Iowa: Seven Republicans Seek to Challenge Boswell

Posted March 22, 2010 at 6:39pm

Seven Republicans have filed to run against Rep. Leonard Boswell (D).

The GOP field includes Jim Gibbons, a former college wrestling coach who has support from some members of the House Republican leadership, and state Sen. Brad Zaun.

Other Republicans meeting the filing deadline were businessman Jason Lee Welch, retired architect Mark Rees, pilot Dave Funk, psychiatrist Pat Bertroche and businessman Scott Batcher.

Boswell does not have a primary challenger. Neither does any other Iowa incumbent.

But there are crowded GOP primaries shaping up in the 1st district, which is represented by Rep. Bruce Braley (D), and in the 2nd district, represented by Rep. Dave Loebsack (D).

The four candidates fighting for the chance to run against Braley are retired farmer James Budde, Navy veteran Will Johnson, retired John Deere worker Mike LaCoste and former Congressional aide Benjamin Lange.

Vying to run against Loebsack are businessman Rob Gettemy, 2008 nominee Mariannette Miller-Meeks and two 2008 Senate candidates, Steven Rathje and Christopher Reed.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is a heavy favorite to win a sixth term against the winner of a three-candidate Democratic primary that features lawyer Roxanne Conlin and former state legislators Bob Krause and Tom Fiegen.