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ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Twenty-three-year-old Skyler Wheeler, of Orange City, won by a double-digit margin Tuesday in a three-way race for the Republican nomination in November's Iowa House District 4 election.

Wheeler, an account representative for Staples Promotional Products in Orange City and a graduate of Northwestern College, pulled in 44.5 percent of the 4,742 votes cast in the district Tuesday.

His opponents, Kevin Van Otterloo, of Rock Valley, and Jeff VanDerWerff, of Orange City, received 29.8 and 25.6 percent, respectively. 

No Democrat has filed to run in the district.

If elected in November, Wheeler will be the youngest member in the Iowa Legislature. He said his goal is to represent the conservative values of his district as well as he can.

“I’m going to represent my district, and my district is big on conservatism,” Wheeler said. "What I’m going to bring forward is conservative principles and conservative values."

Leading up to the primary, Wheeler received endorsements from the Family Leader and current District 4 Rep. John Kooiker, R-Boyden, who has represented the district since January 2015 and is not seeking re-election.

District 4 covers 15 of the 17 precincts in Sioux County, including the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley and Hawarden.

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