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Latham, other conservatives eye Upmeyer’s soon-to-be vacant seat


This news story was published on October 18, 2019.
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Linda Upmeyer is retiring from the Iowa House of Representatives before the next session begins.

SHEFFIELD – The vacancy about to be left by retiring Republican legislator Linda Upmeyer in the Iowa House is being eyed by several conservatives.

Linda Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002 and 2015 was chosen to serve as Speaker of the House. She announced her retirement last month but will serve out her term in the 2020 session.

Shannon Latham
(via social media)

Late Thursday, Shannon Latham of Sheffield announced she is considering running for the Iowa House District 54 seat in 2020.  Latham, a pumpkin patch owner from Sheffield, attempted to oust Amanda Ragan in 2018 from the Iowa Senate, but lost a close race (12,762 for Ragan to 12,285 for Latham).  She made a statement via social media, “@JohnLatham1 & I are humbled by the number of people who have asked me to run for House District 54. @SpeakerUpmeyer and her father have set the bar high. I will talk with family, friends & supporters. I plan to reach a formal decision later this fall.”

The filing deadline is in March of next year.

NIT has learned there are other possible candidates eyeing the open seat in District 54. Several Conservatives are considering getting involved in a primary race but have made no announcements.  The winner would be a likely shoe-in for the general election versus a Democrat.

The next election is set for November 3, 2020. A primary would be held June 2, 2020.

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