Father of U.S. Senate candidate Patty Judge dies at 94

Judge still plans to debate Grassley on Wednesday

(File Photo) Patty Judge speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party's state convention at the Iowa Events Center-Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines on Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
(File Photo) Patty Judge speaks at the Iowa Democratic Party's state convention at the Iowa Events Center-Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines on Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — U.S. Senate candidate Patty Judge says she still plans to take part in Wednesday’s televised debate with incumbent U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley despite the death of her father.

Lester Poole, Judge’s father and a veteran who served in World War II, died Tuesday morning surrounded by family in Albia. He was 94.

Wednesday’s debate takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. in Sioux City and is to be televised on NBC affiliate KWWL-TV. It also is to be streamed live on the station’s website.

Democrat Judge, 72, a former Iowa lieutenant governor and state secretary of agriculture, seeks to unseat Republican Grassley, 83, currently chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee seeking his seventh term in the Senate.

Grassley and his wife Barbara released a statement Tuesday upon hearing the news of Poole’s death.

“Barbara and I send our sincere condolences to Patty Judge and her family on the passing of her father,” the statement reads. “They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Judge campaign released a statement saying the family is finalizing funeral arrangements.

CONTINUE READING

MORE Elections ARTICLES TO READ NEXT ...

CORALVILLE - Iowa City native, advocate and author Zach Wahls announced Thursday he will run for the Iowa Senate seat held by Bob Dvorsky, who does not plan to seek re-election in 2018. "I'm running for the Iowa Senate for one si ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Business lawyer Brad Hart will be Cedar Rapids' next mayor after beating former City Council member Monica Vernon in a runoff Tuesday.Hart took more than 54 percent of the vote.Hart said he was excited to get starte ...

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.

Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.