Looking Ahead: Competitive Races in Scott County for the Iowa Legislature | Elections
Competitive head-to-head legislative races are gearing up for the November general election in Scott County after Tuesday night’s primary election winnowed the fields.
In particular, two newly drawn Senate districts in Scott County that do not feature incumbents have captured statewide attention — Senate Districts 41 and 47.
Voters in District 47 will choose between Democrat Mary Figaro and Republican Scott Webster, who won the Republican primary against Barry Long on Tuesday.
The district includes Eldridge, Bettendorf, Riverdale, Panorama Park and parts of LeClaire and Davenport.
Figaro, doctor of Bettendorf, has a financial advantage over Webster, alderman of Bettendorf and owner of a house building company.
In the first four months of his campaign, Figaro raised $35,700 in contributions and invested an additional $68,000 of his own funds in his campaign. During the same period, Webster raised $6,200 and donated $5,000 of his personal funds to his campaign.
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To begin campaigning for the general election, Figaro had a chest of $101,100 at the end of May and Webster, who ran in a primary, had $3,700.
Webster acknowledged the funding disparity, but said he would focus on reaching voters and fundraising in the district before the general.
According to June registered voter statistics, Republicans have a slight advantage in the number of registered voters over Democrats in the new district. The no-party block, however, is the most important.
Webster said he is running on a platform of low taxes, limited government, pro-business and supporting first responders.
“We think we’ll have a lot of support among parties and independent voters,” Webster said.
Webster was elected to Bettendorf City Council in a special election in 2014 and was re-elected in 2015 and 2019.
Figaro, an endocrinologist, owns and runs her own practice, which she opened three years ago. She said she wanted to bring her experience as a physician to the legislature and make decisions based on research and collaboration.
She said her top priorities are investing in public schools, promoting physical and mental health, including attracting doctors to Iowa, and promoting policies that encourage higher salaries.
“So the parents can go to the little league game because they’re not working three jobs,” she said. She did not go so far as to approve the increase in the minimum wage.
She criticized Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to fund families’ expenses to switch to private schools with taxpayer dollars without holding private schools to the same requirements as public schools.
In Senate District 41, which covers northwest Scott County including parts of Davenport, northern and eastern Muscatine County and all of Cedar County, a contest will be held between Democrat Deb VanderGaast, a registered nurse from Tipton and director of the daycare, and Republican Kerry Gruenhagen, a farmer from Walcott.
Due to the ten-year legislative redistricting, no incumbent is running for the district. Sen. Jim Lykam, a Democrat, and Sen. Roby Smith, a Republican, both chose not to run.
During the campaign, VanderGaast presented herself as a pragmatic legislator if elected. She advocated for changes to Iowa’s child care system to keep child care centers afloat and said she already has legislation she can work with lawmakers to impose a payroll tax on children. employers to expand eligibility for a child care subsidy. For VanderGaast, childcare is one of the main reasons she runs. She is closing her daycare center for children with special needs, Tipton Adaptive Daycare, she said, due to a shortage of workers and increasingly unsustainable costs.
Gruenhagen said her top priorities include supporting law enforcement, “empowering parents in education,” anti-abortion restrictions and further tax cuts.
Gruenhagen operates farms in Scott and Muscatine counties, has investments in Davenport, and was endorsed by the Iowa chapter of Americans For Prosperity, a libertarian conservative political advocacy group founded by David and Charles Koch.
Iowa Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls released a statement congratulating VanderGaast on winning the primary race for a senatorial district and called Senate District 41 “one of the most competitive districts in the state”.
The new district is narrowly divided between Republican, Democratic and non-party active registered voters, according to June totals from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office – of 36,503 active registered voters, 31.9% were Democrats, 31 .3% were Republicans and 35.95% were non-party.
In a Davenport House district, Republican author and anti-abortion activist Luana Stoltenberg won her primary over Democrat Craig Cooper in November. House District 81 covers northwest Davenport.
- For House District 70, which covers northern Scott County and parts of Clinton and Jackson counties, Republican incumbent and farmer DeWitt Norlin Mommsen faces a challenge from Eldridge resident Kay Pence, a union representative .
- In House District 93, which includes Bettendorf and LeClaire, Republican incumbent Gary Mohr will face LeClaire’s Ryan Carstensen, a Democrat.
- House District 94, a new district that includes parts of Davenport and Bettendorf, all of Eldridge and parts of northern Scott County, will feature incumbent Democrat Phyllis Thede and Davenport Republican businessman Mike Vondran, who ran unsuccessfully for Iowa House vs. Thede in 2020, under another quarter.
- Incumbent Democrat Monica Kurth and Democratic Scott County Supervisor Ken Croken are both running unopposed so far for Districts 98 and 97 respectively.
Iowa and Scott County primary election results
IOWA FEDERAL OFFICES
|Republican for United States Senate||100%|
|Democrat for the United States Senate||100%|
|Republican for US House District 1||100%|
|Marianne Miller Meeks||40833|
|Democrat for US House District 1||100%|
IOWA STATE OFFICES
|Republican for Governor||100%|
|Democrat for Governor||100%|
|Deidre De Jear||145316|
|Republican for Secretary of State||100%|
|Paul D. Pate (R)||174090|
|Democrat for Secretary of State||100%|
|Eric Van Lanker||38598|
|Republican for Auditor||100%|
|Mary Ann Hanusa||79847|
|Democrat for Auditor||100%|
|Republican for Treasurer||100%|
|Democrat for Treasurer||100%|
|Michael L. Fitzgerald||145689|
|Republican for Secretary of Agriculture||100%|
|mike naig||171 240|
|Democrat for Secretary of Agriculture||100%|
|Republican for Attorney General||100%|
|Democrat for Attorney General||100%|
|Republican for State Senate District 35||100%|
|Democrat for State Senate District 35||100%|
|Republican for State Senate District 41||100%|
|Democrat for State Senate District 41||100%|
|Deb Vander Gaast||1739|
|Republican State Senate District 47||100%|
|Democratic State Senate District 47||100%|
|Marie Kathleen Figaro||2765|
|Democratic State Senate District 49||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 69||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 69||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 70||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 70||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 81||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 81||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 82||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 93||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 93||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 94||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 94||100%|
|Republican State Representative District 96||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 96||100%|
|Michelle D. Servadio Elias||668|
|Democratic State Representative District 97||100%|
|Democratic State Representative District 98||100%|
|Republicans for the Supervisory Board (Top 3)||100%|
|Jennifer McAndrew Lane||3802|
|Democrats for Oversight Board (Top 3)||100%|
|JJoseph C. Miller||3582|
|Dawson Shea Van Winkle||2565|
|Republican for County Attorney||100%|
|Kelly Cunningham Haan||7166|
|Democrat for County Attorney||100%|
|Republican for County Auditor||100%|
|Democrat for County Auditor||100%|
|Republican for County Recorder||100%|
|Michele R Darland||7129|
|Democrat for County Recorder||100%|
|Republican for County Treasurer||100%|