It looks like Republicans Adrian Dickey and Jeff Shipley will return to Des Moines in January. Dickey has previously served in the Senate. He will return to represent Senate District 44. He came out ahead of his challenger, Rich Taylor who also brought experience as an Iowa Senator to the race. Dickey received 66.49% of the vote. That’s 15,311 votes from a district that encompasses Van Buren, Jefferson, and Keokuk Counties and portions of Mahaska and Henry Counties. 7,695 voters cast their ballots for Rich Taylor. That’s 33.42% of the vote.
Democrat Mike Heaton ran in his first campaign but came up short against Republican Jeff Shipley. Shipley previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives but not representing this exact district, now identified as House District 87. This district, as a result of re-districting covers Van Buren, Jefferson and a portion of Henry County. Shipley garnered 6,437 votes, that’s 55.46%. Heaton received 5,151 votes, 44.38%.
Incumbent Mindy Fitzgibbon lost her bid to keep her job as Henry County Recorder to newcomer Lynnae Buffington. Buffington received 4,183 votes and Fitzgibbon received 2,534 votes.
Henry County saw almost 50% voter turnout. There are 14,113 register voters. 7, 025 cast votes in these midterm elections. Of that number 2,845 people voted absentee or early.