam, he participated in the Reserves for the next 23 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He then used the GI Bill to attend law school and eventually opened his own practice, focusing on international law.
Gustafson’s wife Betty is a Dallas County native. The couple retired in Madison County so they could be closer to their grandchildren.
NOTE: Updated with reaction from Speaker Paulsen
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