- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Orange City Democrat will run for a heavily Republican northwest Iowa House seat in January.

John Buntsma, a former newspaper manager and editor at the Le Mars Daily, the Sioux County Capital-Democrat and the Dayton Review will be the Democrat on the ballot in House District 4, the most heavily populated Republican district in the state.

Republicans have chosen John Kooiker, a retired postal service worker and a Sioux County farmer.

Gov. Terry Branstad has set a Jan. 6 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Republican Rep. Dwayne Alons. He died earlier this month.

The district includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth.

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