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Filing Week

Ice on the lake is melting.

The big news from the federal and state candidate filing period which closed Friday is that Deidre DeJear is the presumptive nominee to be the Democratic candidate for Iowa governor.

This is a good outcome in that Governor Kim Reynolds is well-liked in Iowa, and has amassed a formidable campaign war chest to advertise almost anywhere and as often as her campaign deems necessary. DeJear, by being the only candidate, is now free to focus on Reynolds and on building the infrastructure for Democrats to win the November election. It won’t be easy, yet what ever is?

The U.S. Senate race filings generated a primary challenge of Chuck Grassley for the Republican nomination by Jim Carlin of Sioux City. Three of the five announced Democratic candidates remain after the filing period closed: Abby Finkenauer, Michael Franken and Glenn Hurst.

Our current U.S. Representative, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, drew a primary challenge from Kyle Kuehl of Bettendorf. Christina Bohannan was the sole Democratic filer and is now the presumptive nominee.

Democrat Kevin Kinney will face Republican Dawn Driscoll for state senator in Senate District 46.

Elle Wyant is the presumptive Democratic nominee for Iowa House District 91.

Six men filed for state representative in the district’s Republican primary. Their names are John George, Adam Grier, Devon Hodgeman, Skylar Limkemann, Matt McAreavy, and Brad Sherman. I don’t know any of the Republicans personally. John George wore a Qanon t-shirt when he posed for a photo while turning in his nominating papers. That tells us most of what we need to know about the Republican contenders.

The list of federal and state candidates who filed is here.