SIOUX CITY | Dec. 12 is the day voters will fill an open seat in Iowa Senate District 3, which was created by the resignation of Bill Anderson.

Gov. Kim Reynolds in a Wednesday release set the special election for the second Tuesday in December, for a seat that covers Woodbury and Plymouth counties.

Anderson, R-Pierson, in September accepted a job leading the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation. He also has stepped down as a staffer for U.S. Rep Steve King, R-Iowa.

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

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.

There is one announced candidate for the position, Todd Wendt, a Democrat who lives in Le Mars.

Wendt, 56, retired earlier this year as superintendent from the Le Mars School District. He is a son of former state Rep. Roger Wendt, D-Sioux City.