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An Iowa House Republican primary features an interesting storyline. Heather Hora, who is endorsed by Gov. Kim Reynolds and answered The Iowa Standard’s legislative survey, is running against a local mayor, Jaron Rosien.

Rosien is a self-described “moderate.” He said he is “not a fanatic or extremist.”

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In fact, Rosien is soliciting support from Independents as well as Democrats for the Republican primary.

“I want voters to know, if you’re an independent but you want to see me on the Republican ticket, you are able to vote in the Republican primary,” Rosien told the Southeast Iowa Union. “If you are a Democrat, and you want to vote for me, you can do so in both the Republican primary and in the general. Our ability to vote is our right and our duty.”

Rosien knows a thing or two about that strategy. He was a registered Democrat until Jan. 26 of this year. That day he changed his party registration from Democrat to Republican.

In 2020, Rosien flipped his party registration from “no party” to Democrat for the 2020 Iowa Caucus.

Rosien switched his party registration on Aug. 3, 2016 from Republican to “no party.” This was just a couple of weeks after Donald J. Trump officially became the GOP nominee for President of the United States.

Rosien has not responded to The Iowa Standard’s legislative survey. He is the mayor of Washington, Iowa where he resides with his husband, Andrew.

Rosien is running in Iowa House District 92:

Author: Jacob Hall

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