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Proposed redistricting plan brings minor legislative shifts
Under a proposed redistricting plan released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, only four of the state’s legislative districts would become battlegrounds for incumbents of opposite political parties.
New boundaries drawn for Iowa’s 100 House seats, if ultimately approved by the Legislature and Gov. Terry Branstad, would result in some instances of more than one incumbent being located in the same district. Of those potential conflicts, one district would create a face-off between incumbents of opposite parties, three districts combine two incumbent Democrats and nine districts combine incumbent Republicans. In addition, 14 districts were drawn that contain no incumbent legislators.
The proposed districts for the 50 seats in the Iowa Senate contain 7 instances of districts that will have no incumbent. In three of the newly drawn districts, incumbent Republicans and Democrats could face-off. One district has a match-up between Democrats and three districts have match-ups between Republican incumbents.
The new Senate districts that would contain both a Democrat and Republican incumbent are District 1 (Democrat Jack Kibbie and Republican David Johnson), District 21 (Democrat Matt McCoy and Republican Pat Ward), and District 26 (Democrat Mary Jo Wilhelm and Republican Merlin Bartz).