A long-time northwest Iowa lawmaker has been diagnosed with renal cancer in his left kidney.
Republican Dwayne Alons of Hull is a retired Iowa Air National Guard Brigadier General. He has served in the Iowa House for the past 16 years. Alons is seeking reelection this November. He released a statement, saying he will undergo treatments this fall for his cancer and plans to continue serving in the legislature. He does not have an opponent in this fall’s election.
Alons, who is nearly 68 years old, released a written statement thanking family, friends and neighbors for their prayers. Alons say’s he’s relying on Jesus — who he calls “the great Physician” — and the “unity in prayer” as a “powerful force against this attack on my body.”
State Senator Joe Seng is also undergoing cancer treatment. Seng, a Democrat from Davenport, announced in early September that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Seng is seeking reelection and, like Alons, Seng does not face an opponent on the November ballot.