Iowa House Candidate Named in Injury Lawsuit

July 5, 2012

A candidate for the Iowa House has been sued by a former college roommate who claims he was injured at a party.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that 22-year-old Jake Highfill, of Johnston, is named in a lawsuit filed last year in Des Moines.

Highfill is alleged to have struck Carson Kness in the face with a glass bottle during a party in Johnson County. Kness alleges he was permanently disfigured and he is seeking damages.

Highfill denies wrongdoing and claims self-defense in court documents. He says the party was in 2009, exceeding the statute of limitations. Kness claims it was in 2010.

A trial is set for Jan. 28.

Highfill won his June 5 primary race against an incumbent Republican and faces Democrat Kelsey Clark in November.

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