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A look at other races in Iowa

By Staff | May 31, 2008

While most voters may know of the local election and the contested races for Emmet County auditor and sheriff, a few state races also will be on the Iowa Primary ballot on Tuesday.

Three candidates are contending for the Republican Party bid for United States Senator. The incumbent Tom Harkin, is unopposed for the Democratic bid.

The race for the United States Representative for the 4th District is heating up, with four candidates vying for the Democratic bid. Incumbent Tom Latham is unopposed for the Republican bid.

Here is a look at the candidates in those two races.

United States Senator

George S. Eichhorn

A graduate of Drake University Law School, George S. Eichhorn was born and raised in Davenport. He served as city attorney in Stratford, and is admitted for practice in the Supreme Court of the United States. Eichhorn has served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He was also Chairman of the Iowa Joint House/Senate Administrative Rules Review Committee. He currently resides near Stratford with his wife Shelly.

Steve Rathje

Steve Rathje, a Cedar Rapids native, is a true entrepreneur. After realizing he could provide Americans with jobs that were being outsourced to Mexico and China, he formed the International Procurement Services. He started another company, The Genesis Group, which is a manufacturing consulting firm. Rathje has received the “National Leadership Award” and “Business Advisory Council 2003: Businessman of the Year.”

Christopher Reed

Christopher Reed was raised in the small town of Solon. After high school he joined the United States Navy. It was here he learned the skills needed to start his own business, which is based out of Cedar Rapids.

United States Representative, 4th District

Becky Greenwald

Becky Greenwald was born in Marshalltown. Greenwald has been working for agriculture with two Iowa-grown seed companies for the past 22 years. She currently chairs the Dallas County Democrats after serving as treasurer. Active in her community, Greenwald has received two DuPont Volunteer Recognition honors.

Kurt Meyer

Kurt Meyer grew up on a farm in Mitchell County. He attended Luther College in Decorah where he met his wife Paula. For the past 16 years he has owned his own nonprofit company, the Meyer Heykes Nonprofit Partnership. He has worked with a diverse group of organizations, helping them plan and find resources they need to be successful.

William J. Meyers

A former United States Marine, William J. Meyers was born and raised in Humboldt. In the Marines he served as a terrorism specialist. Injured during a training accident, he began to work for Veterans’ rights. Meyers made his way to Austria, where he met his future wife. He believes his military and international experiences will aide him in being a good representative for the 4th district.

Kevin Miskell

Kevin Miskell is an Iowan farmer raised in Story County. For the past four years, Miskell has served as Vice President of Iowa Farmers Union. Miskell has been active in grassroots politics across the state, promoting sustainable agriculture and fighting to protect the environment. He currently farms in Stanhope with his wife and three children, not far from his father and brother’s farms.

State Representative,

7th District

Incumbent Marcella R. Frevert is running unopposed for the Democratic Party bid for state representative in the seventh district.

Debra Satern runs unopposed for the Republican Party bid for state representative in the seventh district.

State Senator, 4th District

Jack Kibbie is also unopposed in the Democratic Party race for state senator, fourth district.

The Republican Party has no candidate challenging the Iowa Senate president.