Gov. Branstad sets date for special election to fill Joe Seng’s Senate seat

Dr. Joe Seng
Dr. Joe Seng

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – A date has been set for a special election to choose someone to fill the Iowa State Senate seat held by the late Dr.Joe Seng of Davenport. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Wednesday directing a special election to be held on Dec. 27, 2016, for Iowa Senate District 45.

Dr. Seng died Fri. Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 69. He was battling brain cancer, but continued to work during the 2016 legislative session. His term runs through 2018.

According Branstad’s office, the governor felt the best date for the special election would be Nov. 8,  which is the day of the general election, as a way to ensure high voter turnout and save Scott County money.  However, Iowa code allows the county auditor to prevent a special election from occurring the same day of a general election, if the auditor believes there are undue difficulties with administering both elections at the same time.

The Scott County Auditor objected to the Nov. 8 date, so it will be held on Tue., Dec. 27, 2016.

Senate District 45 is comprised of portions of Scott County.


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