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Hess clinches Clay County, House nomination

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Megan Hess
Contest between former teacher, student begins

The Iowa House District 2 Republican Primary came down to Clay County voters for candidates Megan Hess and Josh Davenport Tuesday evening.

Hess earned 743 of her 1,139 votes in her home county to secure nearly 54 percent of the vote, while 515 of Davenport's 979 votes came from Clay County voters.

"I'm really excited," Hess said. "We ran the best campaign we possibly could have. Waking up this morning, of course there were some nerves, but we worked our tails off. We felt good about everything we did and we ran a good, clean campaign."

The district's Democratic Primary featured Steve Bomgaars as the lone candidate, and he claimed a total of 937 votes.

While the contested race featured two Spencer residents, Davenport's advantage came in Palo Alto County, where he won by 67 votes, and Dickinson County, which he claimed by a mere vote.

"I think Clay County was probably the epicenter of this race because of the population here," Hess said. "In saying that, there were sheriffs races going on in the other two counties. We figured turnout in Palo Alto County would be lower because the sheriffs race brought more voters to the Democratic side."

Josh Davenport
Davenport said he was not surprised with the breakdown of the numbers.

"It's exactly what I expected as far as Palo Alto and Dickinson counties and the rural areas," Davenport said. "I knew, coming into the campaign this late, certain areas were going to be tougher to win because most of those peole were already committed to a candidate."

He stopped short of regretting his March entry into the race.

Steve Bomgaars
"It would have been more beneficial for me to come in earlier but, then again, I had no intentions of entering the race until February," Davenport said.

With 160 votes ultimately separating the two Spencer precincts proved decisive for Hess.

While she lives in Ward 5 of Spencer and won 92 to 56 there, it was her 131-vote advantage in Ward 4 that sealed the deal.

"That's the precinct it really came down to," Hess said. "That's the last precinct that came in and pushed us over the edge. We went door to door and tried to meet as many people we could. I had done some work in Ward 4 previously. That just happened to be where we focused a lot of our efforts in the end and it ended up working well for us."

Though Davenport came up short of the nomination, he thanked everyone involved with his campaign.

"I want to make sure I thank all my supporters and voters and volunteers that helped with the campaign," he said. "I believe the fact we were able to raise over $13,000 and amass about 1,000 voters in three months shows there's still room for conservatives within the Republican Party."

With June 5 behind her, Hess is now focused on Nov. 6.

"I look forward to Republicans uniting and working to beat Steve Bomgaars in November," Hess concluded.

Bomgaars called Hess to congratulate her on the win Tuesday evening, and also visited with Davenport Wednesday.

"I'm really excited about the race," he said. "I think, now knowing that we do have an opponent and who it is, I think we're able to offer the voters in House District 2 a very clear choice between the two candidates."

He attributed his high number of votes to "a great core team of volunteers," and also several contested Democratic races in Palo Alto County "that ginned up the turnout."

Bomgaars, a lifelong Spencer resident, has been a Spencer High School government and politics teacher for more than 30 years.

Hess is a former student of Bomgaars, who went on to study Law, Politics and Society and Business at Drake University before graduating from William Mitchell College of Law.

Both candidates have political experience.

Hess began working as a page in the Iowa Legislature in 2005, worked for the chair of the Public Safety Committee until college graduation and spent time working in the White House Office of Public Liaison and Office of Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs. She has also spent time in the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King, both of Iowa, and worked for the Minnesota House research staff while in law school.

Bomgaars has served on the Spencer City Council since 2004.

"That has allowed me the experience to work toward consensus on issues," Bomgaars said. "I've worked on budgets, listened to constituents, provided open forums for them to air their concerns and work through those."

"I really think there's going to be a spotlight on this race, primarily because I was his student at one time," Hess added. "But I believe, with the Republican voter advantage and the environment that we have now, people are tired of gridlock and are waiting for a candidate who can get stuff done in the legislature."

* Russ Mitchell of the Dickinson County News contributed to this report.

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Way to go Megan! best of luck in November

-- Posted by jlees on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 12:43 AM

Great job Megan! It is inspiring to see that the voters of Clay, Dickinson and Palo Alto counties recognize that Megan will work towards a better district and a better Iowa. I hope this trend continues and the radical Tea Party right wing understands that we all have to come together to move forward.

