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LE MARS, Iowa -- Tom Jeneary, a Republican from Le Mars, is a candidate for the Iowa House District 5 seat that will become vacant at the end of the year.

Rep. Chuck Holz, R-Le Mars, last week announced he will not seek re-election to the District 5 seat. Holz plans to move out of the district to be closer to family.

Jeneary on Friday said this is his first run for elective office, and he has time to serve in the Legislature, after recently retiring from a dentist career of 30 years. The election will be held in November.

"I’ve had a passion for serving the community as a dentist and now I hope to do so as a representative,” Jeneary said.

"I’ll strive to grow our small town main streets, improve education and ensure good government that works for the people.”

Jeneary, 65, is a native of Des Moines. He and his wife Pamela have two adult sons and four grandchildren.

House District 5 includes most of Plymouth County and the northern part of Woodbury County, and has higher numbers of registered Republicans.

Holz, a retired veterinarian, will serve three years by the time his current term ends this year. Holz won a special election in 2015 to finish out part of a two-year term after former Rep. Chuck Soderberg resigned. Holz then won a two-year term in 2016.

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