Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker today issued the call for a special nominating convention for House District 33 in Des Moines. The convention will be used to fill a vacancy on the ballot. Whoever is nominated will run against Democrat House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The seat is located in the southeast side of Des Moines. Democrats hold a voter registration edge of more than 4,500 in HD 33.
McCarthy gained notoriety during the 2012 legislative session when led a walkout of House Democrats in protest of two 2nd Amendment bills brought to the floor by House Republicans. As a result of the Democrats fleeing the Capitol, celebrations of Black History Month, which had been scheduled for several weeks, were forced to be cancelled. The celebrations had been heavily promoted by the House Democrats. Attendees from around the state had travelled to the Capitol to take part in the events.
The details of the special nominating convention are as follows:
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 1
Special Nominating Convention House District-33
Republican Party of Iowa Headquarters
621 East 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50309
The convention will be called to order by State Central Committee member Gopal Krishna. Twelve Polk County Central Committee members, who represent precincts in House District 33, are eligible to be voting delegates at the convention