Snapped a couple of shots of our beautiful Iowa capitol building this week when we went down to file the campaign paperwork. My friend James Hirschberg says we'd be better off if the legislature met in a tent out in a field instead of in such sumptuous surroundings. Perhaps he's right. By the way, the star next to the flag in the top of the capitol dome is the medallion of the Grand Army of the Republic. I've included a picture of my Civil War veteran great-great grandfather Sebastian Buehler, who helped settle the Odebolt area, wearing his GAR medallion and ribbon on his lapel.
Fort Dodge Messenger
Bill Shea, City Editor
A Lohrville man vowing to end abortion and expand gun rights has launched a primary election challenge to state Rep. Mike Sexton.
Tom Hoefling announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in House District 10 Thursday. He will face Sexton, a Rockwell City Republican seeking his third term, in the June 4 primary election.
House District 10 includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties, plus western Webster County.
“I’m not satisfied with the kind of representation we’re getting down there,”Hoefling said, referring to the state Capitol in Des Moines.
“I’m running against the status quo,” he added. “I’m a voice for thousands of conservative Iowans who are fed up with the kind of representation we’ve been getting in Des Moines. What good does it do to elect Republicans if they’re not going to govern according to Republican principles?”
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Dear Tom Hoefling,
Your affidavit of candidacy and nomination petitions for the office of State Representative District with the Republican Party have been received by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office and appear to meet the basic requirements for filing. Your name will be certified to the appropriate county commissioners of elections for inclusion on the ballot at the June 5, 2018, Primary Election.
A file-stamped copy of your affidavit of candidacy is attached for your files. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
Office of Secretary of State Paul D. Pate
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate
Tom Hoefling, Republican candidate for House District 10, submitting his nomination papers.
Tom Hoefling for Iowa House
March 15, 2018
Long-time conservative political activist Tom Hoefling of Lohrville today announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Iowa House of Representatives in District 10.
House District 10 includes Humboldt, Pocahontas, and Calhoun counties, and the southwest corner of Webster County. The seat is currently held by Mike Sexton. The primary is set for June 5th.
Tom is a former member of the Republican State Central Committee. He is also the former national political director for Dr. Alan Keyes. In 2014, he was the sole challenger to former governor Terry Branstad in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Tom Hoefling was named in 2015 by Newsmax as one of the 100 most influential pro-life leaders in America. American Right to Life rates him as a Tier One Personhood Pro-Life leader. In 2008, he founded Equal Protection for Posterity, a national grassroots organization that is completely dedicated to abolishing the practice of abortion.
“I’m running against the status quo. I’m a voice for thousands of conservative Iowans who are fed up with the kind of representation we’ve been getting in Des Moines. What good does it do to elect Republicans if they’re not going to govern according to conservative principles? If elected, I will be a staunch advocate for Life from Conception and Constitutional Carry legislation, fundamental tax and regulatory reform, and true local control of our schools. I will continue to fight federal or state-mandated curriculum requirements like Common Core. I will also push hard for real judicial reform, including a constitutional amendment that takes the power of the appointment of judges out of the hands of the bar association and puts it back where it belongs, in the hands of the people and their elected representatives,” Hoefling said.
In closing, he added, “I’m not a ‘go-along to get-along’ kind of guy. I will put tremendous pressure on the leadership of the House to actually govern according to the fundamental American principles that have traditionally been part of the Republican platform.”