On Thursday, January 5th, the Scott County Democratic Party selected Monica Kurth to be their nominee in the Iowa House District 89 special election to replace Jim Lykam. Lykam was elected to the Iowa State Senate in a special election on December 27th, defeating Republican Mike Gonzales.

“I’m honored to receive the nomination to be the Democratic candidate in House District 89,” said Kurth, of Davenport. “Over the coming weeks, I plan to meet with voters throughout the district to listen to their concerns. In addition, I will work closely with Senator-elect Lykam and learn as much from him as possible moving forward.”

Kurth, a mother of 2 adult children, is a long-time resident of Davenport. She served as an instructor and counselor at Scott Community College for over twenty years. Kurth is active in Quad Cities Interfaith, a coalition of community groups and congregations that work together to address local issues like education funding and access to health care.

“I will be a strong advocate for working families in Davenport who are working hard everyday to make ends meet,” said Kurth. “We need to raise wages for families in Scott County, ensure our kids get a great education, and make sure our seniors have the retirement security they deserve. In everything I do, I’ll keep focused on working families, not special interests.”

The date for the special election in House District 89 has not yet been set by Governor Branstad. Republicans will hold a nominating convention to select their candidate on January 12th.