ONE-ON-ONE: Iowa Senate District 1 Candidate Mark Lemke
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) - The ballot is set for a December 14th special election to fill a vacant seat in the Iowa Senate’s 1st District.
Democrat Mark Lemke, and Republican Dave Rowley, will face off for the seat representing Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola and Palo Alto Counties in northwest Iowa. The winner will serve the remaining year of State Senator Zach Whiting’s term in the Iowa Senate.
KTIV’s Matt Breen spoke with Lemke ahead of the December 14th special election.
“Mark, what’s your top priority if elected to fill the remaining year of Senator Zach Whiting’s term in the Iowa Senate?” asked Matt Breen. “My top priority would be to advocate for low and middle income people... hard-working people... to make sure they get good day,” said Mark Lemke, (D) Iowa Senate District 1 Candidate. “To have a secure retirement to address the wage gap between CEOs and the men and women that are working on the line. "
“If elected, you’ll be in the minority in the Iowa Senate,” said Breen. “How will you achieve your goals in that situation?” asked Breen “Well, I’m going to do the best I can to advocate for my constituents,” said Lemke. “I have a good record here in my own community working with Republicans and Democrats no matter what their opinions are. We share them, and we’re still friends at the end of the day. And, yes, my job is going to be tough, but I’m going to do the best that I can to reach across the aisle and talk with the other side.”
“How important is that bipartisanship to your campaign?” asked Breen. “Well, it’s important,” said Lemke. “I mean, like you said, we’ll be in the minority by quite a ways. To get something done, i’m going to have to get along and try to work with the other side. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve been good at it in the past.”
“Will you run for re-election in 2022, which-- after redistricting-- would remove Lyon and Osceola counties from the district, and add Emmet, Kossuth and Winnebago?” asked Breen. “If think if I am elected I would run again,” said Lemke. “It would tell me something... that people want me to represent them. I’m willing to listen to the constituents, and listen to their concerns, and express them to the legislature the best I can.”
The last day to vote in-person by absentee ballot is Monday, December 13th. Special election day is Tuesday, December 14th. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
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