SIOUX CITY | Jacob Bossman, a Sioux City Republican who lost a bid for Iowa House District 6 in 2016, said Wednesday he will run for the seat again in a special election early next year.

The announcement from Bossman, a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, came less than 24 hours after state Rep. Jim Carlin's victory in a special election for an open state Senate seat created a vacancy in House District 6.

Jim Carlin, a first-term Republican, defeated Democrat Todd Wendt, of Le Mars, 55 percent to 45 percent in the Senate  District 3 race. seat. The district includes the western two-thirds of Plymouth County and northern and western areas of Woodbury County, including the Sioux City neighborhood of Morningside.

Carlin will soon resign from the House. The timing for the next special election will be announced by Gov. Kim Reynold's office.

In the June 2016 primary, Carlin defeated Bossman, by a count of 51 percent to 48.5 percent. Carlin won election to the House in November over Democratic nominee Perla J Alarcon-Flory, a member of the Sioux City school board.

In a news release Wednesday, Bossman, 37, said he has learned the value of providing outstanding service to constituents while serving on Grassley's staff for 13 years.

"To represent this district, one must understand this area and have both the experience and relationships to effectively advocate for our community in Des Moines. I will always be responsive to the people of this district...I will work for common sense solutions that benefit our community," Bossman said.

Bossman, a married father of two children, lives in Morningside. House District 6 takes in Morningside and northern and western areas of Woodbury County, including the cities of Sergeant Bluff, Bronson and Salix.

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. Carlin will serve the remaining year of Anderson's seat, which will be up for election in November 2018.

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