Kerr, a Republican elected in 2016, is likely to have an opponent in the November election.

MEDIAPOLIS — State Rep. Dave Kerr likely will have a Democratic challenger in the November election now that two Democrats have declared their candidacies.

Lanny Hillyard, a former sales manager for Purina and current Southeastern Community College trustee, lives in Mediapolis. He also is a member of the Mediapolis Lions Club and Kingston United Methodist Church.

Hillyard is running to unseat GOP Rep. Kerr in House District 88, which includes portions of Louisa, Muscatine and Des Moines counties.

"I've decided to run for the Iowa State Legislature because I have a passion to serve the people in my community that I've been working in my entire life," Hillyard said in a statement received Tuesday. "I want to improve the quality of life in my community. We need to put the people of Iowa first again, that starts by working together to improve the things we all care about like building a strong economy."

Because he grew up in a small community, Hillyard said he would be an advocate for rural Iowa if elected to the Capitol in Des Moines.

"We need education to be a higher priority, affordable and accessible health care, jobs with good benefits and job training, and to invest in sustainable solutions to protect our environment and water quality."

According to the Iowa secretary of state's office, Hillyard has submitted his nomination papers ahead of the Friday deadline. Kerr, the incumbent Republican, also has submitted his paperwork and will be on the June 5 primary ballot.

Noah Canady, a Democrat from Grandview, also has declared his candidacy.