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Delegates Choose John Landon as GOP Nominee for House District 37

The special convention was held in Ankeny after the House District 37 GOP candidates failed to secure the necessary votes to clinch the nomination.

Polk County Central Committee members chose Wednesday night as the GOP nominee for this November's Iowa House District 37 race.

Landon was selected with 12 of 21 votes cast at a special nominating convention to determine the Republican winner of the District 37 race. Four nominees were chosen and two ballots were cast before Landon was declared the winner.

"I am humbled by the support and faith you've shown in me tonight," Landon told delegates following the second vote. "And I want the people to know they have a rock-solid, conservative representative who is ready to fight for their best interests in the Legislature."

Two weeks ago, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker after Jim Robidoux, in the June 5 primary election, failed to secure the required 35 percent of votes needed to officially be called the winner.

Robidoux received Robidoux received 714 votes followed by Matt DeVries with 617 votes. Landon came in third with 360 votes.

At the beginning of the convention, delegates nominated four of the six candidates. Chosen were Landon, Robidoux, DeVries and Jeff Wright. Each candidate had four minutes to speak to delegates.

Following the first vote, Landon and DeVries each received 10 votes, Robidoux received one and Wright received none.

Delegates cast a second ballot to break the tie.

If elected, Landon said he hopes to create an environment in which all Iowans can flourish.

"I thank you for sacred trust," he said.

Thomas July 19, 2012 at 03:34 AM
That makes 372 total votes for Landon.
Irving M. July 19, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Thank you for not selecting Mr. Robidioux. He is one of the most political and divisive people in Ankeny right now. His behavior starting with the last school election and ending with his recent election is not acceptable for an elected official. Thanks again delegates for showing some wisdom!
Ron Huber July 19, 2012 at 09:13 AM
No surprise you'd not include your full name. Robidoux, correctly spelled, is one of the most honorable persons I've met. What the delegates did by scoffing at the majority vote of citizens almost certainly assures I'll vote for a Democrat for a rare occasion, and, you? You, Irving, are a coward and a shrew. Ron Huber (In case they edit my last name. I wish to assure you who said this, and I'm in the book!)
John July 19, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Ron, people are entitled to their opinion. Your experience may be different than others in our community. Regardless, the decision has been made and Mr. Robidoux will not be our house representative. Time to come together and move on.
Elizabeth L. July 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Irving M. is correct: I also witnessed Mr. Robidoux's behavior during the recent school board election and found his words and actions quite disconcerting. It is not the behavior of someone who can listen objectively to BOTH sides of an issue! I was extremely uncomfortable with the idea of him potentially representing Ankeny in the Legislature. I'm relieved the committee selected Mr. Landon--he's an excellent choice and will serve the entire community well. Does anyone else feel as though many of the recent local elections in Ankeny have resorted to "popularity contests?" (ie. Who can find the donors with the deepest pockets to support their campaign so they can purchase the largest billboards to be placed on prime commercial real estate?) I realize this is all part of politics, but it's a sad statement about our society when voters pay more attention to billboards than to the candidate's experience and education when casting their vote. The recent school board election is a prime example--and now we're seeing millions of Ankeny taxpayer dollars be spent on everything BUT education! (Spending on athletic facility upgrades, new sod, new dugouts, new support service buildings, attorney fees...)
Dave Richard July 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM
This is a slap in the face to the American democratic system. Regardless of the names of the candidates, to select the candidate who was obviously NOT the voters' choice in unacceptable. We just took a giant step backwards thanks to 20 individuals.
Greg Crocker July 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Well stated Dave. It is absolutely shameful for the "core" group of a political party to overturn in the results of an election choosing the candidate that finished third. Shameful. One of the many things wrong in the entire country right now.
James B. July 28, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I guess Elwell loses this one. Even though he financially backed Robidoux and he got the most votes, those in power did not like him. Suppose he needs to get control of the delegates now like he did the school board and city council.

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