Former Charles City teacher to challenge for Iowa House District 58 – KCHA News

Republican candidate Charley Thomson of Charles City will not run unopposed for the new Iowa House District 58.

Former Charles City teacher and longtime Floyd County resident Dené Lundberg has officially announced her campaign to run for office on the Democratic side. Lundberg will be nominated at a special Democratic nominating convention for the district on Saturday, July 16.

In a statement, Lundberg said, “I have lived in rural Iowa my entire life and in Floyd County for the past three decades. I love our community and too often we’ve seen rural Iowa left behind in the state house – whether it’s bills that harm the public schools that are the heart of our communities or bills that do not benefit family farms and promote responsible land management. I stand ready to be a loud voice working hard to find solutions to issues affecting rural and middle-class Iowans in the state house.

The new Iowa House District 58 includes all of Chickasaw County, the majority of Floyd County including Charles City, and the eastern two-thirds of Bremer County east of but not including Waverly.

There were no Democrats in the June primary ballot, while Thomson won the Republican nomination after securing nearly 55% of the vote to beat Sumner’s Jim Wright and Fairbank’s Sean Galleger.

Lundberg’s husband, Jim, is also running for office. The Charles City High School ag teacher and 9th grade football coach became the Democratic nominee for the new Floyd County District 3 supervisor seat with a write-in campaign for the June primary. He will face Jeff Hawbaker, the only candidate in the running for the Republican primary.