Two Republicans in the Iowa House up for reelection in November are set to clash in a primary with a newly redrawn district in southeast Iowa set as the backdrop.
Iowa House District 87 is a combination of the former Iowa Districts 82 and 84. Both State Representatives from the districts (Jeff Shipley of Birmingham and Joe Mitchell of Mount Pleasant, respectively) have announced their intentions to run for reelection in the new district. District 87 covers all of Van Buren County as well as the southern portions of Henry and Jefferson County including Mount Pleasant and Fairfield.
Mitchell, who made his announcement last week, owns and operates a real estate company that focuses on providing housing for seniors living in rural areas. In the House, Mitchell serves on the Administration and Rules, Commerce, Judiciary, State Government, Ways and Means committees, and the RIIF budget subcommittee, in addition to his role as an assistant leader.
Shipley serves on the Information Technology and Local Government committees. He is also a member of the joint International Relations Committee in addition to being the Vice-Chair of the Labor Committee.
Both Mitchell and Shipley are seeking their third term in the Iowa House.