Besides the Republican gubernatorial race and the contest among the three Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, there were two other statewide primaries on Tuesday.
Dave Jamison, the Story County Treasurer, won the Republican Party’s nomination for State Treasurer. “We were able to take advantage of the network I have of county officials and local officials around the state,” Jamison said during an interview with Radio Iowa shortly before midnight. “And then I just got a good team around me that’s pushing me all the time, so it feels pretty good.”
Jamison will challenge Democrat Mike Fitzgerald in November’s election. Jamison plans to question Fitzgerald’s failure to stop an Iowa Public Retirement System investment in a California firm that is now accused of bilking investors. “I think job one for a public finance officer is to protect the public’s money,” Jamison said. “I think when you have (millions) missing, it’s pretty clear it’s a lack of due dilligence.”
Matt Schultz, a member of the Council Bluffs City Council, won the Republican nomination for Secretary of State, beating two other G.O.P. competitors. “I’m really excited. I didn’t expect this,” Schultz said late last night during an interview with Radio Iowa. “I think it just goes to show all the great people who were out there helping me and the grassroots organization that we put together.”
Schultz will challenge Democrat Michael Mauro who will be seeking a second term as Iowa’s Secretary of State this November. “Personally, I think he just hasn’t done enough to secure our elections,” Schultz said. “If I’m elected secretary of state, I’m going to fight to require a photo I.D. when you go to vote.” Schultz also proposes a “crime stoppers hotline” so Iowans can report suspected cases of voter fraud.