Who's running in Iowa's June 7 primary election? Here's what voters need to know
From a slate of Democrats vying for a U.S. Senate seat to crowded statehouse races around the Des Moines metro, Tuesday's primary election will set the stage for a competitive general election in November.
The June 7 primary will decide which candidates will appear on the November 8 ballot.
Des Moines Register reporters have been tracking the candidates for months, attending events and interviewing political hopefuls. If you're just now tuning into the races — we've got you covered.
How to vote in Iowa's 2022 primary election
Early voting for the June 7 primary began on May 18 and will continue through Monday, June 6. It's too late to request an absentee ballot by mail, but voters may vote early in-person. Check with your county auditor for more details on polling locations and hours.
On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can find their polling locations through the Iowa Secretary of State's website.
Iowans must be registered with a political party to participate in the primary election. Eligible Iowans can register to vote online, by mail or at the polls on Election Day.
Remember to bring a form of identification, like a driver's license, passport or voter identification card. Find a complete list of acceptable forms of ID at the Secretary of State's website.
Three Democrats have lined up for the seat, including former U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer and retired Navy Adm. Mike Franken.
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Several statewide races have no primaries this year. Just one Democrat, Deidre DeJear, will take on incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds in the fall. On the other side of the aisle, Republican Brenna Bird is the only one challenging Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller, and state Sen. Roby Smith, R-Davenport, is running unopposed against Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a Democrat.
Other races will have party matches for primary voters. Former state Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa and former Alcoholic Beverage Division comptroller Todd Halbur are competing for the Republican nomination for auditor. Democrat Rob Sand is running for re-election to the auditor's office.
Two Democrats are running for Secretary of State, an office currently held by Republican Paul Pate.
U.S. House — 3rd Congressional District
Three Republicans have lined up to challenge Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne in the 3rd District. The district includes Polk County and extends to the west and south.
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Des Moines metro races
Many Iowa House and Senate races around Des Moines will not be contested in the primary. But voters in some districts will have a slate of candidates to choose from, like the six-candidate Democratic primary in House District 36.
Other districts have been the subject of political intrigue, as Gov. Kim Reynolds endorsed primary challengers to incumbent Republican lawmakers.
Looking to learn more about local races? We sent a survey to primary candidates around the metro. Here's what they told us:
- Here's where the Democratic candidates in Senate District 17 stand on education, climate change and taxes. The district includes the north side of Des Moines.
- Where the Democratic candidates for Iowa House District 28 stand on education, climate change and taxes. The seat includes West Des Moines, Van Meter and Adel.
- Where Iowa House District 31 Democratic candidates stand on taxes, child care and bipartisanship. The district includes parts of West Des Moines.
- Where the Democratic candidates for Iowa House District 43 stand on education, taxes and other issues. This seat includes Johnston.
- It's one of the largest contested primaries in the state. Here's where candidates in Des Moines' House 36 race stand on the issues. The district includes downtown Des Moines and neighborhoods surrounding Gray's Lake and Water Works Park.
- The south side Des Moines House 30 race is heating up. Here are the candidates' positions. The seat includes the south side.
- Here's where the candidates stand on issues like education and tax cuts in House District 46. The district includes Urbandale and Grimes.
Polk County races
Polk County residents will vote in two contested primaries for Polk County officials: attorney and treasurer.