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Iowa legislators will put aside politics for an evening and instead take to the baseball field in an effort to raise money for charity.

Republican legislators Carter Nordman, Phil Thompson, Carrie Koelker joined Democrat legislators Chris Hall, Ras Smith and Zach Wahls in announcing the inaugural legislative slow-pitch softball game for charity. The game is slated to be played May 1 after the Iowa Cubs finish their 1 p.m. game that day.

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Republican tickets can be ordered here. Proceeds will benefit the Puppy Jake Foundation.

Democrat tickets can be ordered here. Proceeds will benefit the Iowa Food Bank Association.

The legislative contest will feature two teams — one comprised of House and Senate Republicans and the other made up of House and Senate Democrats.

Nordman, an Iowa House Republican, told The Iowa Standard he and Sen. Koelker have been working on ways to promote tourism around the state of Iowa.

He said they knew federal legislators hosted a softball game every year for charity and thought that would be something that could be done at the state level as well.

“We’re extremely thankful and extremely excited about the event,” Nordman said. “I think we’re going to raise a good amount of money for both of these charities. Both charities are good. We may not always agree on policy down at the Capitol, but I think everyone can get behind raising money for these two charities.”

Author: Jacob Hall

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