The Green Papers: Iowa 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 5 June 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Friday 16 March 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CDT (1200-0200 UTC).
Saturday 25 August 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-9:00p CST (1300-0300 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:3,053,787 (0.99% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Des Moines
 

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Iowa State and Local Government


Under State law, a candidate in a Primary must receive at least 35% of the vote in that Primary to win a Party's nomination. If no candidate receives 35% in the Primary, the nominee is chosen by the State Convention of the Party.

Voters must be registered voters of either the Democratic, Libertarian, or Republican parties (Iowa's "Political Parties") to participate in the primary election [Iowa Administrative Code §39.3, 43.1, 43.2, 43.3]. Voters can change their party affiliation anytime before election day or at their polling place on election day. Other parties are considered "Non-Party Political Organizations" in Iowa and candidates are nominated by nomination petitions or a nominating convention.


Election Calendar from the Iowa Secretary of State.

Candidate's Guide to the Primary Election from the Iowa Secretary of State.

Candidate List June 5, 2018 Primary Election from the Iowa Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Joni K. Ernst
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Joni K. Ernst
FEC S4IA00129

Class 3 Republican Senator Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
First elected: 1980; re-elected: 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016.
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1974, 1976, 1978]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
FEC S0IA00028

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
Ascended to the Governor's Chair: 24 May 2017 [re: Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resignation to become Ambassador to China].
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (10)
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Nate Boulton
24 May 2018: Suspended campaign. Remains on the ballot.
  Candidate Democratic     Cathy Glasson
  Candidate Democratic     Fred Hubbell
  Candidate Democratic     Andrea "Andy" McGuire
  Candidate Democratic     John Norris
  Candidate Democratic     former Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
  Candidate Libertarian     Marco Battaglia
  Candidate Libertarian     Jake Porter
  Candidate Nonparty     Gary Siegwarth
Clear Water Party
  

Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resigned on 24 May 2017. The Governor was nominated on 7 December 2016 by President-elect Trump to be Ambassador to China, accepted the nomination on 13 December 2016, and on 23 May 2017 was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 82-13. Governor Branstad served as Governor from 1983 to 1999 and 2011 to 2017, 22 years in all and was last elected in 2014.


Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor  Adam Gregg
Appointed: 25 May 2017 [re: Lieutenant Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds ascension to the Governor's Chair on 24 May 2017].
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 

Lieutenant Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, ascended to the Governor's Chair on 24 May 2017 after Governor Terry E. Branstad (Republican) resigned [re: appointment as Ambassador to China in the Trump Administration].
On 25 May 2017, Governor Kim Reynolds selected State Public Defender Adam Gregg as her Lieutenant Governor.


115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (2 Renominated, 1 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Renominated)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (5) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Abby Finkenauer
FEC H8IA01094; 16 May 18; Tot $1,256,133; Dsb $759,946
  Candidate Democratic     Thomas Heckroth
FEC H8IA01128; 16 May 18; Tot $330,235; Dsb $235,427
  Candidate Democratic     George Ramsey
FEC H8IA01110; 31 Mar 18; Tot $61,036; Dsb $43,515
  Candidate Democratic     Courtney L. Rowe
FEC H8IA01102; 16 May 18; Tot $15,382; Dsb $14,959
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum
FEC H2IA01055; 16 May 18; Tot $1,514,253; Dsb $179,123

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 2 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
FEC H6IA02146; 16 May 18; Tot $1,351,736; Dsb $469,299
  Candidate Republican     Christopher "Chris" Peters
FEC H6IA02161; 16 May 18; Tot $468,215; Dsb $463,412
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Ginny Caligiuri
27 March 2018: Insufficient petition signatures. Running as a write-in.

FEC H8IA02084; 31 Mar 18; Tot $27,008; Dsb $11,750
  Candidate Write-in; (Libertarian)     Mark David Strauss
FEC H8IA02092

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  David Young
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Cindy Axne
FEC H8IA03124; 16 May 18; Tot $548,427; Dsb $377,925
  Candidate Democratic     Pete D'Alessandro
FEC H8IA03173; 16 May 18; Tot $283,992; Dsb $276,012
  Candidate Democratic     Eddie J. Mauro
FEC H8IA03181; 16 May 18; Tot $598,019; Dsb $556,664
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  David Young
FEC H4IA03115; 16 May 18; Tot $1,269,868; Dsb $347,704
  Candidate Green; (Democratic)     Paul Knupp, Jr.
FEC H8IA03140
  Candidate Libertarian     Bryan Jack Holder
FEC H4IA03149

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Steven A. "Steve" King
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Spencer City Councilwoman  Leann Jacobsen
FEC H8IA04114; 16 May 18; Tot $231,700; Dsb $208,480
  Candidate Democratic     John Joseph Paschen
FEC H8IA04122; 16 May 18; Tot $132,684; Dsb $84,585
  Candidate Democratic     James D. "JD" Scholten
FEC H8IA04106; 16 May 18; Tot $506,885; Dsb $311,536
  Candidate Republican     Cyndi Hanson
FEC H8IA04148; 16 May 18; Tot $18,922; Dsb $15,118
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Steven A. "Steve" King
FEC H2IA05072; 16 May 18; Tot $439,097; Dsb $478,450
  Candidate Libertarian     Charles Aldrich
FEC H8IA04155

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Paul D. Pate
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in)
  Candidate Democratic     Deidre DeJear
  Candidate Democratic     Jim Mowrer
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Paul D. Pate
  Candidate Write-in; (Libertarian)     Julia Ofenbakh

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Democratic Attorney General  Tom Miller
First elected: 1978; re-elected: 1982, 1986; elected again: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Attorney General  Tom Miller

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Democratic Treasurer Michael L. "Mike" Fitzgerald
First elected: 1982; re-elected: 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Democratic     Treasurer Michael L. "Mike" Fitzgerald

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor  Mary Mosiman
Appointed: 13 May 2013 re: resignation of Auditor David A. "Dave" Vaudt. First elected: 2014.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     former Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand
  Candidate Republican     Auditor  Mary Mosiman

Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  Mike Naig
Appointed: 1 March 2018 (re: Bill Northey's confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     Tim Gannon
  Candidate Republican     Ray Gaesser
  Candidate Republican     Chad Ingels
  Candidate Republican     Craig Lang
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  Mike Naig
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Dan Zumbach
  
Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey (Republican), who was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, resigned following his U.S. Senate 27 February 2018 confirmation as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On 18 January 2018 he stated that he would not seek re-election.
On 1 March 2018, Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds (Republican) named Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Deputy Secretary Mike Naig as the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. He will serve the remainder of Northey’s term.
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 24 candidates
  Republican: 10 incumbents, 16 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 6 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent
  Nonparty: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 3 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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Republican
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Third Party
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  Iowa Green Party
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  Libertarian Party of Iowa
  The Unity Party of Iowa
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  Fort Madison Daily Democrat
  Globe Gazette - Mason City
  Iowa City Press-Citizen
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  The Bloomfield Democrat
  The Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs
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  The Gazette - Cedar Rapids
  The Gazette - Cedar Rapids
  The Iowa Republican
  The Iowa Republican - Brooklyn
  The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier
  WHO TV - NBC - Des Moines

 


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