Emily Lofgren has quit the race, to become our next State Representative. Late last night on Lofgren’s official Campaign Facebook page, she announced she is dropping out of the race to become Muscatine’s next State House Representative, a Seat that is currently held by her father Mark Lofgren. The GOP primary was very full, but now goes from four candidates down to three. Muscatine Businessman Gary Carlson announced his bid yesterday, Muscatine County GOP Co-Chair Mark Cisnersos, and Muscatine City Councilman Mark LeRette had already announced they were running for the seat last spring. John DaBeet is the only candidate who’s announced on the Democrat side of the ticket, and is still waiting to see if he will face a Democratic primary opponent.
The Muscatine County Fair Board will meet, Phil Roberts reports:
The annual meeting of the Muscatine County Fair is set for 7:30 on Tuesday night, October 22nd. It takes place at the County Activities Center at the fairgrounds in West Liberty. The meeting is open to the public. Up for discussion are fair finances, gate attendance and entries. Plus review of events and activities both at the fair and year round. Board member will also be elected, anyone who purchased a Fun Pass this year is eligible to vote. Call the fair office at 319- 627-2414 for more information.
Jason Liegois reports on a local Muscatine police officer facing charges:
The pre-trial conference for former Muscatine police officer accused of third degree sexual assault has been re-scheduled for November 1st. The trial for Thomas Tovar, 46, Muscatine, was originally scheduled for October 21st. Tovar was arrested July 26th for an incident that occurred February 16th while still a member of the police department. It is alleged that he transported a woman from an OWI incident to a hotel room in Muscatine and assaulted her there. Tovar faces a possible 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Last night over 100 people attended the United Way Kids First fundraiser at Geneva County Club. Last year Kids First raised $21,450 which helped a total of 277 kids. The funds raised last night will go toward helping kids pay for things like Band Camp, SAT/ACT tests, Clothing, New Shoes, School Supplies, AP Exam Fees, Camp Abe Lincoln, Eye Glasses, Calculators and much more. Muskie students who spoke at the event last night, praised the United Way, and stated they live in paycheck to paycheck family, and without the United Way Kids First funds, they simply wouldn’t be able to participate in many of these activities.
The Muskie football team plays MAC rival Davenport Assumption tonight, under the Friday night lights at Don Sprouse Stadium, Muscatine High School. As always if you can’t make it to the game, you can listen live on Vintage Sound 93.1 FM.