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  Democrat plans to challenge Patty Judge for Lt. Guv spot
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Last EditedCraverguy  Apr 19, 2010 10:51pm
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AuthorJason Hancock
News DateMonday, April 19, 2010 08:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBarb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer who farms with her husband near Dexter, is planning to ask Democrats at the party’s state convention this summer to replace Lt. Gov. Patty Judge on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket this fall.

Kalbach wants the job and plans to explain how she’s going to get it Monday night on The Fallon Forum, a show hosted by former state Rep. Ed Fallon and his wife, Lynn, on 98.3 WOW-FM.

From Fallon’s blog:

Monday, we talk with Barb Kalbach about her campaign to replace Patty Judge as Lt. Governor. Many rural Iowans feel Culver, Judge and the Legislature have ignored issues affecting family-farms and Main Street economies, despite promises made by Democratic leaders and candidates.

Barb’s is an unusual campaign, since the focus is not on an election but on winning enough delegate votes at the State Convention in June. This weekend, Barb makes her case at the district conventions. She feels if she replaces Patty Judge on the Democratic ticket, there’s a much better chance that corporate-owned factory hog confinements, campaign finance reform, vertical integration, and big-box store development — all issues that presently stymie rural Iowa’s progress — will be taken seriously.

Kalbach is board president of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, an organization that has actively worked for several years for tighter regulations on factory farms. Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, Judge served as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.

In February, Fallon attempted to recruit a Democrat to run against Gov. Chet Culver in the primary. A challenger never emerged.
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