The filing period for state and federal candidates opened Feb. 24 and closes 5 p.m. March 13. By then, Iowans largely will know what to expect on their June 2 primary election ballots.
As of Friday evening, with one week still to go, here is where races for U.S. Senate and House districts stand:
The field here appears to be set, with incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst and five Democrats on the Secretary of State’s candidate list. Democrats Michael Franken, Kimberly Graham, Theresa Greenfield, Eddie Mauro and Cal Woods each submitted at least 3,200 signatures from across the state.
Suzanne Herzog is running as an Independent and will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Iowa House District 1
Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer has yet to submit her nominating petitions to the Secretary of State’s office.
State Rep. Ashley Hinson of Marion filed her paperwork on the first day of filing.
No other candidates are expected to seriously contend for this Eastern Iowa seat.
Iowa House District 2
Democrat Rita Hart and Republicans Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Rick Phillips are on the ballot for this open seat.
Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack is retiring at the end of this year after holding the seat for 14 years.
Republican Bobby Schilling also is campaigning but has not submitted his paperwork yet.
Iowa House District 3
Republican Bill Schafer is the only candidate filed for the ballot so far. The top GOP contender, however, is expected to be former congressman David Young.
Congresswoman Cindy Axne is not on the ballot yet, either.
Iowa House District 4
The primary contest for this Western Iowa seat is the most crowded in the state.
Four Republicans are vying to oust Republican Congressman Steve King, who has represented the district since 2003.
State Sen. Randy Feenstra, Bret Richards, Steven Reeder and Jeremy Taylor all have submitted their nominating petitions.
Taylor, a former Woodbury County supervisor, is a surprise given his recent resignation from the board of supervisors over questions about his official address. Taylor essentially was forced out of his position after the county auditor canceled his voter registration because of the address issue.
Democrat J.D. Scholten, who is seeking the 4th District seat for the second time, is not on the ballot yet. He plans on filing on Tuesday.
By Elizabeth Meyer