Candidates begin to step forward for Nov. 8 special election
Iowa partisans are going about the business of recruiting or nominating candidates for a special election in Iowa Senate District 18, but what’s at stake goes far beyond the boundaries of the small region in eastern Iowa.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad announced last week that he was appointing Sen. Swati Dandekar, a Marion Democrat, to the state’s Iowa Utilities Board. It’s a move that has marriage equality groups concerned the Democrats’ one-seat majority in the Iowa Senate could be eliminated, opening the door for a gay marriage ban.
“This is it. We are facing a special election, and marriage equality hangs in the balance,” Troy Price, executive director of One Iowa, said in a statement. “If we lose the seat, we face a very real chance that a marriage ban will pass a vote in the Senate. In Iowa, marriage has never been threatened like this before.”
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