LE MARS, Iowa | Charles Holz, a retired veterinarian from Le Mars, was picked by voters in Plymouth and Woodbury counties on Tuesday to fill the vacant Iowa House District 5 seat.

The Holz win keeps the seat in Republican Party hands, as he succeeds former Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars, who announced his resignation in August in order take a new job. Holz had no Democratic challenger.

Holz got 182 votes in Woodbury County and 1,315 votes in Plymouth County.

Holz, 62, will fill a term that runs through the end of 2016. He served on the Le Mars School Board for 18 years and previously said he has had a lifelong passion for education and sound budgeting.

Soderberg had lived in Le Mars since 1976 and first won election to the House in 2004.

In September, he moved from a job as vice president of planning and legislative services at Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative in Le Mars to begin working as The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives general manager. His new job required a move to the Des Moines area.

Soderberg was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which sets many budget details.

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