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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Iowa

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 4 of Iowa's code of judicial conduct, judges who are candidates for retention shall not:

  • Knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the truth, make any false or misleading statement.
  • Make any statement that would reasonably be expected to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a pending matter or impending matter in any court.
  • In connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.
  • Personally solicit or accept campaign contributions other than through a campaign committee.

Candidates for retention may establish campaign committees to manage and conduct their campaigns.