Rita Hart

On Midwest Week, even though the presidential campaigns are well underway in Iowa, candidates in the important state races are just getting started.

Hart Running for Congress

May 14, 2019
Rita Hart

Former teacher, state senator, and candidate for lieutenant governor, Rita Hart, has decided to run for office again. Tuesday she announced she's running for Congress in Iowa's 2nd District, which covers southeast Iowa and includes the Quad Cities and Clinton.

Iowa Secretary of State

Some eastern Iowa Democrats will meet Monday night to choose their candidate for the state senate. Senate District 49 includes all of Clinton County, plus parts of eastern and northeastern Scott County.

Cournoyer for State Senate

The owner of a small business and president of the Pleasant Valley School Board is running for the Iowa Senate. Last week, republican Chris Cournoyer, from LeClaire, announced her candidacy in District 49 which is now represented by democrat Rita Hart.

Davenport St. Rep. Phyllis Thede (center) talks while Wheatland St. Sen. Rita Hart (left) & Cedar Rapids St. Sen. Rob Hogg (right) listen at Scott Co. Democratic headquarters in Davenport.
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Eastern Iowa democrats are asking residents for support during the legislative session that begins Monday, with republicans in control.

Michelle O'Neill reports State Senator Rob Hogg, State Senator Rita Hart, and State Representative Phyllis Thede plan to "play defense" but also push their own goals.

Summary

Senate Democratic Leader Hogg, from Cedar Rapids, is concerned the GOP will try to pass a photo I.D. requirement to vote. But up to 7% of Iowa residents don't have drivers licenses.