SIOUX CITY | Bob Henderson, a longtime educator and musician, is seeking an open seat in the Iowa House.

Henderson is the Republican candidate for the House District 14 position, which is being vacated by state Rep. David Dawson, D-Sioux City, who decided not to seek re-election.

Barring successful write-in challenges in the June primary, Henderson and Timothy Kacena, a Democrat from Sioux City, will square off in the November election for the district, which covers western and northern parts of Sioux City.

Henderson is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to Sioux City in 1989 to work as an assistant football coach at Morningside College. He also taught high school math in Sioux City schools and currently is an adjunct professor at Western Iowa Tech Community College and Northeast Community College.

Henderson also was a founding member of Freedom Fest, a Christian music festival that ran in Sioux City for 10 years. He said his wide life experiences give him the background to address challenges in the Legislature.

Henderson said education is the top Iowa priority, but money is limited so school spending must be efficient.

"Our best option is to find ways to return control of our schools to local boards of education," he said.

"I'll work with parents, teachers, administrators, business leaders and policymakers toward a guarantee of a bright future for our state and its citizens."

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County and education reporter

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