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New Candidates Announce for Woodbury County Supervisor Seats

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Two Sioux City residents announced today that they would run for the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.  Retired Sioux City Police Department officer Kevin McCormick will run as a Democrat for the District 1 seat in November.

McCormick was shot in the head during a routine traffic stop in 2012, then returned to work within two weeks.  Republican Keith Radig currently holds the District 1 seat. 

And A Sioux City teacher has announced his candidacy for an open Supervisors position that will be determined in an April special election. 

Republican Justin Wright teaches at North High School.  He will run for the vacant District 2 seat. Former Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor resigned that seat after residency questions that prompted the county's top elections official to revoke Taylor's voter registration. 

Sioux City Democratic state Rep. Tim Kacena says he is running for the District 2 seat as well. 

An Iowa Senate subcommittee is advancing a bill that would stop cities and counties from passing regulations on gun accessories that are stricter than state law.

Richard Rogers of the Iowa Firearms Coalition supports the bill because he says it would prevent a patchwork of local rules. One example he gave was a ban on high capacity magazines considered last year by the Des Moines City Council.

"Had they tried to regulate accessories like suppressors, optical or laser sights or other firearm accessories they might have found a legal avenue to do so. And thus the necessity to further reform and strengthen this."

Opponents say the bill would make it harder for local governments to address gun violence and suicide in their communities. The bill now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It already passed in the Iowa House.

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