The landscape in the Third District Congressional race has changed dramatically over the past week and is now even more up in the air as anticipated frontrunner in the Democratic Primary, Theresa Greenfield, fell short in obtaining enough signatures to gain a spot on the ballot.
Greenfield’s campaign withdrew her original paperwork after her former campaign manager admitted to forging some of the signatures on her petition. This led to a last minute scramble to obtain enough valid signatures to move forward as a primary candidate. While she managed to file the petitions by the Friday deadline, the Secretary of State rejected the petition citing that Greenfield was short of the required 1790 valid signatures. The deadline to file a challenge to this decision is this Friday at 5:00 pm.
Greenfield’s possible removal from consideration is just the most recent of departures from the Third District race. Rural progressive Austin Frerick announced that he was suspending his campaign due to financing issues last Friday and Paul Knupp quietly exited the race and is now running as a Green Party candidate. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the Democratic candidates that remain are Cindy Axne, Pete D’Alessandro, and Eddie Mauro.
Greenfield is considering alternatives to obtain a spot on a primary ballot. It is possible that she could still be added onto a party’s primary ballot through special convention, however this must done by next Monday per Iowa code.