-- Posted by bburns01 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 9:31 AM

I for one will not vote for Megan Hess. My vote will be for Steve Bomgaars for the reasons listed below.

LIE 1: When the Republican Party endorses a candidate that claims to be a attorney and is not. An attorney is a officer of the court.

LIE 2: Lied on the Second Amendment Iowa Gun Owners Survey form.

That is not my kind of Republican Candidate. I'm changing my voter registration from Republican to NO PARTY this week. I hope many other Republicans do the same.



718.2 Impersonating a public official.

Any person who falsely claims to be or assumes to act as an elected or appointed officer , magistrate, peace officer , or person authorized to act on behalf of the state or any subdivision thereof, having no authority to do so, commits an aggravated misdemeanor.

[C51, 2671, 2672; R60, 4298, 4299; C73, 3962, 3963; C97, 4901, 4902; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, 13306, 13307

-- Posted by wokenup on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 10:18 AM

I'm also going to join Tea Party that is trying to stop all the lies and inform people. Call them radicals all you want that just shows me how the RHINO REPUBLICANS are afraid they will get caught.

-- Posted by wokenup on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 10:33 AM

Will be interesting to see if Davenport runs as an independent.

-- Posted by financeman on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 10:39 AM

Again, I want a source on what she lied about on the survey. 3-4 people have stated that point to me but not one person has provided any proof she lied.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 10:54 AM


House District 2:

Iowa Gun Owners was going to remain quiet in this race since both candidates completed

their survey 100%. We had concerns since one of the candidates, Megan Hess (R) worked

in the General Assembly this past year for the notoriously anti-gun Clel Baudler. Baudler

KILLED Constitutional Carry in his committee and did so proudly.

Running against Hess is Josh Davenport (R), a longtime Iowa Gun Owners supporter.

Josh is very vocal about his stance on the 2nd Amendment and eagerly completed our

survey 100% in favor of our gun rights.

However, this past Saturday Hess was interviewed by the Spencer paper in her district and she

removed any doubt about the fact the she LIED on her candidate survey. Not only

does Hess not support Constitutional Carry - she thinks we need a new bureaucracy

to make the government mandated training requirements more regulated!

Clearly Hess intends to go to Des Moines and bargin away our 2nd Amendment rights!

She's just telling the voters what she thinks they want to hear - and she's not even elected


-- Posted by wokenup on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 11:08 AM

Yeah I saw that yesterday, but it doesn't explain WHAT she lied about on the survey. If it's about constitutional carry, how do they know she is against it? Because she worked for someone that was? I don't always agree with my boss so lumping them together is only assuming. (which they even say so shown here at http://iowafreedomreport.com/?m=201206 ) Is there evidence of her saying she was against it previously? This letter or whatever it is that you copied and pasted is only hearsay and she can't be called a liar on this subject until actual proof is given. Once you do that, then I will believe you.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 11:40 AM

I just requested a copy from Iowa Gun Owners and you can also get one.

You can contact Iowa Gun Owners in the following ways:

1. By email using info@iowagunowners.org;

2. By the mail. Our address is Iowa Gun Owners, P.O. Box 3585, Des Moines, IA 50323.

3. Over the phone by calling 515/309-7858.

-- Posted by wokenup on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 11:51 AM

Doesn't matter who won, all GOP is now owned by extreme right wing over the cliff no compromise on anything wingnuts.

They'll eat her up and spit her out as GOP has been eating it's own moderates nation wide for the last few years.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 12:18 PM

The low number of Ruthven voters yesterday may be to our citizens having to drive to graettinger to vote. Seems to me our county made it difficult for busy people to get to the polls. I have voted in every election for over forty years until yesterday. Can you fix that for us Megan?

-- Posted by ruthventaxpayer on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:04 PM

concerned about being able to vote? Google Paul Wyrich then decide if the GOP wants people to vote.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 3:18 PM

Helped_myself: Moderates might as well switch to the Democratic party...that's where they belong.

Following the US Constitution is "extreme right-wing"? I guess that means that the US was founded by a bunch of right wing extremists...Washington, Madison, Franklin, Jefferson...I'm proud to agree with them...

-- Posted by Dennis the Menace on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 5:54 PM

"Hess is a former student of Bomgaars, who went on to study Law, Politics and Society and Business at Drake University before graduating from William Mitchell College of Law."

