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Lawton's David Dawson seeks Iowa Senate seat

SIOUX CITY |  Former state Rep. David Dawson, a Democrat from Lawton, is seeking a return to the Legislature, after announcing Thursday he will run for the Iowa Senate District 3 seat.

“Over the last two years, I have grown concerned that officials in Des Moines are failing to work together to make progress for Iowans,” Dawson said in a release.

Dawson said a focus should be on polices that help the growth of good-paying jobs in Iowa.

"I will stand up for the right of Iowa students to receive high-quality education, I will strive to raise wages for Iowa workers and I will fight to cut income tax rates for Iowa families," Dawson added.

Senate District 3 includes parts of Woodbury and Plymouth counties, including portions of Sioux City.

State Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City, has held the seat for two months, after winning a special election in December, with 3,591 votes, or about 54 percent, to 2,988 votes for Todd Wendt, a Democrat from Le Mars. Carlin's term ends in December, and the election is in November.

Dawson, 44, grew up in Washta, Iowa. He has been a lawyer for more than 15 years, and currently is a prosecutor for the Woodbury County Attorney's Office.

He and his wife, Liza, have three children. They formerly lived in Sioux City, when he represented Iowa House District 14.

After serving four years in the District 14 seat, in March 2016 Dawson said he would not seek re-election, so he could resume full-time family responsibilities.

"My wife and young children have sacrificed a lot to allow me to serve in the legislature," Dawson said at the time.

In two years he was out of office, Dawson, applied for district judge and district associate appointments. Tim Kacena, a Democrat from Sioux City, now holds the House District 14 seat.

Sioux City man pleads not guilty to fatal stabbing

SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man has been released on bond after pleading not guilty to a fatal stabbing.

Jeremy Lillich, 44, entered his plea late Wednesday to one count of involuntary manslaughter. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released from the Woodbury County Jail. No trial date has been set, but a pretrial conference was scheduled for March 16 in Woodbury County District Court.

Lillich was arrested Wednesday after being paroled to detainer from the Clarinda Correctional Facility, where he had been serving a 10-year prison sentence on a drug conviction. He remains under supervision of the 3rd Judicial District's probation/parole office.

A grand jury in November indicted Lillich in connection with the June 3 stabbing death of James R.D. Purcell, 21, of Sioux City.

Police responding to a disturbance involving a large group of people at 420 17th St. learned that Purcell had been stabbed and later died from his injuries. Police at the time said they believed the incident started as a fight over an alleged theft.

According to the grand jury charge, Lillich "unintentionally caused the death of another person by the commission of an act in a manner likely to cause death or serious injury."

According to Iowa Corrections Department records, Lillich was out on parole at the time of the stabbing. His parole was revoked on June 27 and he was returned to prison.