SIOUX CITY | Jake Jungers will collect signatures on a petition over the next few days in order to get his name on the Jan. 16 special election ballot for the Iowa House District 6 seat.

The seat is open because Jim Carlin, the former representative, won a Dec. 12 special election last week for Iowa Senate District 3.

Rita DeJong, a Democrat and former Sioux City teacher and principal, and Jacob Bossman, a Republican who lost a bid for Iowa House District 6 in 2016, when Carlin won the position, are the nominees of the respective parties for the Jan. 16 election.

Jungers on Friday told the Journal he aims to be the third option on the ballot. He is checking into whether he will run as a member of the Libertarian Party or No Party, the designation for independents on Iowa ballots.

Third-party or no party candidates for the seat have until Tuesday to file nomination papers with the Iowa Secretary of State office. Jungers predicted he will get enough signatures to be on the ballot, then he'll hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce his affiliation for the special election.

Jungers unsuccessfully ran for one of three Sioux City Council positions earlier this year. He said he is a conservative, but isn't running against Bossman, who won the nomination in a special convention on Wednesday. Jungers said he didn't compete for the GOP nod.

"I look forward to challenging both candidates from both parties, to ensure that we have someone with unbreakable support for the middle class and all Iowans," Jungers said.

The winner of the Jan. 16 election will fill the last year of Carlin's two-year House term.

The Senate District 3 vacancy was created by the resignation of two-term Sen. Bill Anderson, a Pierson Republican who in September accepted a job heading the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.

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