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Iraq War vet will run for Iowa legislature

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A veteran of the Iraq War is running for Iowa legislature.

Nathan Bolton announced his candidacy this week for the Republican Party's nomination to serve as the candidate for District 61 of the Iowa House of Representatives, located in Waterloo.

Bolton is from the Cedar Valley and served with the Marines.

In a statement, Bolton says education is among his top priorities.

Bolton was born in Cedar Falls and is a 2002 graduate of Waterloo West High School, and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012.

He currently works at the Target Regional Distribution Center in Cedar Falls.

Bolton lives in Waterloo with his six-year-old daughter, Grace, who attends Kingsley Elementary School.

Iowa's 61st district is currently being served by Democrat Anesa Kajtazovic.

Kajtazovic is among a number of Democrats interested in Iowa's 1st District seat in U.S. Congress. Others include former state senator Swati Dandekar of Marion, State Rep. Pat Murphy of Dubuque, Dave O'Brien of Cedar Rapids, and Cedar Rapids councilwoman Monica Vernon.

A primary will decide which candidate will be on the ballot in November.

If Kajtazovic loses in the June 3 primary for Congress, she would still have time to file for re-election to the statehouse and would be a competitor for Bolton.

So far, Bolton is the only Republican declaring an interest in the state seat.

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