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Special Election Race Heats Up in Iowa House District 82

By Nick Davis, July 24, 2017

With just fifteen days to go until the special election to replace the late Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield, the race has heated up with several negative radio and television ads.

House District 82 covers all of Davis and Van Buren Counties, and most of Jefferson County including Fairfield, Maharishi Vedic City and Packwood.

Four candidates are vying for the open seat, according to information provided by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

Democrats are represented in the special election by Dr. Phil Miller, a veterinarian from Fairfield.

Republicans have nominated Travis Harris of rural Moulton for the special election.

Two other candidates, Edward T Hee III of the Constitution Party and Joshua Miller of the Libertarian party will also appear on the ballot.

The race has been heating behind the scenes as spending is expected to top over half a million dollars in the small house district.

What started with at least two fairly tepid television ads has evolved into mud-slinging on both sides of the aisle.

Democrat Phil Miller accuses Harris in an ad of paying taxes late 104 times total on sixteen different properties. The same ad accuses Harris of raising taxes while serving on the local school and utility boards.

Note: Ottumwa Radio has not independently verified the claims of this political ad. 

The ad is paid for by the Iowa Democratic Party and authorized by Democratic candidate Dr. Miller.

Democrats haven’t been the only ones slinging mud however. The Republican Party has reportedly released a negative ad about Phil Miller as well.

Absentee ballots are available at your local county auditors office. Polls will be open from 7AM until 9PM on Tuesday, August 8th.

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