DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican delegates will select a nominee during a special nominating convention in Iowa Senate District 1 on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
The convention will be held at the Arrowhead Conference Center in Okoboji with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.
Gov. Kim Reynolds set December 14 as the date for the special election following State Senator Zach Whiting’s resignation.
Barb Clayton of Spirit Lake announced her candidacy last week. This is her first time running for office.
“We have faced many challenges over the last 20 months, and with those challenges, we have seen the quick erosion of our rights and liberties. It is time we the people take back and reaffirm our rights and liberties. It’s about freedom; we need to put the people first,” she said.
Clayton and her husband moved to Spirit Lake in 1996.
Dave Rowley of Spirit Lake also announced his candidacy. He told a local radio station that several people asked him to consider running. Rowley said his goal is to maintain “the great things happening in Iowa” and to be a voice for constituents in Iowa Senate District 1.
Iowa Senate District 1 is located in Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola, and Palo Alto counties, including Spirit Lake, Spencer, Emmetsburg, Sibley, and Rock Rapids.