The Democratic and Republican parties of Iowa’s Senate District 41 selected Mary Stewart and Adrian Dickey, respectively, as their candidates to run for the Senate District 41 seat vacated by Marianette Miller-Meeks after she was named the winner of the U.S. House seat in Iowa’s Second Congressional District.

The Democrats nominated Mary Stewart as their candidate for the senate position in a nominating convention Thursday evening.

“Stewart is a lifelong educator, community activist, and proven fighter for Iowans, and there is no one better to represent working families in the district,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith. “Mary will work to bring meaningful pandemic relief to Iowans, invest in teachers and public schools, and grow our local economies by investing in workers.”

Republican nominee Dickey is a resident of Packwood and president of Dickey Transport. He is on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Motor Truck Association.

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny describes Dickey as a “leader, hard worker, deeply rooted in his community, and he volunteers his time to make his community a better place. He is a natural fit for the district and a natural fit with the current Republican members in the Iowa Senate.”

The special election to fill the seat is set for January 26.