Pat Murphy and Monica Vernon look for Democratic nomination in 1 - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Pat Murphy and Monica Vernon look for Democratic nomination in 1st Congressional District

Posted: Updated:
Monica Vernon Monica Vernon
Pat Murphy Pat Murphy
  • KWWL.com LinksMore>>

  • Politics

    Politics

    DECISION 2016: Complete election coverage and results for all local, state and national races, as well as up-to-date information about the candidates and political news.
     

    More >>

    DECISION 2016: Complete election coverage and results for all local, state and national races, as well as up-to-date information about the candidates and political news.

    More >>
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's a rematch of the 2014 primary in the 1st Congressional District.

Longtime state representative and former speaker of the Iowa House, Pat Murphy, will face off with Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon for the right to face incumbent Rod Blum in the fall.

Murphy told KWWL in an interview last week that his record shows he can lead the district.

"So that's one of the big reasons I'm running, but I also think I can make a difference and I have a long history of making a difference in the legislature having been the speaker of the house, raising the minimum wage, doing universal preschool, advancing healthcare," said Murphy.

Meanwhile, Vernon says her campaign comes into today's primary with a lot of momentum.

"It seems like you can't go anywhere without someone stopping to talk about the campaign and so I love that I love it, I can't get through to Hy-Vee anymore," she said in an interview last week with KWWL.

Both candidates have talked about the need to invest in education and Iowa's economy.

Murphy beat Vernon in the 2014 primary by about 4,000 votes.  That was three other candidates on the ballot--those three collecting nearly a third of all ballots cast that day.

Voters will only see their two names on the ballot this year.

Powered by Frankly