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Iowa Rep. Ross Paustian, R-Walcott, said Thursday that he will seek another term.

In announcing his re-election effort, Paustian touted changes the Republican-controlled legislature has made, saying they've been good for the state.

"It's clear that our accomplishments in Des Moines are showing results," he said. "Our unemployment rate is at its lowest point in 17 years and school funding is at a record high. We have given taxpayers a seat at the table and made Iowa more competitive for businesses to grow and create good-paying careers."

Republicans gained full control of the legislature in 2016 and have made significant changes since then. That, in part, has galvanized Democrats who are vowing to make the 2018 cycle more competitive.

Paustian, who represents the 92nd District, holds one of the most precarious legislative seats in the county. Republicans and Democrats have both represented it over the past decade.

Paustian was first elected in the Republican wave of 2010, then lost in 2012, when Democrats recovered and President Barack Obama won a second term.

He got back into office in 2014 on a new Republican wave of victories and held his seat in the 2016 election. If he were to be successful this year, it would be his fourth term.

So far, no Democrat has declared a candidacy to run against Paustian, but party leaders are seeking out a candidate.

"We're talking to a number of different people," Thom Hart, chairman of the Scott County Democratic Party, said Thursday.

The district includes much of western Scott County, including the towns of Walcott, Blue Grass and Eldridge. It also includes a small part of Davenport.

Paustian, who chairs the House Environmental Protection Committee, won re-election in 2016 with 56 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Ken Krumwiede, a former president of the Davenport School Board.

A fifth generation crop and livestock farmer, Paustian is also a past president of the Scott County Farm Bureau and Scott County Pork Producers.

He is a graduate of Davenport West High School and South Dakota State University.

The deadline for nomination petitions to run in the June 5 primary is March 16.

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