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Pam Deichmann

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Pam Deichmann
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Former candidate for
Iowa State Senate, District 13
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Pam Deichmann was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 13 of the Iowa State Senate. She ran unsuccessfully for District 25 of the Iowa House of Representatives in a 2014 special election.
This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Iowa Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of two seats, which amounts to 8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, when 26 seats were up for election, a total of 12 districts were competitive or mildly competitive. One of those districts, District 49, was up for election again in 2014. That district had a margin of victory of 9 percent in 2012.


Campaign themes


Deichmann's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Advocate for working families to build self-sufficiency, stability, and quality of life.

  • Excerpt: "Incentivize new and returning US manufacturing companies to come to Iowa with job training and placement services"

Empower Small Business by supporting jobs and business development.

  • Excerpt: "Promote tax policy that is accountable, equitable, and straightforward"

Support healthy and safe communities with public investment in proven programs and services.

  • Excerpt: "Continue support programs that support children’s healthy growth and development"

Promote responsible agricultural policy to ensure profitability, diversity, and sustainability.

  • Excerpt: "Fully fund “Resource Enhancement and Protection” (REAP) programs"



General election

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Pam Deichmann was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Julian B. Garrett was unopposed in the Republican primary. Deichmann faced Garrett and Clair Tom Thompson (L) in the general election.[2][3][4] Incumbent Garrett defeated both challengers in the general election.[5]

Iowa State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJulian B. Garrett Incumbent 61% 15,326
     Democratic Pam Deichmann 35.4% 8,900
     Libertarian Clair Tom Thompson 3.6% 893
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 14
Total Votes 25,133

Special election

See also: Iowa state legislative special elections, 2014

Stan Gustafson (R) defeated Pam Deichmann (D) in the special election, which took place on January 7.[6][7][8][9]

The seat was vacant following Julian B. Garrett's (R) election to the Iowa State Senate on November 19, 2013.[10]

A special election for the position of Iowa House of Representatives District 25 was called for January 7, with a runoff if necessary on February 4. Candidates were nominated by their party rather than chosen through a primary.[11]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 25, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStan Gustafson 70.1% 1,627
     Democratic Pam Deichmann 29.9% 694
Total Votes 2,321



In 2014, Deichmann's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • Iowa Federation of Labor (IFL, AFL-CIO)
  • South Central Iowa Federation of Labor
  • AFSCME Iowa Council 61
  • Iowa State Education Association
  • Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa
  • Senator Jack Hatch, Candidate for Iowa Governor
  • United Automobile Workers

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