Since the 2002 November election, the same five men have represented Sioux City districts in the Iowa Legislature.
That will change after the November election. Four lawmakers will not stand for re-election and a fifth -- Democratic State Sen. Steve Warnstadt of Sioux City -- still has not confirmed he will run in 2010.
That could make for substantial turnover in the Sioux City contingent that heads to Des Moines in January 2011.
On Wednesday, State Sen. Ron Wieck, R-Sioux City, announced he would not run for a third term in District 27, leaving State Sen. Steve Warnstadt, D-Sioux City, the only one of the five who could be on the November ballot.
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However, Warnstadt said he won't announce his decision on whether to run for re-election or to depart the Legislature until Monday. In a phone call from the statehouse, Warnstadt gave no indication as to which way he was leaning, but Woodbury County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Somsky of Sioux City said expects Warnstadt will run.
Those not running again include Wieck, and House members Chris Rants, a Republican from District 54, Wes Whitead, a Democrat from District 1, and Roger Wendt, a Democrat from District 2. Wendt had planned to run for re-election, but a week and a half ago discovered he'd had a recurrence of cancer and bowed out.
Former Sioux City School Board member Ron Jorgensen is the Republican running for House District 54, and he'll be up against Carlos Venable-Ridley, who lost to Rants in 2008.