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Mommsen vs. Pence: The Race for an Iowa House Seat that Covers 3 Counties

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Pence Facebook page, Mommsen Iowa Legislature page
Pence Facebook page, Mommsen Iowa Legislature page
Democratic candidate, Kay Pence (L) and Incumbent Republican State Rep. Norlin Mommsen (R)

The boundaries of the 70th Iowa House District were redrawn after the 2010 census. And two local residents are competing for votes in the November 8th election.

State Representative Norlin Mommsen is running for his fifth term in the Iowa House. And the new 70th District includes the northern part of Scott County, central Clinton County, and a small part of Jackson County.

Mommsen, a Republican and farmer from DeWitt, says if reelected, he'll continue working on quality of life issues, such as prevention and preparedness for animal diseases, and promotion of products made in Iowa.

He also wants to work on improving access to child care.

Mommsen also wants Iowa voters to have their say on whether the state's constitution should be amended to ban abortion.

His Democratic opponent in Iowa House District 70 is Kay Pence.

Map of new Iowa house district 70
Map of new Iowa house district 70

Kay Pence also wants to represent the people who live in Iowa's 70th House District which includes parts of Clinton, Jackson, and Scott counties.

Pence, a Democrat from Eldridge, spent her career as a utility worker and union representative. She'd like to increase spending to improve public education in Iowa and work on preventing pollution, especially improving water quality.

Twelve years ago, Pence says Iowa residents voted to create a permanent trust fund to pay for outdoor recreation and preventing pollution. But no money has been put in the fund. She says there are quite a few ways to fund the trust, including ARPA money.

Pence is also concerned about the child care crisis in Iowa and disagrees with the Iowa Legislature's recent approval of tax cuts.

Her Republican opponent in House District 70 is incumbent Norlin Mommsen.

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