SIOUX CITY -- Steve Stokes, a Republican from Sioux City, has formally launched his campaign for the state Senate District 7 seat held by Sen. Rick Bertrand.
Stokes, 38, filed to become a candidate on March 16, the final date in the filing process timeline for people seeking statewide offices in Iowa. He is the only Republican candidate for the seat, which takes in Sioux City's north and west sides.
The lone Democratic candidate, Jackie Smith, a former Woodbury County supervisor, also is running unopposed in the June 5 primary. Barring a successful write-in campaign, Stokes and Smith will meet in the Nov. 6 general election. The race for the open seat is expected to be one of the contests that could determine control of the Iowa Senate, where Republicans now hold 29 of the 50 seats.
In a release, Stokes said he is running to continue the growth the party has made in the last two years. In his first run for public office, he said he will use a common sense attitude in working through legislative duties.
“I pledge to look to continue to make the lives of everyday Iowans as great as they should be, and continue to make Iowa the number one state in the country to live and raise a family," Stokes said.
"I pledge to not raise taxes and oppose any tax increases, protect ethanol and agriculture, support education funding, promote job growth and development, and will ensure our infrastructure needs are met."
Stokes and his wife. Dr. Angela Stokes, own Stokes and Associates, a downtown Sioux City business that offers various evaluations and assessments. In the news release, Steve Stokes aid he is proud to work in the mental health field.
Bertrand, a Republican from Sioux City, earlier this year announced he would not seeking a third, four-year term.