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November 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Local General Election Summary of results – Part 2


November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Elsewhere in area election results, Cheryl R. Christensen was selected as the Clerk for the Union Township in Cass County. She received 80 votes to challenger Bill Gerlock’ 31. There were mixed results in the County for four Public Measures. Voters in the Benton and Victoria Townships agreed the Cass County Board of Supervisors should appoint township Trustees and Clerks when the incumbents’ terms expire, while Edna and Union Township voters said they wanted those positions to remain on the ballot. Chase Wheatley, Curt Behrends and Clarke Gerlock were nominated to the Soil and Water Conservation Board, and, Atlantic Parks and Rec Department Director Roger Herring had an overwhelming win over Michael J. Collins, to take the Trustee’s position on the County Public Hospital Board, in the Northwest District.

In Montgomery County, Karen Klock, Michael J. Olson, Carroll Freeman, Timothy Kammerer and Bill Drey were elected to serve on the Agricultural Extension Council. In Guthrie County, Bret Hodges, Karen Kennedy, Carol Cain and Barbara Gigar were elected to serve on the County Agricultural Council. Pamela Chance defeated two other challengers for a vacant seat on the Jamaica City Council, and Michael Moore beat Steve Baker for a vacant seat on the Panora City Council.

You can view other results on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website on a County-by-County basis, at sos.iowa.gov.

2012 Gen. Election – Contested Area Races Summary


November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

There were very few locally contested races during Tuesday’s General Election. One of the most watched in this area, was in Audubon County, where Sheriff Todd Johnson, a Republican, was re-elected to office, after defeating his challenger, Democrat Blake Asberry. Unofficial results show Johnson garnered 2,374 votes to Asberry’s 1,080. Another race in Audubon County, was for the Board of Supervisor’s, where four men were running for two open seats on the Board. Republican Todd M. Nelson received the most votes, at 1,817. The unofficial tally shows fellow Republican Duane Deist narrowly defeated Democrat Kent Grabill to take the other seat. Deist had 1,550 votes to Grabill’s 1,542. Those numbers aren’t official, however, and the actual race between the second and third-place finisher may change, because, according to the Auditor’s office, 43-absentee ballots remain in the mail system, and two provisional ballots will need to be examined by the absentee board. The board is set to meet at 10:00 a.m.  Friday to count the ballots that are received between now and November 9th. They will also verify the post mark meets the cut-off deadline to be eligible for the count. The final results in Audubon County may not be known for nearly a week.

In Shelby County four people ran for two seats on the Board of Supervisors. Two Republicans, newcomers Charles Parkhurst and Steve Kenkel, defeated their Democrat challengers Jerry Hensheid and LaVon Christensen to earn a spot at the table. Kenkel had the most votes, at 4,191. Parkhurst had the second-highest total, at 3,282. Henschied garnered just over 2,000 votes, while Christensen barely cracked 1,780.

And, Iowa State Representative Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, defeated challenger Kasey Friedrichsen, a Democrat, 64-35 percent. Schultz represents the new District 18, which covers all of Shelby County and portions of Harrison and Crawford counties.

In Pottawattamie County, incumbent Republican Supervisor’s Lynne Grobe and Melvyn Houser easily defeated Brian Lund, who was nominated by petition. And, former deputy and acting Pottawattamie County Treasurer Lea Voss, a Republican, held-off a challenge from Democrat Paula Danker, to remain in office. Voss, who was selected as the acting treasurer after the death of long-time Treasurer Judy Miller, beat Danker by 21,608 votes to 17,915.

In Adams County, Democrat Merlin Dixson beat Republican Jerry Peckham, to take a single seat available on the Board of Supervisors in District 2. Also, Republican Becky Bissell defeated Democrat and Nominated By Petition challengers, and will take the title of Treasurer.

In Guthrie County, Democrat Jerome F. Caraher easily captured the one open seat on the Board of Supervisors in District 1, 585 to 454. And, in District 5, Republican Mike Dixson defeated Democratic challenger David Guisinger, 593 to 507.

The results will not be final, until the all the votes are canvassed.

Madison County turns to photocopied ballots


November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A pair of precincts in Madison County in central Iowa ran out of printed ballots Tuesday night and had to resort to photocopies. County elections deputy Lori Belgarde says two of the county’s nine precincts ran out of ballots. One of the precincts photocopied 23 ballots that voters then cast. Belgarde wasn’t certain how many photocopies the other precinct would need. Belgarde says the county had at least 10 percent more ballots on hand than were cast in 2008, an indication of strong voter turnout.

