Iowans who have grown weary of the constant advertising leading up to Tuesday’s General Election have only to endure the barrage of mailings and on-air assaults a little longer. And, while most eyes in Iowa will be on the polling numbers where candidates are running for Congressional and State offices, there are some races we’ll be following locally here at KJAN, as well.
In western Iowa, incumbent Republican Jack Drake from Griswold is being challenged by Democrat Tim Ennis, of Corning, for State Representative in District 21. Republican Tom Shipley is unopposed in his bid for State Senate in District 11. Meanwhile, Republican Brian Best, from Glidden, is running against Democrat Dan Mulhbauer, from Manilla, in District 12. Also, incumbent Republican Clel Baudler, from Greenfield, faces a challenge from Steve Roe from Lake Panorama, for State Representative in District 20.
There are no contested races here in Cass County. Supervisors Gaylord Schelling and Mark Wedemeyer are running unopposed in Cass County Districts 2 and 3. There will be a Public Measure on the ballot however, for residents living in the Edna and Union Townships, calling for a vote on whether or not the Trustees and Clerks of Court in those townships should be appointed by Board of Supervisors as the terms expire.
In Adair County, Republican Clint Hight and Democrat Incumbent Mike Maynes are vying for the County Attorney’s job. There’s also a race for one seat each on the Board of Supervisors in Districts 2 and 4 in Adair County. In District 2, Republican Ralph Lents faces a challenge from Incumbent Democrat Steve Shelley. And in District 4, Democrat Jodie Hoadley hopes to defeat her Republican opponent Brian Rohrig. Jeff Vandewater is running unopposed to fill a vacancy as Adair County Sheriff.
In Adams County, Republican Doug Birt faces a challenge from Democrat Larry Sawyer for the Board of Supervisor’s seat in District 1. In District 3, there’s a race between Republican Linda England and Democrat Kevin Wynn. And in District 4, Republican Leland Shipley is running against Democrat Tyler Edwards, in Adams County. There’s also a race for County Treasurer between Republican Jamie Stargell and Democrat Iona Allen. Voters in Adams County will also act on a Public Measure asking if the County shall issue General Obligation Capital Loan Notes in an amount not to exceed $1.3-million, for improvements to the Lake Icaria Timber Ridge Campground, managed by the Adams County Conservation Board. Tthe full-service campground has been untouched since it was first constructed 35 years ago. The renovation would include new electrical services and sewer hookups to about 40 spaces. The bond issue’s passage requires a 60 percent supermajority.
In Audubon County, there is a race between Republican Gary VanAernam and Democrat Jerry Carter, for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. In Guthrie County, Republican Cliff Carney is being challenged by Democrat Kerry Sheeder for the Board of Supervisors in District 2. In District 3, Republican Everett Grasty and Democrat Kathy Miller are vying for a seat on the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors. And, there are six candidates vying for five seats on the County Agricultural Extension Council.
In Montgomery County, Republican Joshua Wiig is being challenged by Karen Blue for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, in District 2. Six candidates are running for five seats on the County Agricultural Extension Council, and four people are in the running for two seats on the Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
There’s only one contested race in Shelby County, where Democrat Jessica Gessert faces a challenge from Republican Geralyn S. Greer, for the title of County Recorder. In Pottawattamie County: Democrat Flory Blount and Republican Mark Brandenburg are running for County Recorder; Incumbent Republicans Scott Belt, Loren Knauss and Justin Schultz are running for three seats on the Board of Supervisors, along with former Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, who has no party affiliation.