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Smith won't seek reelection; two Republicans plan campaigns for Iowa House seat


Two-term Republican Representative Jeff Smith says he won't run for a third term in the Iowa House.

Smith said, in a press release, that he'll return to the private sector.

Smith, who's from Okoboji, farmed on his family farm after graduation from Iowa State. In 1994, he started working as a farm and commercial lender, and branch manager at First Bank & Trust.

Two Republicans have already announced their intention to run for Smith's seat, which covers Lyon, Osceola and part of Dickinson counties.

Kevin Wolfswinkel lost to Smith in the 2012 GOP primary election. The farmer says Iowans need a leader who will focus on the "pillars" of the Republican party including a pro-life stance, limiting government, and restoring 2nd Amendment rights.

Republican John Wills is the vice president of the Okoboji Water Protective Association, and has been involved in water quality and conservation work for 15 years. If elected, the military veteran, and member of the Iowa National Guard, promises to "cut through red tape, and reduce burdens for small businesses so they can grow."

With two Republicans in the race, a primary election will be necessary. That's set for June 3rd.

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