Gingerich, of Nichols, will face Republican Rep. Dave Kerr and Democratic candidate Lanny Hillyard in November.

NICHOLS - The race to represent House District 88 in the Iowa Legislature officially has expanded beyond the Democratic and Republican parties.

Corey Gingerich, an Independent from Nichols in Muscatine County, announced Monday he will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in portions Des Moines, Louisa and Muscatine counties.

"Gingerich has become one of only three state level candidates completely rejecting any party affiliation," his campaign said in a statement. "He feels that rejecting a party line is the only way to represent the will of the people and not the will of the party bosses in Des Moines and Washington, D.C."

Because no other Independent candidates ran locally in the June primaries, Gingerich was not on the ballot.

In the general election, he will face incumbent Rep. Dave Kerr, R-Morning Sun, and Democrat Lanny Hillyard of Mediapolis.

If elected, Gingerich has said his top priorities as a state lawmaker would be to move toward a single-payer health care system, invest in infrastructure for rural Iowa and get money out of politics by putting a cap on the amount individuals and political action committees can contribute to candidates.