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Special Election In House District 29 Today

It’s election day in most of Jasper County. A special election is being held to fill the House District 29 seat Newton Democrat Wes Breckenridge resigned from September 10th. The former Police Officer who retired in 2017 after 24 years with the Newton Police Department is now the Assistant Director at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. He left the legislature to concentrate on that new job. Democrats have put up longtime Newton City Councilman Steve Mullan as their candidate in today’s special election.

Before being chosen as the Democrats’ candidate, Mullan had decided not to seek re-election to the Newton City Council. The Republican Candidate is Jon Dunwell, a Newton Financial Advisor and Pastor. He ran against Breckenridge in last year’s election, and lost by 3-percentage points.

Poll are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Absentee voting began at the Jasper County Auditor’s Office Monday October 4th, and ended yesterday. House District 29 is all of Jasper County excluding 4 cities in 4 townships in the south central and southeast corner of the County. Monroe…Reasnor…Lynnville…and Sully, which are in Elk Creek, Fairview…Lynn Grove…and Palo Alto townships, are not in the 29th House District.