Robin Vos, the state Assembly speaker, is one of the three most powerful politicians in the state and usually cruises to victory when challenged in his Republican-leaning 63rd Assembly District.

So what would possess a former City of Burlington alderman to play to role of David to Vos’ Goliath?

“My perspective is that we need to change,” said Joel Jacobsen, a Democrat who is challenging Vos in the Nov. 6 election. “Right now, there are a lot of people that feel they are not being represented.”

Vos, for his part, said he is running on his record of responsiveness to constituent concerns, a growing economy and a record of bipartisan lawmaking in the Assembly.

The race for the 63rd District seat – including separate interviews with each candidate – is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

  • A WITCHES’ LUNCH: On the streets of New Orleans, Pamela Schroeder and some of her friends met a group of witches having lunch, and decided to bring the idea back to Burlington. Since then, she and her friends have met annually for a “witches’ lunch” at the Coffee House at Chestnut and Pine.
  • REFERENDUM MEETING: The second of three community education open house sessions on the Burlington Area School District’s Nov. 6 referendum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Karcher Middle School, 225 Robert St., Burlington.
  • BODY OF MISSING BOATER FOUND: The search for the body of a missing boater from the Town of Wheatland ended along the Mississippi River on Oct. 18, according to officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
  • THREAT CLOSES AREA HIGH SCHOOL: An old social media threat targeting schools bearing the initials CHS prompted Westosha Central High School to dismiss students the morning Oct. 19 due to the disruptive nature of the post.
  • BACK TO BACK: The Burlington High School boys volleyball team captured its second-straight Southern Lakes Conference title and prepares to open playoffs. Follow all the local teams in the Sports Section.
  • SELLER’S MARKET: Home buyers have to move quickly these days, but one area real estate professional sees a little more balance entering the market in the days ahead. See our package of related stories in the Business Section.

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