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Former State Rep. Garrett Gobble announced he will once again seek a seat in the Iowa House, but is running in a new district. Gobble held a competitive suburban seat after winning in 2020, but lost his re-election bid.

He is now running in Iowa House District 22, which includes about half of Warren County, he said. Republican State Rep. Stan Gustafson currently holds the seat, but announced his retirement after serving the remainder of the term.

“After many great conversations with residents and community leaders of House District 22, I am honored to seek election to the Iowa House to follow my friend Stan Gustafson,” Gobble said. “As a lifelong Iowan, I am honored to get the opportunity to seek the chance to represent this great state and amazing community.”

Gobble said in his release he led the way on many education-related issues during his previous term. He said his first piece of legislation gave parents the choice to send their children back to school in person after COVID, which was a first-of-its-kind bill at the time.

Gobble was a history teacher in Ankeny before joining iJAG, a non-profit that works to prepare students for the workforce.

Conservative activist Samantha Fett announced her candidacy in early August. They are so far the only declared candidates The Iowa Standard is aware of in the district, though there are other interested individuals.


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