SIOUX CITY | State Rep. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City, is seeking to move from service in the Iowa House to the Iowa Senate.

Carlin, 55, is an attorney who will attempt to make the legislative jump in a special election on Dec. 12. That is when voters will fill an open seat in Iowa Senate District 3, was created by the resignation of Bill Anderson.

Carlin announced his senate candidacy Thursday in a release. Carlin said making the move would enable him to serve the people who he now represents in House District 6, plus more people in the area.

"As a state representative, I have supported and stood up for conservative values and the working middle-class people of Iowa," he said.

Carlin said he will continue to advocate for limited spending in the state budget, setting tax policies that allow Iowa to be competitive with neighboring states.

"We have a responsibility to future generations to ensure they have the same freedoms, education, quality of life and opportunities that we have enjoyed," he said.

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

If Carlin wins the senate seat, there would be a vacancy in House District 6 to fill. He won that post in November 2016, and the term runs through the end of 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.

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. He also has stepped down as a staffer for U.S. Rep Steve King, R-Iowa.

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