By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Rowley rolls in D1 race

Spirit Lake Republican to join Iowa Senate


December 16, 2021

Dave Rowley, of Spirit Lake.

A contested special election in Iowa Senate District 1 on Tuesday ended up nowhere close to competitive.

Republican Dave Rowley defeated Democrat Mark Lemke with 75.6 percent of the vote. Both men hail from Spirit Lake and were vying to succeed former District 1 senator Zach Whiting, who resigned in October due to an impending move to Texas.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the people of northwest Iowa. The work begins now," Rowley said in a news release. "As the legislative session nears, I look forward to completing [Zach] Whiting's term and achieving our shared priorities....

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