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Newton Republican Jon Dunwell Grateful for Win in Special State House Election

Newton Financial advisor and Pastor Jon Dunwell is going to become Jasper County’s latest legislator. According to the unofficial results from yesterday’s special election in House District 29, Dunwell defeated Newton City Councilman Steve Mullan by 930 votes. The results of the election will not be official until they are canvassed by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors tomorrow afternoon. There are 21-thousand 409 registered voters in House District 29, and 4-thousand 717 ballots were cast. That’s a voter turnout of 22-percent. Dunwell, the Republican, was the choice of 59.8-percent of the voters. He received 2-thousand 820 votes. Mullan 1-thousand 890. Last night Dunwell stated he was grateful to be selected as the newly elected representative of House District 29. He thanked voters for putting their faith in him to be their voice in the Iowa Statehouse. Dunwell has frequently addressed local government representatives at the County, City, and School level about improving public knowledge regarding property tax rates. That’s an issue he plans to continue to address as a lawmaker.

In terms of taxes, Dunwell believes the lower they are, the better it is for local communities.

Two Newton manufacturers who make  blades and towers for wind turbines face the possibility of letting go about 900 workers at the end of the year due to the lack of orders. Dunwell believes the State and lawmakers should evaluate the possibility of saving those jobs.

Dunwell’s win flips this House seat from the Democrats to the Republican party. Wes Breckenridge of Newton, who resigned the seat September 10th, was a Democrat. Republicans hold a sizeable majority in the House. If he wants to keep the House seat, Dunwell will have to run for re-election next year. That will be after all the House and Senate District boundary lines have been redrawn.