Saturday, December 8, 2012
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Tuesday’s special election.
Both candidates in Tuesday’s special Senate District 22 election say they’re concentrating on early voting through absentee ballots as part of their strategy to capture the open seat, but voters can also cast ballots the traditional way at polls. Democrat Desmund Adams and Republican Charles Schneider are seeking the seat. Adams has been campaigning for about 20 months, Schneider for one. He was nominated by Republicans to replace Sen. Pat Ward on the ballot after she lost her months-long bout with breast cancer in mid-October. Senate District 22 includes precincts in Waukee, West Des Moines, Clive and Windsor Heights. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m., the same schedule as for regular elections. Here’s how to find polling places in…
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Republican candidate favors letting Iowans voted on same-sex marriage, while the Democrat says there are no degrees of equality.
If there’s an issue that illustrates the difference between the two candidates who want to represent Senate District 22, it’s same-sex marriage. Republican Charles Schneider and Democrat Desmund Adams square off Tuesday in a special election to represent the district, which includes Waukee, Clive and part of West Des Moines. Schneider replaces Sen. Pat Ward, who died in mid-October, on the Republican ballot. At a forum on Saturday, the only joint appearance by the two candidates in advance of Tuesday’s election, the candidates were asked about judicial retention, a normally procedural vote that became a hot-button issue after the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous Varnum v. Brien decision legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2010 three Iowa …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Voters in Waukee, Clive and West Des Moines will decide between Democrat Desmund Adams and Republican Charles Schneider.
The two candidates for Senate District 22 differ on the issue of commercial property tax reform, sure to be a key issue when the 85th Iowa General Assembly convenes in January. Candidates in the special election, called after the Sen. Pat Ward’s death in mid-October, are Democrat Desmund Adams and Republican Charles Schneider, who was nominated to replace Ward in a special convention just days after the general election. Ward’s death after a months-long bout with breast cancer occurred too late for her name to be removed from the ballot for Senate District 22, which includes Waukee, Clive and part of West Des Moines. Gov. Terry Branstad has said commercial property tax reform will be one of his top priorities in 2013. He says the state’s …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Republican opponent distances himself from report and calls it "irrelevant."
Senate District 22 candidate Desmund Adams’ campaign has dismissed as “gutter politics” a report on The Iowa Republican today recounting a nearly five-year-old child abuse charge for which the candidate was exonerated. On Dec. 11, voters in the district will choose between Adams, a Democrat, and Charles Schneider, the Republicans’ nominee to replace the late Sen. Pat Ward on the ballot. Ward died in October after a months-long bout with breast cancer, too late for her name to be stricken from the general election ballot. Adams was charged with child endangerment, a Class D felony, for allegedly whipping his son with a belt, but was subsequently found not guilty of the charges in Dallas County District Court. A Department of Human Services…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker issued a call to hold a special nominating convention to name a candidate to replace Pat Ward in the race for Iowa Senate District 22.
Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker today issued the call for a special nominating convention for Senate District 22 on Nov. 8. Attendees of the convention will nominate a Republican candidate to replace Sen. Pat Ward in the race for Iowa Senate District 22. Ward passed away on Oct. 15 from a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Ward's opponent, Democrat Desmund Adams, will face the chosen candidate in a special election to be held on Dec. 11. The special nominating convention will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Republican Party of Iowa Headquarters at 621 E. Ninth St., Des Moines. The convention will be called to order by Republican Party of Iowa Legal Council Bill Talbot and Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Respected for her civility, a beloved state senator “shared her grace” with Iowans and “left a significant void,” Gov. Terry Branstad says in the eulogy.
Family, friends and a parade of state officials and dignitaries said goodbye Friday morning to a state senator known for her firm, yet civil, voice on the Statehouse floor and her passion for public service. They remembered Senator Petricia S. "Pat" Ward as a fighter – not only against breast cancer, the disease that claimed her life Monday – but for all Iowans. Though gravely ill, Ward continued to fight for Iowans in a Senate race that friends said she wanted badly to win because she didn’t think her work was finished. Gov. Terry Branstad said Ward “defined teamwork” and was “one of those rare individuals who worked with everyone at a time when confidence in public servants is eroding.” “She met her adversaries with courage and …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Iowa’s Susan G. Komen affiliate plans a special tribute to Sen. Pat Ward at its Oct. 27 Race for the Cure.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
In her last months on Earth, State Sen. Pat Ward did what cancer survivors are told to do by their caregivers. She lived. “We tell women struggling with the disease, ‘Continue to lead as normal life as you possibly can, because that’s how you restore yourself back to normalcy,” said Roger Dahl, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Iowa affiliate. “With breast cancer, or any form of cancer, or any of the tough situations life throws at us, you have got to have hope,” he said. “If you don’t have hope, you don’t have anything.” Normalacy for Ward, 55, was an unforgiving schedule as she campaigned for re-election to her seat in the Iowa Senate, where she has served as assistant majority leader. Her husband, John Ward, said his wife was “…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Mullen stands by ad that blames Iowa Bar Association for gay marriage ruling.
Waukee Point of Grace Church Pastor Jeff Mullen, who’s seeking election to Iowa Senate District 22, is crying foul after the president of the Iowa State Bar Association asked WHO Radio to remove radio ads critical of the organization or face legal action. One of Mullen’s radio ads – which his opponent, Sen. Pat Ward, says distorts her record – claims Ward “is endorsed by the left-wing Iowa State Bar Association, the people who gave us a radical Supreme Court and gay marriage.” In a letter to WHO Radio and the Des Moines Register, ISBA President Robert V.P. Waterman Jr. said the ad is “false and defamatory.” On May 23, the Bar Association asked Mullen to immediately retract the statement. “The Iowa State Bar Association did not ‘give’ the …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Radio ads set tenor of race in new district covering parts of West Des Moines, Waukee and Clive.
Sen. Pat Ward, R-Clive, out-raised and outspent her Senate District 22 opponent, Waukee Point of Grace Church Pastor Jeff Mullen, during the period from Jan. 1 to May 14. Campaign finance reports filed this week with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board showed Ward raised $34,915, compared with $20,900 raised by Mullen, R-Clive. Ward has about $37,150 in cash on hand. Mullen has $8,560. Debate in the race is taking place in paid media, with candidates airing dueling ads. Mullen has aired ads that Ward says misrepresent her positions on abortion and gun rights. The race is one of the most closely watched in the state. Ward said she’s running about nine spots a day on WHO Radio. Her campaign paid Victory Enterprises of Davenport $17,…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sen. Pat Ward says her opponent, Point of Grace Church Pastor Jeff Mullen, is “desperate.”
In the bitter and closely watched fight to retain a seat in the Iowa Senate, Sen. Pat Ward is crying foul against a new attack ad aired by Pastor Jeff Mullen, her opponent in the June 5 Republican primary. The winner of the District 22 primary will face Democrat Desmund Adams in November. Ward currently represents District 21, and moved to the new district after redistricting would have pitted her against a popular Democrat, Sen. Matt McCoy. The ad, which accuses moderate Ward of voting like a Democrat and being an “unreliable moderate,” is a distortion of her record, Ward told the Des Moines Register. What do you think about the tenor of the Senate District 22 race? Tell us in comments. The Mullen ad says Ward voted to take guns away from…