House District 82 encompasses Van Buren, Davis, Wapello, and Jefferson Counties. A special election has been called for August 8 due to the death of Democratic Representative Curt Hanson.
Because it is a competitive district in terms of voter registration, the two major political parties are pouring money, resources, and volunteers into the race hoping to grab some momentum going into 2018. The ability to raise money and recruit candidates can be impacted by this race's outcome. But will the presence of other candidates hamstring the GOP in this area?
Blogger Laura Belin of Bleeding Heartland joins me to provide some analysis of the race. Here's one of her comprehensive posts on HD 82 as a primer - then be sure to listen to our conversation above.