How do you figure she lied about being an attorney? Because she has not taken or passed a bar exam perhaps? She has not said she's admitted to the bar anywhere that I am aware of. But maybe she is. WIth her work in the legislature, she didn't actually have to have a law license. But I do believe graduating from law school makes her a lawyer. Lawyers do a lot of tasks that have nothing to do with appearing and representing clients in courts.

Don't misunderstand -- I'm voting for Bomgaars anyway. I'm still bummed that the district was altered and we cannot have Jeff Smith, but given the situation I believe Bomgaars will represent us well.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 8:55 AM

OK bburns01

The right wing radical Tea Party.

1: On February 28 these radicals took a 85 year old blind woman to the Governors office. The state of Iowa was trying to take away her Home Health Care. DHS stated she could change clothes therefore didn't need any help cleaning her home. It took the Tea Party and Governor 1 week and 3 days to get her benefits back. They wanted her placed in a nursing home. WOW really Radical isn't it.

2: On May 18th these Radicals ask the Governor to help free clinics like the Dream Center. Ask to get legislation in place so the Liability insurance wasn't stopping Doctors, Nurses and others from donating there time. Also ask that some grant money was available to help get equipment and supplies for them. Really a bunch of radicals aren't they.

3: Stopped the USDA from shutting down some small business across Iowa. USDA tried to shut down a Chicken cleaning business from Missouri Valley that only done this for Farmers and FFA kids. They confiscated 100 donated Chickens at a Sioux City food bank, a farmer gave to that food bank. Threatened to not only shut them down but Fine them as much a 1,ooo per bird. These radical Tea Party's are just to much so lets burn them at the stake.

These are just a few thing we have done over the past year.

Maybe if more people were involved with the Tea Party they might learn something about what they really do like inform people.

Bet you didn't know a Legislator stood on the House floor and said she believed all baby's born should be taken away at birth. She said these children should be taken to a learning center away from there parents. The Tea Party's are trying to get her out of office. WOW another radical thing to try and stop or do you guys agree with her.

Maybe if more of you would either go to Des Moines and watch what these legislators do or just watch the live feed at http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-IC... you might have a better understanding of how sick this state really is.

-- Posted by bauerly on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 10:48 AM


Just call the Iowa Bar to get the answer or just believe me. You can't call yourself an attorney until you pass the Iowa State Bar. Calling yourself an Attorney is saying your an officer of the court or in her case impersonating a officer of the court. Here is there number

2011 The Iowa State Bar Association

625 East Court Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309


-- Posted by wokenup on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 11:06 AM

The founding fathers were not right wing extremists. They were progressives. They were very smart to write it so that it could apply to future events and conditions they could not even imagine, such as cars, computers, planes, etc. Hence it is a living document.

That's the genius of the constitution. And where the arguments lie. Some believe you have no rights unless they are specifically stated in the constituion. Others believe you are endowed with rights and that a right can only be denied if spelled out in the constitution (ie. women voting). Hence the ability to amend the constitution.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 11:25 AM

wokenup, I worked for lawyers for 7 years. In the firm where we had new associates who had graduated from law school but had yet to sit for and pass the bar, they were introduced to the public as new attorneys, and they did procedural attorney work in the firm. They signed legal documents "Joe K. Blow, Attorney at Law" or "For the Firm" and really did everything the other attorneys did, but under their supervision. It was very cute how they were smart from book learning but were asking us assistants how to go file something at the courthouse, but they were attorneys.

You might say that firm was doing it wrong and should have been sanctioned, but given that it was a firm that had been around since the 1920s, and the senior lawyers all had around 30 years of legal experience, I think they knew how to limit the risk of all being disbarred for fraudulent behavior.

I would venture that this is something like the situation of Ms. Hess. A person with a Juris Doctor is an attorney.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 10:03 PM

That's not what the IOWA BAR will tell you and they know what there talking about. When Ms. Hess used the "I'm a attorney" it was for personal gain unlike the law firms you are talking about.

-- Posted by wokenup on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 10:45 PM

HM, By the current Department of Homeland Security's standards, the original Founding Fathers would have been considered Right-Wing Extremists.

All this time I thought the US Constitution restricted what the government could do...I had no idea that it granted us our rights. Maybe you have a different version than mine because my rights come from our creator.

