Representative Julian Garrett has been chosen as the Republican nominee to run for Iowa Senate District 13.
Garrett currently represents District 25 in the Iowa House, however, he said he believes could get more accomplished by working in the Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate.
Garrett was nominated by Republicans representing Warren and Madison County during a special convention in Indianola Thursday night.
He beat out Steve McCoy, cochairman of the Warren County Republicans; Tamara Scott, a member of the Republican National Committee and William Keeble, an Indianola resident.
“Why would I run for this Senate seat when I have a House seat that I’ve been successful in?” Garrett asked. “We have passed bill after bill in the Iowa House… and what’s happened to them? They don’t even bring them up in the Senate. They just die.”
Garrett said he believes the Republican Party would be able to find a suitable replacement for him in the House, and said winning the special election could help begin shifting the momentum in the Iowa Senate back to the Republican Party.
He added that he would be a good candidate for the job because he would be able to beat Mark Davitt, who is expected to be the Democratic Party’s pick to run for District 13.
“I don’t think there is anyone in this room who wants to see Mark Davitt as our next state senator,” Garrett said.
He said his campaign is geared up and ready to go.
Garrett already has lawn signs in place, and said he’s ready to start distributing information about his campaign.
“This isn’t the end,” Garrett said. “This is the beginning.”
The special election was held because Former Senator Kent Sorenson, of Milo, resigned last month after a report accusing him of accepting money from Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign committee was released.
Democrats from Warren and Madison counties will convene at the Martensdale St Marys school in Martensdale on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. to choose a representative to run for the seat.
David Betsworth, the chairman of the Warren County Democrats, has said he only knows of one candidate who is interested in running for the seat.
Davitt is the only Democrat who has so far publicly announced that he wants the nomination.
(Mark Davitt is the husband of Amy Duncan, publisher of the Record Herald and Indianola Tribune.)