Dubuque Neighbors Battle for Iowa House Seat

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Two candidates, one neighborhood.
Republican Businessman Paul Kern wants the District 99 seat in the Iowa House. But to do that he has to beat Democratic incumbent Pat Murphy who's been in the House for 23 years.

In the center of the city, along Grandview Avenue candidate Paul Kern proudly displays his yards signs.

Kern said, "Most of the calling has been done. Most of the door knocking has been done. "

A block away, Pat Murphy is still tracking down voters where ever he can.

Murphy said, "I know what I stand for and what I believe in and I think the voters have a good idea of who I am after 23 years."

Murphy's home sits just a few hundred yards from his challenger's.

Murphy said, "Well I know where he lives, in fact, I've had one person say you can hit each other's house with a nine iron. "

A half dozen homes, a major highway overpass and Washington Middle School create the separation.

Clearly, not the only things that separate the two.

Kern said, "I would think the biggest issue would have to be with the health care issue for the public sector. Pat thinks they shouldn't pay anything. I think they should pay something. "

Geography makes them neighbors. Politics make them rivals.

"The closest thing we have in common is that we are both Packers fans, " said Kern.

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