Only two of Iowa’s federal races have contested primaries, with many races already down to one candidate per party in the weeks leading up to the June 7 primary election.
Governor Kim Reynolds and Senator Chuck Grassley are both re-elected in 2022, and all four races for Iowa’s House will be contested. But only two of the races have primary fields. Several Democrats are lining up for Grassley’s Senate seat, and three Republicans are competing to challenge Rep. Cindy Axne in the 3rd District.
Reynolds and Republican incumbents in the U.S. House each face a single Democratic nominee in the march to the November general election.
Here’s where the race stands as Iowa holds its primary election on June 7. Article last updated on 06/06/22
Who is running for governor of Iowa in 2022?
Incumbent Reynolds, 62, officially launched her re-election bid in March. She focused her campaign launch on freedom, promising that “Iowa is going to be a state where you can live your life freely,” if she is re-elected.
In May, Democrats had only one challenger for Reynolds: Deidre De Jear, a 35-year-old Democratic activist and former candidate for Secretary of State. DeJear officially launched his gubernatorial campaign on August 14. She spoke to the Iowa Capital Dispatch Aug. 20 about her campaign priorities and the future of the Democratic Party in Iowa.
Reynolds leads DeJear in polls and fundraising. A March Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll found that 51% of Iowans would vote for Reynolds in a game with DeJear. Only 43% said they would support DeJear and 5% said they didn’t know who they would vote for.
DeJear has raised just under $740,000 in 2022, according to new campaign materials, after entering the year with just $8,500 in cash. Over the same period, Reynolds has raised over $1.3 million — and has nearly $5 million in his war chest.
State Representative Ras Smith withdrew his bid for governor in January, citing fundraising difficulties. Smith, 33, has represented Waterloo at Iowa House since 2017. Smith announced in February that he will not be seeking re-election to the House.
Who is running for the Iowa Senate seat in 2022?
Grassley, 88, announced in September that he would run for an eighth term in the US Senate. If he wins in 2022, he will be 95 at the end of that term.
Several Democrats lined up to challenge Grassley.
Former 1st District Representative Abby Finkenauer, 33, announced in July that she would run for the Senate in 2022. She was nearly dropped from the primary ballot after two Republicans challenged her candidacy, arguing that Finkenauer had not collected enough signatures on her nomination petitions . The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled in April that Finkenauer could be on the ballot.
Physician and Minden City Council Member Glenn Hurst, a 52-year-old Democrat, announced July 29 that he would run for the Grassley seat. Hurst has cast himself as the most progressive Democrat in the race, frequently speaking out in favor of Medicare for All.
Retired US Navy Admiral Mike Franken, 64, joined the race in October. He sought a Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2020, but lost the primary.
Grassley will also face an out-of-state Republican primary challenge Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City. Carlin, 59, has aligned himself closely with former President Donald Trump. However, Trump endorsed Grassley during an October visit to Des Moines.
Senator Joni Ernst, 51, will not be re-elected until 2026.
Who’s running for Iowa’s 1st District in 2022?
The redistricting made things a little trickier for Iowa’s House races. Currently, Rep. Ashley Hinson represents Iowa’s 1st District, but will reside and run in the 2nd District in 2022.
Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks, IA-02, announced in November that she would be moving to the 1st District and running for re-election there. His home county of Wapello was drawn into the 3rd District in the new maps.
Miller-Meeks, 66, faces a challenger in the 1st District. State Rep. Christina Bohannan, a Democrat and University of Iowa law professor, announced her candidacy in August.
Who’s running for Iowa’s 2nd district in 2022?
Hinson, 38, will run in the 2nd arrondissement in 2022.
State Senator Liz Mathis, a Democrat, will challenge Hinson in the new 2nd District. Hinson and Mathis, 63, are former television journalists.
Who’s running for Iowa’s 3rd district in 2022?
Representative Cindy Axne, 56, announced in November that she would seek re-election in the 3rd District. The two-term holder faces several Republican challengers.
State Senator Zach Nunn, 42, entered the race in July. Nunn represents Bondurant and has highlighted her Air Force career in campaign ads.
Republican Nicole Hasso also announced his candidacy in July. The Johnston resident released a campaign video that highlights her opposition as a black woman to critical race theory. US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Hasso approved August 12.
Gary Leffler, a Republican activist best known for his patriotic tractor, also filed with the Federal Election Commission to challenge Axne. Leffler has not filed any campaign finance returns since launching his campaign.
Who’s running for Iowa’s 4th district in 2022?
First-term Rep. Randy Feenstra, 53, faces an opponent in the 4th District. Democrat Ryan Melton, 37, is an insurance supervisor in Story County. Melton only raised $1,477 in the first quarter of 2022.
Who is running for other Iowa state offices?
Secretary of State: Two Democratic candidates — both county auditors and election commissioners — are running to face incumbent Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate in the general election.
Linn County Auditor Joel Miller, 66, said he was motivated to run for office statewide after Trump’s presidential campaign sued Miller for sending in ballot request forms pre-filled mail order to voters. A judge ruled in favor of the campaign, invalidating 50,000 claim forms sent by Miller’s office.
Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker, 53, has served as county auditor for 12 years and served as president of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors in 2014. In an interview with the Des Moines Register , he said he could establish a better relationship. with Iowa County listeners of all parties.
Two Republicans are vying for the June 7 primary for the chance to challenge incumbent Democrat Rob Sand in the general election:
Mary Ann Hanusa of Council Bluffs served at the Iowa House from 2011 to 2021. She served in the White House during the administrations of President George HW Bush and President George W. Bush and headed the Correspondence Office.
Clive’s Todd Halbur is the former CFO of the state’s liquor division. He is a small school supply business owner and real estate agent.
Two other statewide offices will be on the ballot in the fall:
Resources for voters
Prepare for the upcoming elections by registering to vote and marking your calendar for Election Day.
The primary elections for 2022 will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 7, 2022. Iowa has closed the primaries, meaning only registered Democrats or Republicans can participate in their party’s primaries. Iowans can register with a party or change their party affiliation through the Secretary of State’s website.
The general elections will take place on November 8, 2022.