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Miller defeats Alcazar

Wins sixth term in Iowa House

November 7, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

Democratic state Rep. Helen Miller easily defeated Republican Matt Alcazar Tuesday to win her sixth term in the House of Representatives.

Miller, of Fort Dodge, won 60.47 percent, or 8,317 votes.

Alcazar, of Fort Dodge, won 39.43 percent, or 5,423 votes.

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Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, celebrates her victory Tuesday evening with friends and supporters gathered at Olde Boston's Restaurant and Pub in downtown Fort Dodge.

''This is for my husband,'' Miller said in the Webster County Courthouse moments after the unofficial election results were posted.

Her husband, Dr. Ed Miller, died of cancer on Nov. 24, 2010.

''He said hang in there,'' Miller said. ''We had a bad year the last time. But we did it, Ed and I. He's still with me.''

Alcazar said he worked hard.

''I ran the best race I could,'' he added.

Alcazar said the strong election showing by President Barack Obama hurt him and other Republicans.

''I have to assume the top of the ticket drove the ballots,'' he said.

House District 9 includes Badger, Clare, Duncombe, Fort Dodge, Vincent and rural areas of northern Webster County.

The House District 9 race was a rematch of the 2010 contest in which Miller beat Alcazar by 345 votes in House District 49, which included Fort Dodge and northeastern Webster County. She said her husband's illness prevented her from campaigning effectively that year.

''This time I got back out there and let people who I was and what I had done,'' Miller said.

She said making sure that community colleges are strong and have the resources they need will be one of her priorities when she returns to the state Capitol in January. She also pledged to remain focused on agricultural issues.

Miller said tracking the complete overhaul of the state's mental health system will be another of her priorities.



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