The announcement has been officialy made, Governor Branstad is appointing Marion Democrat Senator Swati Dandekar to the Iowa Utilities Board. The Utilities Board is a full time job and Dandekar will resign her seat to take the position. With the Democrats holding onto a slim 26-24 lead a special election for Dandekar’s seat gives Republicans the chance to make a 25-25 tie in the Senate.
During this legislative session, Senator Majority Leader Gronstal has used his majority to prevent even discussionof a number of issues important to the Governor and House Republican majoity. The Governor now has a five day window in which to call for a special election.
The first step in this process will be for special nominating conventions to choose nominees from both parties. Next will be a short campaign and election. The stakes in this one could not be higher. I am calling for my fellow Republicans from all over the state to join us in Linn County and take back the Iowa Senate.
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