That is the seat being given up by Jeff Smith this fall. District 1 covers Lyon County, Osceola County, and part of Dickinson County.
Lakes area resident and Sibley native John Wills has announced he will be seeking election to the seat. He grew up in Sibley, graduated from Sibley Community High School, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Northwestern College in Orange City. He also holds two Master’s Degrees. Wills has been involved in water quality and conservation work for more than 15 years.
Wills says he believes he is the best candidate because he has lived in all three counties of the district and knows the people and the issues that affect them. He says that he has the courage to bring “small town and rural values and work ethic to the concrete of Des Moines.”
Kevin Wolfswinkel of Sibley has also announced his intention to run as a candidate for the seat. He says he’s running because “The moral, economic and fiscal challenges facing this nation and this state point mostly to a lack of principled leadership.”
Wolfswinkel has been a farmer, businessman, church leader, husband and father and currently serves on the Osceola County Republican Central Committee and the county Farm Bureau board. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Dordt College in Sioux Center.
Both men are running as Republicans and would face each other in the June 3rd Primary. Candidates have until March 14th to file. The general election is November 4th.