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Iowa House Primaries: James, Fett Advance to November’s General Election

James, Fett

A local pastor will have the chance to fill the Iowa House District seat vacated by State Representative Abby Finkenauer. Lindsay James won the Democratic primary in House District 99, which covers the southern and western portions of Dubuque. James says she’s honored to be the nominee. James ran on a platform to create better paying jobs and rolling back the privatization of the state Medicaid program. James received just more than 2,200 votes, which was about 700 better than her nearest challenger, Loras College social work professor Brad Cavanaugh. Recent college graduate Pat Cullen finished in a distant 3rd. James will face Republican Pauline Chilton in November.

Meanwhile, in the western portion of Dubuque County, another Loras social work professor did win a spot on this fall’s general election ballot. Nancy Fett defeated Leo Gansen in the Democratic primary in House District 57, which includes most of Dubuque County outside the Dubuque city limits. Fett and Gansen were separated by only about 50 votes, but Gansen conceded in a post on his campaign’s Facebook page. Fett will look to unseat incumbent Republican Shannon Lundgren in November.

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