For the first time in 14 years, the name Dawn Pettengill will not be on the Iowa House of Representatives ballot in Benton County precincts.

Pettengill announced earlier this year that she would not be seeking re-election, and has recently moved from Mount Auburn to Alabama, to be near her son. She has, however, stayed involved in Iowa government, and says she has official meetings through this month. Pettengill has said she does not ever plan to run for public office again, but has already begun volunteering for events and campaigns in Alabama.

“Being the voice for the people of District 75 in the Iowa House has been the honor of my life,” Pettengill said in February when she announced her plans.  “I have spent the last 14 years putting my heart and soul into working on behalf of my constituents.  I want to thank them all for the privilege to serve as their State Representative.”

Pettengill first ran for the legislature in 2004, running as a Democrat against incumbent Dell Hanson. She defeated him and won six more elections. She changed party affiliation in 2007.

Seeking to replace Pettengill are Paula Denison, a Democrat from Van Horne; and Tom Gerhold, a Republican from Atkins. Denison challenged Pettengill in 2016.

The general election takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls open at 7 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. See the list of sample ballots, polling places and other related election information on the Benton County Auditor’s web site HERE.