Cindy Golding

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Cindy Golding
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Candidate for
Iowa State Senate District 18
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website
Liz Mathis was a Republican candidate in the November 8, 2011 special election for District 18 of the Iowa State Senate. The election was called to fill the vacancy created when Swati Dandekar (D) resigned to accept a position on the Iowa Utilities Board.[1]

Golding is a business owner. She served on the Linn County Republican Central Committee and the leadership council of the National Federation of Independent Business. She is also a member of the Linn County Farm Bureau board and the Youth for Christ board. She is married to her husband, Joe. They have six children.[2]


Campaign themes

On her 2011 campaign site, Golding details her policy goals:

  • Create Jobs: "Cindy will fight to lessen the burden of government regulations placed on Iowa employers... Cindy will fight to lower the taxes that Iowa families and employers face on a daily basis. She will not support budgets that are balanced by adding to our already heavy tax burden...By protecting Iowa’s right-to-work law, Cindy supports an individual’s right to choose to participate in a union."
  • Reduce Spending: "Cindy believes our government must function just as Iowa families do at home. The government should be forced to live within its means by making the hard decisions necessary to reduce spending when wallets are thin."
  • Improve Education: "Cindy believes we must restore Iowa’s reputation as a leader in education. A strong education creates the foundation our children will need to succeed in life and to become strong contributing members of society. And that educated workforce is critical to Iowa’s future business success, which provides further opportunity for all."

Golding discusses her stance on the issues.


  • On October 26, KCRG-TV9 hosted a candidate forum. The debate will also air at 1pm on October 31 and at 8pm on November 1. Highlights from the forum can be found here.
  • On October 27, the League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum. The debate will be held at 7 p.m. in the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Center.[3]



See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Iowa state legislative special elections, 2011

Golding was defeated by Liz Mathis (D) in the November 8 special election.[4][5]

Partisan Balance

Prior to Dandekar's resignation, the partisan balance of the Senate favored Democrats 26-24. If Republicans can flip District 18, the Senate will be tied 25-25.[6]

Pre-election polling

According to a poll of 878 likely voters, 52% favor Mathis while 46% favor Golding--the poll had a 3.3 margin of error. Mathis also leads in absentee ballots and fundraising. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) acknowledged that the race was an "uphill battle," attributing the disadvantage to Mathis' name recognition as a former television anchor. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling between November 4 and November 6. Details of the poll can be found here.[7]

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