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Voters cast ballots at the Woodbury County Courthouse in Sioux City on Nov. 5, 2012, a day before election day. Early voting is slightly down this year in Woodbury and two other large Northwest Iowa counties, Plymouth and Buena Vista, compared to this point four years ago.

SIOUX CITY | There was a bit of drama as the period for Iowa legislative candidates came to a close Friday. Right as the deadline arrived, state Rep. David Dawson, D-Sioux City, announced that he would not seek re-election.

For a short time, it looked like no candidate would file for Dawson's House District 14 seat. But in the final recap of candidates by the Iowa Secretary of State's office, two candidates came forward at the end to file for the seat.

Barring successful write-in challenges in the June primary, Timothy Kacena, a Democrat from Sioux City, and Robert Henderson, a Republican from Sioux City, will square off in the November election for District 14 seat.

It will be one of the few contested races for state Legislature in Northwest Iowa this year.

Democrats fielded candidates in only five of the 12 Iowa House and Senate districts within the Journal's circulation area. Six Republican incumbents currently have no challenger in either the June primary or November general election.

There will be two contests on June 7 to determine the Republican nominee. Both are in open seats, with two Republicans running in House District 6 and three are competing in House District 4.

Dawson will leave after serving two terms in District 14, which includes the western and northern parts of Sioux City.

"My decision to not seek a third term comes down to family. My wife and young children have sacrificed a lot to allow me to serve in the legislature, and now is the right time for me to resume full-time responsibilities to my family," he said.

Here are the candidates who have filed for House and Senate districts in Northwest Iowa.

Senate District 2: Incumbent Randy Feenstra, R-Hull.

House District 1: Incumbent John Wills, R-Spirit Lake.

House District 2: Incumbent Megan Jones, R-Sioux Rapids.

House District 3: Incumbent Dan Huseman, R-Aurelia.

House District 4: Kevin Van Otterloo, of Rock Valley, Jeff VanDerWerff, of Orange City, and Skyler Wheeler, of Orange City. The three are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring state Rep. John Kooiker, R-Boyden, who will leave the chamber after serving one, two-year term.

House District 5: Incumbent Chuck Holz, R-Le Mars.

House District 6: Republicans, Jim Carlin and Jacob Bossman, and Perla Alarcon-Flory, all of Sioux City. The trio are seeking the seat being vacated by state Rep. Ron Jorgensen, R-Sioux City, who not to run for another term.

House District 11: Incumbent Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake, and Sara Huddleston, a Democrat from Storm Lake.

House District 13: Incumbent Chris Hall, D-Sioux City, and Shaun Broyhill, a Republican from Sioux City.

House District 14: Kacena and Henderson.

House District 17: Incumbent Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, and Jan Creasman, a Democrat from Woodbine.

House District 18: Incumbent Steven Holt, R-Denison.

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