Special election set for open state House seat

Aug 10, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says a special election will be held Oct. 22 to fill a vacant state House seat.

Branstad announced the plan Friday. Voters will pick a new representative for House District 33, which covers part of Polk County. The seat will be open because Democratic Rep. Kevin McCarthy is resigning.

McCarthy — who also serves as the House Democratic leader — announced last week that he would resign from elected office to take a position with the state attorney general's office.

McCarthy's final day in office will be Aug. 15.

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