Cass County Supervisor’s position to be filled by Special Election


September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A three-person committee tasked with deciding how to fill a vacancy on the Cass County Board of Supervisors created by the recent death of Supervisor Chuck Kinen, has voted to hold a Special Election in conjunction with the November 8th City elections. The decision came during a meeting this (Thursday) afternoon at the courthouse in Atlantic. The committee was comprised of Auditor Dale Sunderman, Recorder Joyce Jensen and Treasurer Tracey Marshall. Their vote was unanimous.

Sunderman said the next step is contact the Chairpersons of the Central Committees, who will be allowed to file a Nomination by Convention. He stressed however, that the nomination will be open to all interested persons who are residents of Cass County, who file a nomination petition. Sunderman said because of the Special election, there will be two ballots for voters in Atlantic Ward Two.

He says there will be a ballot for the County residents with only the County office on it, plus the regular City ballot, with the County office included on it as well. The precincts which make up Cass County Supervisor District 2 are Atlantic Ward 2/Grove Twp 2 (the portion of Grove Twp NW of the Atlantic city limits) and Atlantic Ward 3.

The filing deadline to file nomination petitions to be included for the County Office is 5-p.m. September 23rd at the Auditor’s office in Atlantic. Those interested do not need to declare a party at this time. The person who wins the nomination would be sworn in immediately after the results of the election are canvassed on November 15th, and hold the Supervisors post until the next General election in 2014.

Recorder Joyce Jensen noted that Chuck Kinen would have approved of the committee’s decision to hold a special election during the City Election. She said he would be happy it’s not costing the taxpayers any extra money.