At respective nominating conventions held Thursday night, the Democrat and Republican nominees for an open seat in the Iowa Senate were chosen.
Republicans selected Packwood native Adrian Dickey as their nominee for the open state senate seat. Dickey is a manager of Dickey Transport, a family business.
On Facebook, Dickey said he was approached two months ago by Republican leaders who asked him to run. The District 41 seat of the Iowa Senate was recently vacated after former Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks was sworn into the US House.
District 41 covers most of Wapello and Jefferson County and all of Davis and Van Buren County.
Retired educator Mary Stewart was selected as the Democratic nominee. Stewart previously worked at Indian Hill Community College for 33 years.
In a statement, Stewart pledged to fight for southeast Iowans if she is elected.
“Southern Iowans deserve better leaders at the Iowa Capitol,” Stewart said. “Des Moines has ignored us for too long. The result has been fewer opportunities for job training, affordable health care, accessible child care, and a stronger economy on Main Street…My promise to work to revitalize our small towns and rural areas isn’t a campaign slogan, it’s my passion. I’m a fighter who won’t give up until Southern Iowans get a fair shake.”
A special election will be held on Tuesday, January 26th. The winner will serve the remainder of Miller-Meeks’ term, which ends in 2022.