SIOUX CITY | The Democratic nominee for a Jan. 16 special Iowa House election has been set.
The Democratic Party officially selected Rita DeJong as their candidate for the Iowa House District 6 special election during a Saturday morning nominating convention at the Morningside Branch Library.
House District 6 includes Sioux City's Morningside neighborhood and the cities of Sergeant Bluff, Bronson and Salix.
DeJong, a 64-year-old former Sioux City teacher and principal, is running to fill the seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Jim Carlin, who is resigning after he won a Dec. 12 special election for a vacancy in Iowa Senate District 3.
Jacob Bossman, a Sioux City Republican who lost a bid for Iowa House District 6 in 2016, had previously said he would seek to win the GOP nod for the special House election. The Republicans will hold a nominating convention at a later date.