The pastor and tax advisor will become the first Republican to represent Newton at Iowa House in decades after winning a special election on Tuesday to fill a vacancy at a Democratic manufacturing center whose predecessors have moved to the right in recent years.
John Donwell (right), in his second run for the legislative seat, beat Democratic opponent Steve Mullen by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin. About 1 in 5 voters for the seat in Jasper County turned out for the vote, according to the county auditor’s office.
Danuel is the second Republican to win a legislative seat that has been controlled by Democrats since then President BidenJoe Biden House votes to raise debt ceiling on money – House raises debt ceiling to December for Night Health Care in December – Presented by National Council on Mental Wellbeing – Progressives: Medicare benefit expansions ‘non-negotiable’ More He took office, after a Republican won a seat in the Connecticut Senate over the summer.
“Community involvement is very important to me. Being outside and in the crowd is very important to me. Giving everyone a seat at the table is very important to me,” Donwell told the Newton Daily News as he followed the results show. My passion is Jasper County and Iowa. The team I’m working with is the Republicans.”
Danuel lost a bid against Representative Wes Breckenridge (D) in 2020. But Breckenridge resigned from the legislature last month to take a job at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
The district, which is based around Newton, about a half-hour east of Des Moines along Interstate 80, has been trending GOP in recent years.
Jasper County gave the former President TrumpPresident Donald Trump votes to raise debt ceiling Georgia reporter says the state will ‘continue to be a major battleground’. 60 percent of the vote in 2020, the highest share any Republican there has received since Herbert Hoover in 1928. Before Trump, Jasper County had voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in six of the previous seven presidential elections. Dunwell’s new district gave Trump 57 percent of the vote. In 2012, then-President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama, McAuliffe, Youngkin in sweltering heat: McAuliffe poll brings big guns as Democrats grow more concerned about Virginia Is Biden administration afraid of trade? more Seat load at 56 percent.
Newton, the county seat, was once a major manufacturing center, home to a major Maytag factory that closed in 2007. The town is still home to the Maytag Blue Cheese Company, opened a century ago by the heir to the Maytag Appliance fortune.
Iowa Republicans spent more than $50,000 advertising on Danwell’s behalf in a major bid to win the seat. Campaign finance records show that the Iowa Democratic Party did not spend a significant amount on Mullane’s behalf.
“Although tonight was not the result we were hoping for, I am very grateful to have your support and I am proud of the race we ran,” Mullan said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. We have advocated for issues that matter to voters such as public education, health care, and broadband access in rural areas. Our advocacy on these issues will not stop at this campaign.”
The result gave Republicans 60 out of 100 seats in Iowa, their largest majority since the 2010 midterm elections that handed control of the lower house to the Republican Party.