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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.

Latham beats Boswell in race between incumbents


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican Tom Latham has been elected in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, beating Democrat Leonard Boswell in a race between two longtime incumbents. Latham moved into the 3rd district after the once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries left him in a district with another Republican incumbent. The victory gives Latham a 10th House term. He hadn’t faced a serious challenge until he ran against Boswell, who had served eight terms in the U.S. House. Both candidates campaigned on the need to strengthen the U.S. economy and create more jobs in Iowa.

Nov. 6, 2012 General Election Results – Local races


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Other results available at: http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/)

County/Office                                     Votes



Dale Sunderman (R)                               5,973

Board of Supervisors:

Duane McFadden (R)                            1,076

Charles Rieken (R)                                 1,171

Frank Waters (R)                                    1,225


Darby McLaren (R)                                5,957

Union Township Clerk (vacancy term) (elect 1):

Bill Gerlock                                               31

Cheryl R. Christensen                           80* winner

Public Measures A thru D (Should the County BOS appoint Clerk/Trustee?)

A)   Benton Township                             Yes 58*                     No 26

B)   Edna Township                                  Yes 15                       No 44*

C)   Union Township                                Yes 49                      No 57*

D)  Victoria Township                            Yes 30*                    No 29

Soil and Water Conservation Board (elect 3)

Chase Wheatley                                        2,879*

Curt Behrends                                           4,002*

Clarke Gerlock                                          2,827*

Norbert Ray Wilson                               2,030

County Public Hospital Trustee/NW District

Roger Herring                                          3,857*

Michael J. Collins                                   1,739


Board of Supervisors – District 2 (elect 1)*

Merlin Dixson (D)                                     249*

Jerry Peckham (R)                                   187

Board of Supervisors – District 5 (elect 1)

Karl McCarty (R)                                      344

County Attorney (to fill a vacancy) (elect 1)

Duane L. Golden (R)                                1,741

Auditor (elect 1)*

Kevin Wynn (D)                                        560

Becky Bissell (R)                                       1,395*

Kerry Mullen (NBP)                               194

Sheriff (elect 1)

Alan Johannes (R)                                 1,979


Supervisor – District 1 (elect 1)

Matt Wedemeyer (R)                               687

Supervisor – District 3 (elect 1)

David L. Homan (R)                                  649

Supervisor – District 5 (elect 1)

John A. Twombly (R)                             671

Auditor (elect 1)

Mindy Schaefer (R)                                  3,302

Sheriff (elect 1)

Brad D. Newton (R)                                  3,270

Greenfield City Council (to fill vacancy) (elect 1)

Ray Sorensen II                                           793


Board of Supervisors (elect 2)*

Duane Deist (R)                                       1,550*

Todd M. Nelsen (R)                                1,817*

Jerry R. Carter (D)                                 1,082

Kent Grabill (D)                                       1,542

Auditor (elect 1)

Lisa Frederiksen (R)                              2,857

Sheriff (elect 1)*

Todd W. Johnson (R) (incumbent)  2,374*

Blake Asberry (D)                                    1,080

Treasurer (Vacancy Term Ending 12/31/14) (elect 1)

Debbie Campbell (D)                              2,679


Board of Supervisors – District 1 (elect 1)*

James Carroll (R)                                    454

Jermome F. Caraher (D)                      585*

Board of Supervisors – District 5 (elect 1)*

Mike Dickson (R)                                     593*

David Guisinger (D)                                507

Auditor (elect 1)

Jerri Christman (R)                                 4,428

Sheriff (elect 1)

Marty Arganbright (D)                          4,785


Board of Supervisors – District 3 (elect 1)

Bryant Amos (R)                                          921

Board of Supervisors – District 5 (elect 1)

Donna Robinson (R)                                     844

Auditor (elect 1)

Stephanie Burke (NBP)                                3,742

Sheriff (elect 1)

Joe Sampson (R)                                             4,397

Agricultural Extension Council (elect 5)*

Karen Klocke                                                    2,455*

Michael J. Olson                                              2,814*

Sabrina Johnson                                             1,927

Carroll Freeman                                              2,403*

Timothy L. Kammerer                                  2,286*

William Drey                                                     2,805*


Board of Supervisors (elect 2)*

Jerry Hensheid (D)                                        2,015

LaVon Christensen (D)                                 1,781

Charles Parkhurst (R)                                   3,282*

Steve Kenkel (R)                                             4,191*

Auditor (elect 1)

Marsha J. Carter (D)                                     4,653

Sheriff (elect 1)

Mark Hervey (R)                                           5,426


Board of Supervisors (elect 2)*

Lynn G. Grobe (R)                                       21,034*

Melvyn J. Houser (R)                                21,231*

Brian Lund (NBP)                                        10,857

Auditor (elect 1)

Marilyn Jo Drake (R)                                 32,512

Sheriff (elect 1)

Jeff Danker (R)                                            32,703

Treasurer – to fill Vacancy (elect 1)*

Lea A. Voss (R)                                           21,608*

Paula E. Danker (D)                                   17,915

2012 General Election Results – County by County in Iowa


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The results of the 2012 General Election, County-by-County, are available at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, including local precinct break-downs, where available. For the latest information, go to http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/resultsCountyList.aspx.

The information will be updated throughout the evening, Tuesday and early Wednesday morning. All results are not “Official,” until they are canvassed in each county.

Man arrested for failing to comply with sex offender registry


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest Tuesday morning, of 22-year old Johnathan Edwin Watkins, who last known address was in Kellerton.

Johnathan Edward Watkins

Watkins was taken into custody at around 11:35-a.m. in Corning, on a Felony warrant out of Ringgold County, for Failure to comply with Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry. He was arrested after authorities received information with regard to his location, and that a valid warrant existed for his arrest. Watkins was transported to the Ringgold County Jail. He was originally convicted in July 2010, for enticing away a female 13 years of age or younger.

Assault arrest in Corning


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Corning man was arrested Tuesday morning, on an assault charge. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says 30-year old Richard Alexander was charged with 3rd offense Domestic Abuse, a Class-D felony. He was taken into custody after deputies were called to investigate an incident which allegedly occurred earlier that morning.

Corning man arrested on drug charges


November 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says a Corning man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on drug charges. 25-year old Garret Templeton was arrested after authorities received a call at around 5:53-a.m., about a missing 16-year old. Upon further investigation, Templeton was allegedly found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his residence. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.