A race in southeast Iowa

Last Friday, just a few minutes after Representative John Whitaker (D-Hillsboro) emailed a news release saying he was resigning, Democrat Curt Hanson of Fairfield emailed a news release saying he would run for Whitaker's seat.  Republicans — borrowing Hillary Clinton's now infamous "in it to win it" phrase — issued a news release last night to announce their nominee in the district.

Stephen Burgmeier receives Republican nomination in Special Election
Iowa GOP’s Strawn:  “We are in it to win it”

Des Moines, IA – Republican Party of Iowa State Chairman Matt Strawn tonight welcomed Stephen Burgmeier as the Republican candidate in the Special Election to fill the vacancy in Iowa House District 90.  Strawn said, “Stephen Burgmeier is an outstanding candidate and my pledge as State Party Chairman to him is that we are in it to win it. 
“This is clearly a lean Democrat district and presents a big challenge for Iowa Republicans.  President Obama carried it by nearly 1,400 votes and Democrats hold an advantage in voter registration.  However, we are going to carry the fight and the Republican message to all corners of Iowa and a victory here begins the process of bringing fiscal sanity back to our state, giving Iowans the opportunity to vote on marriage, and recognizing that private individuals, not more debt spending by the state, creates jobs in Iowa,” said Strawn.
The Special Election in Iowa House District 90 will be held on September 1, 2009 and was made necessary by the resignation of John Whitaker (D-Hillsboro) to accept a position with the federal government.  The District contains all of Van Buren County and significant portions of both Jefferson and Wapello Counties.
“Anyone who knows Stephen Burgmeier understands how hard he works for the people of Jefferson County.   I know he will continue that commitment as the state representative for the people of Wapello, Jefferson and Van Buren Counties,” said House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen.   “The House Republican caucus looks forward to a successful election and welcoming him to our ranks in September.”
Burgmeier received the Republican nomination for this seat at a Special Nominating Convention held tonight in Fairfield and will begin his campaign immediately.
He and his wife, Betty, reside in Lockridge and are partners in the Hooter Lane Farms sow farm, and farm over 300 acres of land. Burgmeier is a three time elected Jefferson County Supervisor, currently serving as chairman, a past district director of the Iowa Pork Producers, an appointed delegate of the Pork Act boards, and a Jefferson County Farm Bureau board member.
Strawn concluded, “Stephen Burgmeier and his campaign will have the full and active support of the Republican Party of Iowa and I expect Republicans from all across the state will travel to this pivotal district and provide statewide support for this important election.  Republicans are ready to work and ready to win.”

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.