Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown has been elected to serve his seventh term in the Iowa House, defeating Republican challenger Allen Burt of rural Marshalltown.
Smith received 7,762 (59 percent) of the votes in the House District 71, to 5,385 (41 percent) votes tallied by Burt.
"I'm really pleased and I'll be honored to serve the people again for another two years," Smith said. "I worked very hard with the election and am pleased with the percentage (win). I think it shows hard work pays off."
Smith said Burt ran a very aggressive and well-funded campaign and said it's always honorable when people run for public office. Burt wasn't short on hard work either as he hit the campaign trail hard.
"I could not have run a race any better," Burt said. "I put everything out there I had. I put my heart into it and all the energy I had."
Burt said going through this process gives him a newfound respect for those willing to put themselves out there and run for office. He said through this process candidates have to "open up their soul."
Burt, a farmer who is new to the field of state politics, was unsure if his future would include another run for a political office.