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Congressman Latham to open regional office in Creston

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 10:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 12:15 p.m. CDT

It's official.

U.S. Congressman Tom Latham, who defeated Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell Nov. 6 in one of the most highly contested political races across the country, will have a regional office in Creston for constituents.

Latham will likely take over the Creston office currently held by U.S. Congressman Steve King located in the Alliant Energy building on West Taylor Street.

"We sat down after the election, and we selected the best three locations, geographically, to put offices," said James Carstensen, chief of staff for Latham. "Creston was a logical place to put an office, and I think people in the area appreciate having that resource."

Meanwhile, King who defeated Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack in November, will begin representing the 4th Congressional District (see map, right) which consists of a large part of north and northwest Iowa.

Laura Hartman of Creston was King's regional assistant for six years. Latham announced Wednesday he will be hiring Hartman as his regional assistant.

"The announcement made for a happy Thanksgiving," Hartman said. "I'm really excited to work for Congressman Latham. Our office covers multiple counties, and we were able to help his campaign through phone calls and distributing yard signs."

By law, Latham will officially begin representing the 3rd Congressional District Jan. 3. The district includes Fremont, Page, Taylor, Ringgold, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Union, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Guthrie, Dallas and Polk counties.

Latham will have regional offices in Creston, Council Bluffs and Des Moines. Business hours at his Creston office have not yet been decided.

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