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SIOUX CITY | Republicans in Woodbury County have chosen a familiar name for the upcoming special election to fill a vacant Iowa House seat.

Jacob Bossman, of Sioux City, was unanimously selected at a special convention Wednesday night as the Republican candidate for Iowa House District 6. He will face Democrat Rita DeJong, who was nominated by her party Saturday.

Bossman, 37, a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, narrowly lost to Jim Carlin in the 2016 primary for the Republican spot on the ballot for the House District 6 seat. Carlin was elected to the House that November.

Voters on Jan. 16 will choose between Bossman and DeJong to replace Carlin, who earlier this month won a special election for an open state Senate seat, creating the vacancy in House District 6.

A married father of two children, Bossman 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.

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