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2012 seat wide open in House District 77

By B. Adam Burke
North Liberty Leader
JOHNSON COUNTY- After state and federal districts were redrawn following the 2010 census, Iowa lost one congressional seat. Due to Iowa’s slow-growing population, the state went from five U.S. representatives to four in the 2012 election.
In the Second Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack has decided to move, after his home, and the rest of Linn County, were placed in the First Congressional District. Loebsack, a Democrat, will move from Mt. Vernon to Johnson County into the new Second Congressional District.
At the state level, newly-drawn Iowa House District 77 will be an open seat in the Iowa State Legislature for 2012.
On the Democratic side, Johnson County Supervisor Sally Stutsman has already announced her candidacy for the state house seat. Stutsman is currently serving her fifth term on the Johnson County board of supervisors. No other candidates have officially announced their intent to run in House District 77.
Johnson County contains all of House District 77, covering city limits in North Liberty, Tiffin, Swisher and Shueyville, and crossing the county from the northwest to the southeastern corner; wrapping around Iowa City/Coralville’s House Districts 74, 85 and 86.
In the new Senate District 39, Republican Sandy Greiner won’t face a vote until 2014. She was the lone state senator to vote against the redistricting map.
Her new district will cover city limits in North Liberty, Tiffin, Swisher, Shueyville, all of Keokuk County and most of Washington County.
New House District 73 covers northeast Johnson County, all of Cedar County, and the Muscatine County town of Wilton, home of State Rep. Jeff Kaufmann (R-Wilton).
Senate District 37 will be represented by Bob Dvorsky (D-Coralville) who won’t face an election again until 2014.