It looks like a woman from eastern Iowa will serve as the Iowa Democratic Party’s chair through November. Michael Kiernan announced on Wednesday that he was resigning as Iowa Democratic Party chairman for health reasons. He has a tumor in his salivary gland and he is to undergo surgery to determine whether it’s cancerous.

The Iowa Democratic Party’s state central committee met Thursday night. Governor Culver, the state’s top Democratic elected official, told the group his “preference” is that Sue Dvorsky — the party’s vice chair — “take the position for the remainder of the election cycle.”

Dvorsky, who is from Coralville, has been active in party politics for years in Iowa’s most-Democratic county — Johnson County. Dvorsky has been a teacher in Iowa City schools. Her husband, Bob Dvorsky, is a long-time state legislator.