March 16, 2005

Another hat thrown into the 1st district pile

Yet another potential candidate for Jim Nussle's Iowa 1st district House seat has made her plans known. This evens up the sides at four a piece.
Rep. Cindy Winckler, D-Davenport, said Tuesday that she is thinking of running for Congress in Iowa’s 1st District and will make a decision after the Iowa Legislature adjourns this spring.
Winckler, who grew up in a Republican household, ran for the Iowa House as a Republican in 1996, but lost in the primary. In 1999, she switched parties to run for the same House seat and won as a Democrat.
For those of you keeping score at home, the contenders for this seat as they currently stand are:

Waterloo lawyer Bruce Braley
Rick Dickinson of the Greater Dubuque Development Corp.
Bill Gluba, a Democrat from Davenport who ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 2004

Rep. Bill Dix of Shell Rock
Mike Whalen the chief executive of the Heart of America Restaurants and Inns
Brian Kennedy of Bettendorf, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa
Brian Hook, a Bettendorf native who is a special assistant to President Bush

Should be fun!


At 3/16/2005 8:42 AM, Anonymous Fly said...

There's also been some rumblings that state rep, Jamie Van Fossen (R-Davenport), might be interested in this seat. As chair of the House Ways & Means committee and in his 5th 2-year term, he's fairly well known even outside his legislative district particularly among the party hierarchy.

Personally, I'm thinking Whalen gets the Repub nomination but Jamie's rumored to be interested. If so, he can't be dismissed out-of-hand.

At 3/16/2005 1:35 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope has seen Van Fossen's picture and knows that he used to bump into him in bars along Harrison street back in the day. Jamie is the son of the father-son state rep duo, is he not? Or is The Dope mistaken?

At 3/16/2005 1:42 PM, Anonymous Fly said...

Jamie is indeed the son of the duo.


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