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Special election needed to fill Hanson's seat

The unexpected death of Democratic State Representative Curt Hanson leaves an open seat in the Iowa General Assembly. (MGN Online)

The unexpected death of Democratic State Representative Curt Hanson leaves an open seat in the Iowa General Assembly.

There will have to be a special election to fill that seat.

KTVO reached out to the Iowa Secretary of State's Office to find out how that works.

Communication Director Kevin Hall told us Governor Kim Reynolds will set that election date within five days of being officially notified of Hanson's death.

Reynolds must provide at least 40 days notice before the election can be held.

Hall says that most likely means the election would be held sometime in August.

Once the date is set, both parties will hold a convention to pick a nominee.

Hanson represented House District 82, that includes Fairfield, and all of Davis and Van Buren counties.

Republicans currently hold a 59-41 advantage in the Iowa House.

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