AKRON, Iowa | A city councilman from Akron, Iowa, has joined the special election race for the Iowa Senate District 3 seat. A decision by Republicans at a convention will pick the party's nominee.

Alex Pick, 32, announced his candidacy in a Wednesday release, and joins Jim Carlin as the two Republicans in the Senate position race.

Pick is a native of Remsen, Iowa, who said he hopes to win the Republican special nominating convention at 7 p.m. Monday, about one month ahead of the Dec. 12 special election. The Republican convention will be held at the state party's regional office at 119 Sixth St., in Sioux City.

He vowed to be a watchdog for taxpayer interests, and "someone who will take orders from those in his community rather than party bosses in Des Moines."

Pick added he is a strong conservative.

“There’s so much yet to do for the unborn children, for the law-abiding gun owners, for the parents educating their children, and for the small business owners we want to keep in Iowa. If the state budgeted like most Iowa families I know, we wouldn’t be in the messes we’re in," he said.

Pick has served 11 years in the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa National Guard in Sioux City, and worked in freight and logistics management.

Carlin, of Sioux City, is the state representative for House District 6 and is seeking to move to the Senate seat. The Iowa Senate District 3 seat opening was created by the resignation of Bill Anderson.

There is one other announced candidate for the position, Todd Wendt, a Democrat who lives in Le Mars. A special nominating convention for Democrats in the district will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kissinger Center, 608 Main St., in Merrill.

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 GOP 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.

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.

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

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