2017 RACE TO WATCH: DES MOINES CITY COUNCIL, CHRISTINE HENSLEY

While frustrated Democratic activists and voters are vowing to unseat Republican legislators in 2018 for their recent votes, an earlier test for the party out of power looms in 2017: municipal races. City councils, mayor’s offices and school boards will be on the ballot in September and November of 2017. And though many races are technically nonpartisan, it’s usually pretty easy to tell who the Democrat and who the Republican is in the race.

Democrats in Polk County expect Josh Mandelbaum to take on Hensley in what would promise to be an extremely high-profile race. Mandelbaum was a senior policy adviser for Governor Tom Vilsack and now works as an environmental attorney in Des Moines. He has deep roots within the district and an extensive network that could help him raise the funds necessary to take on Hensley, who will have access to a considerable amount of special interest money. The race could easily be the most expensive city council race in the state, possibly approaching competitive state legislative district levels.

Read the full article here.