Chad Olsen, a spokesman for Iowa secretary of state Matt Schultz, says other precincts that included some in West Des Moines and Waukee also ran out of ballots. But Olsen says additional ballots were supplied before the original supply ran dry.

Iowa early News Headlines – Wed., Nov. 7th 2012


November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voters have returned two Democrat and two Republican incumbents to Congress. Voters yesterday handed victories to Democrat Reps. Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack, and Republican Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham. The control of the Iowa Senate remains unclear with a few inconclusive races.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has won re-election as his party fights to retain control of its narrow 26-24 majority in the chamber. Gronstal of Council Bluffs defeated Republican Al Ringgenberg yesterday by winning about 55 percent of the vote. Republicans had targeted Gronstal by calling him a roadblock to their plans in Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voters have retained a state Supreme Court justice who faced opposition because he supported a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa. The vote yesterday in support of David Wiggins’ retention is considered a barometer for the public’s changing views on gay marriage. It’s also seen as a flashpoint in the debate over the role of courts in American life.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama won the battleground state of Iowa as part of his re-election victory. Obama earned the state’s six Electoral College votes last night before defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama’s surprising victory in Iowa in the 2008 Iowa caucus helped propel him to the Democratic nomination. The state gave him an easy win in the 2008 general election.

Voters retain Iowa justice who backed gay marriage


November 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa voters have retained state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who faced opposition because he supported a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa. Social conservatives campaigned to oust Wiggins because of the ruling, following their success in removing three of his colleagues two years ago. Liberal groups and the Iowa State Bar Association worked to keep Wiggins on the bench.

The vote on Wiggins’ retention is considered a barometer for the public’s changing views on gay marriage and a flashpoint in the debate over the role of courts in American life. Wiggins joined six colleagues to declare that a state law banning gay marriage violated the equal-protection clause of Iowa’s constitution. The decision made Iowa the first Midwestern state to legalize gay marriage.

Area State Senate/Representative Election Results


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

* Winner, with all precincts reporting unless otherwise noted….

State Representative District 20 (with 20 out of 21 precincts fully reporting)

Rep. Clel Baudler          8,094 (57.94%)*

Dem. Greg Nepstad      5,850 (41.88%)

State Representative District 21

Rep. Jack Drake            8,299* (winner) (56.88%)

Dem. John Rose           6,273 (42.99%)

State Representative District 18

Rep. Jason Schultz      8,328* (winner) (62.25%)

Dem. Kasey Friedrichsen   4,382 (34.33%)

State Representative District 16

Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa        6,806* (57.47%)

Dem. Heidi Guggisberg-Coners    5,011 (42.31%)

State Representative District 15

Rep. Mark A. Brandenburg        5,405 (52.29%)*

Dem. George Warren Yaple        4,914 (47.54%)

State Senate District 8

Rep. Al Ringgenberg                   10,124 (44.87%)

Dem. Michael E. Gronstal          12,407* (54.99%)*


Obama wins Iowa’s 6 Electoral College votes


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrat Barack Obama has won the battleground state of Iowa, beating Republican Mitt Romney after a campaign that featured repeated visits by both candidates to the state. Obama earned Iowa’s six Electoral College votes, winning a state that has played crucial roles in his presidential bids.

Obama’s surprising victory in the 2008 Iowa caucus helped propel him to the Democratic nomination, and the state gave him an easy win in the 2008 general election.  Both candidates campaigned frequently in Iowa during the summer and fall, and their campaigns spent millions on advertising in the state.

By Election Day, both candidates had been campaigning for president in Iowa for nearly six years. Romney ran for president in 2008 but lost the nomination to Republican Sen. John McCain.

Rep. King wins 6th term, beats Vilsack in NW Iowa


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Republican Rep. Steve King has won a sixth term in the U.S. House, beating Democrat Christie Vilsack in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. King had to campaign harder for re-election than in previous years because redistricting lessened the number of registered Republican voters in the district. King also faced a better-known opponent in Vilsack, the wife of former governor and current U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack.

King is known for his outspoken conservative positions on everything from immigration to the federal budget. He kept to those positions while campaigning but placed greater emphasis on his family and success as a businessman.

In her campaign, Vilsack emphasized solving problems with less partisanship. She accused King of being more interested in his status as a conservative firebrand than on helping his district.