The chair of the Grundy County Democrats will challenge Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix for his seat in 2018.
Tracy Freese, who lives in Dike, is an estate planner who launched an online marketing company in 2014. She supported Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary, and she assumed the chair of her county’s Democratic committee earlier this year.
She supports a $15 per hour minimum wage, fighting wealth inequality and combating climate change, according to her campaign website.
“Bill Dix and fellow Republican Senators clearly cannot govern in a modern professional environment,” Freese wrote on her website. “It will take a highly educated, tested leader to join the Senate and fix the broken culture.”
Senate District 25 includes sections of east and southern Story County, including the cities of Story City, Roland, Huxley, Cambridge, Maxwell, Collins, Colo and Nevada.
Dix, from Shell Rock, has served in the Senate since 2011. He was reelected in 2014 when he ran unopposed. He had previously held a seat in the Iowa House for 10 years.
Last week, Republican Sen. Rick Bertrand, issued a statement urging Dix to resign after a Polk County jury awarded a former Republican staff member $2.2 million in damages in response to a sexual harassment complaint the staffer filed.
Kristen Anderson, the former communications director for the Iowa Senate Republicans, said that while she worked for the caucus, she was consistently exposed to sexual harassment from her male supervisors. Anderson was fired during Dix’s first year as the Senate’s minority leader.