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SIOUX CITY | The Democratic nominee for a Jan. 16 special Iowa House election has been set. 

The Democratic Party officially selected Rita DeJong as their candidate for the Iowa House District 6 special election during a Saturday morning nominating convention at the Morningside Branch Library. 

House District 6 includes Sioux City's Morningside neighborhood and the cities of Sergeant Bluff, Bronson and Salix.

DeJong, a 64-year-old former Sioux City teacher and principal, is running to fill the seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Jim Carlin, who is resigning after he won a Dec. 12 special election for a vacancy in Iowa Senate District 3.

Jacob Bossman, a Sioux City Republican who lost a bid for Iowa House District 6 in 2016, had previously said he would seek to win the GOP nod for the special House election. The Republicans will hold a nominating convention at a later date. 

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