DES MOINES â€“ Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn announced that Jack Whitver, Ankeny, won the GOP nomination tonight for the special election in Senate District 35. The seat, covering northern Polk County, was vacated by Larry Noble (R-Ankeny), who resigned to become Iowaâ€™s Public Safety commissioner.
Whitver will face the Democratic nominee, to be chosen next week, in a special election on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.
Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said, â€œIowa Republicans intend to hold this seat, and as a resident of Senate District 35, I enthusiastically look forward to casting my vote for Jack. Iâ€™m confident Iowans will elect Jack Whitver to be a conservative voice in the Iowa Senate.â€
Whitver said, â€œIâ€™m honored to be the Partyâ€™s nominee and I intend to keep the seat in the Republican column. I promise to keep promoting conservative values in the state of Iowa.â€
Whitver is the owner of three local fitness facilities and is attending law school at Drake University. Jack and his wife, Rachel, live in Ankeny with their newborn daughter.