Iowa state Senator intends to challenge Loebsack for seat

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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Sen. Joe Seng, D-Davenport said he plans to run against Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

Seng said he wants to run because he said he believes a moderate Democrat would help create some needed change, according to the Register.

He has collected around 150 signatures since the morning of March 2, according to the Register; he needs 1,229 to get on the ballot. Seng has until March 16 to get the signatures.

Seng is serving his third term as senator but is not up for re-election this year. He also served a term in the Iowa House and was a former mayor pro tem and alderman at large in Davenport, according to the Register. He is also a veterinarian who was in favor of the "Ag Gag" bill, according to the Register.

Loebsack's campaign declined to comment on Seng's plans to run.

— by Jordyn Reiland

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