Kevin Wolfswinkel's announcement Monday gives up a potential primary race for the GOP nomination -- District 1 includes Lyon, Osceola and most of Dickinson counties. Current District 6 state Rep. Jeff Smith resides in the new district and is considered likely to run again. The primary election is June 5.
"The Republican Party and the citizens of District 1 deserve a leader who will not just give lip service to the priority issues, but will be a leader who will go to Des Moines and fight for them," Wolfswinkel said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
He said a pro-life philosophy, the restoration of 2nd amendment rights and less government are party pillars, which require uncompromising dedication.
"Funding priorities and problem areas, such as education and social services, will require people who are able to identify the problems and then find solutions to turn these areas around to best serve Iowans," he added. "My experience as a farmer, businessman, church leader, husband and father will enable me to rise to the challenges ahead."
Wolfswinkel is a native of Osceola County and has farmed for 35 years. He has also served on the county Farm Bureau board for over 20 years, including time as president. The candidate says he has worked with commodity groups such as the Soybean Association and Pork Producers. He has been married for 28 years and currently serves on his church board, the Osceola Republican central committee, and the county Farm Bureau board.
"I have a B.A. in Accounting and have worked with many service organizations including Helping Hand Pregnancy Center and Love INC," he said. "If elected, I will utilize my experiences in agriculture, business, Farm Bureau and other issue based organizations to hit the ground running once in Des Moines. I ask the citizens of District 1 for their support and look forward to meeting and working with them."