SIOUX CITY | Siouxland Republican Party officials on Monday picked Jim Carlin over Alex Pick as the nominee to run in the Iowa Senate District 3 special election on Dec. 12.

The two election nominees have now been settled, since Todd Wendt had been selected Saturday as the Democratic nominee for the open Iowa Senate District 3 seat a month ahead of the election.

Both Wendt and Carlin were selected in Special Nominating Conventions, with the Democratic one in Merrill, Iowa, and the Republican version in Sioux City.

Pick is an Akron city councilman, and Carlin is a state representative.

With the selection of Carlin, if he wins the Senate seat next month, he will give up the House District 6 seat and another special election would be needed to fill that. Such an election could cost above $20,000, Woodbury County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matthew Ung, a Republican, noted in a Monday tweet.

Both Pick and Carlin shared their strengths before people at the special convention made a decision. The final vote was 58 percent for Carlin and 42 percent for Pick.

After the meeting, Carlin in a statement said he is excited to have earned the opportunity to run in the general election.

"This is a unique opportunity to double my reach as a House representative," Carlin said. "We’re (going to) see some inroads in tax reform that will lead to Iowa becoming far more competitive with our neighbors and put us on path to substantive economic growth. I️ also hope to lead in the Senate and advocate for working middle class Iowans and socially conservative issues."

Wendt was the Le Mars superintendent for 17 years before his retirement earlier this year.

The Iowa Senate District 3 seat opening was created by the resignation of Bill Anderson.

Senate District 3, which takes in nearly all of Plymouth County and western and northern Woodbury County, including the Morningside neighborhood of Sioux City, is heavily Republican, with 17,654 registered Republican voters, compared to 8,744 registered Democrats.

The winner of the special election would serve the remainder of Anderson's four-year term, which runs through 2018.

Anderson, R-Pierson, in September accepted a job leading the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.


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