Yes, we are a nation of laws (too many laws!) and we are to obey them but my freedom and rights do not come from a piece of paper issued by the government.

-- Posted by Dennis the Menace on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 12:11 AM


I posted the solution to your question but you insist on trying to justify Ms. Hess, who called herself an Attorney. Just call the Iowa State Bar Association for the answer. You keep trying to dodge and make excuses for her. I called and gave all of you the answer. Better yet call the Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Board at 515-725-8017. They are the ones who will go after her and most likely the Law Firm you worked for.

Iowa State Bar Association

625 East Court Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309


-- Posted by wokenup on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:00 AM

wokenup, I may call the Iowa State Bar on Monday, or I might talk to one of three attorneys I have worked for who have served as President of the Iowa State Bar Association. Over the weekend, I am pinging some of my Facebook friends who are newer lawyers to find some overarching authority I can link to, to show that a person with a J.D. calling herself an attorney is neither fraudulent or a discipline-invoking offense to the legal profession or the people of her state.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 6:10 PM


Here is a discussion among lawyers/attorneys as to the use of the word, for a beginning of some actual authority on the subject.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 6:27 PM

Let me get this straight, if I would graduate from Iowa Lakes Community College with a degree in the criminal justice system, according to some of you I could call myself an F.B.I. agent or a police chief, how about an under cover cop. Heck, why stop there, I have a position on the U.S. Supreme Court. Wouldn't you ask me to PROVE IT !!

-- Posted by older and wiser on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 10:59 AM

older and wiser, I think that's a bit of a hyperbole. You wouldn't be hired by the FBI, appointed as a police chief, or working as an undercover cop, I presume. Assuming she is not also lying about her degree -- a J.D., juris doctor, from law school, then calling herself an attorney is not a lie. If you graduated from the culinary program at Iowa Lakes, you could call yourself a chef, regardless of where you eventually found work, if anywhere. If you earned your LPN from Iowa Lakes, you could call yourself a nurse.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 2:10 PM

Amy, Amy, Amy. In your above response, I wouldn't be hired by these law enforcement agencies, YOU PRESUME. See, your not even sure of that. A doctor is a licensed practitioner, are not attorneys also to be licensed? I haven't found any where, where it says, if you have a J.D. you can call yourself any thing you want. That's a right of passage to the next step. Or maybe you PRESUME she is licensed. This another example of the blind leading the blind. ENOUGH SAID.....

-- Posted by older and wiser on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 11:56 PM

My wife was a nurse for many years and a graduate of a nursing school. She could not get a job as an RN without passing her state board exam . You cant call yourself a CPA unless you pass the CPA test and you cant call yourself a lawyer unless you pass the bar . Simple as that. I did not support Megan. I supported Josh though I would have preferred that he had spent less time going after Megans statements and more time on his thoughts on how we could do things better and IMHO he had good thoughts on that. I did not hear Megan make the comments she did about being a lawyer and I do not know her intent when she made those commments. I hope she did not make them for dishonest reasons .

-- Posted by cow man on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 8:14 AM

older and wiser, I wish you would look at my statement in context. You present the situation that you just graduated from Iowa Lakes in law enforcement. They would not hire you as police chief, because they would go with a candidate who had law enforcement experience. Same with FBI agent -- I believe new 4 year graduates have a chance to be admitted to an FBI academy, but I believe generally they also hire agents with government and /or law enforcement experience. Your parallel now is like saying Megan Hess is going to apply for an appointment to the Supreme Court. If Megan Hess, J.D. is not an attorney, what is she? If nothing in particular, professionally, then why on earth did she, and anyone else, go to law school? Yes, I was assuming she was accurate in saying she had earned a J.D.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 8:33 AM

Amy, the difference is someone that has graduated with a degree in criminal justice can be hired as a police chief. In small towns with a one man police force they might hire a recent graduate and call that person their police chief. You can NOT present yourself as an attorney until you pass the State Bar Exam. You can work for a law firm but you can not represent clients until you pass the bar. The law firm can not list her as an attorney with that firm until she passes the bar. All she can call herself is a law firm employee with a J.D. degree. She went to law school so she could become a lawyer but she has not completed that process yet.

-- Posted by Henry Blake on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 9:19 AM

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