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Primary Elections Feature Low Voter Turnout

June 7, 2018
By Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Voters in Palo Alto County Supervisor District Five had the only local contested election to determine in Tuesday's Primary Elections. In that contest for the Democratic nomination for supervisor, Incumbent Linus Solberg would easily outdistance challenger Bertha Mathis for the ballot spot in the November elections.

With few local contests, only 960 registered voters in Palo Alto County cast ballots for the primary, out of 6,022 registered voters. That translated into just 15.94 percent of the electorate. A total of 548 Democratic votes were cast with 410 Republican votes and two Libertarian votes being cast.

The Supervisor District Five race featured Linus J. Solberg, the incumbent Supervisor, being challenged for the Democratic nomination by Bertha Mathis. Voters in the district cast 96 votes for Solberg, 79.34 percent of the vote, while Bertha Mathis received 25 votes, 20.66 percent of the vote.

On the Republican ballot in District Five, Clint Young received 111 votes, 95.69 percent of the vote, and will face off against Solberg on the November General Election ballot.

In Supervisor District One, Republican incumbent Keith Wirtz received 105 votes, or 97.22 percent of the vote, and in Supervisor District Two, Republican incumbent Craig Merrill received 116 votes. 100 percent of the votes cast.

There were no announced Democratic candidates for Districts One or Two.

Incumbent Treasurer Robin Jamison received 495 votes, 100 percent, on the Republican ticket, with no announced Democratic challenger, and Incumbent County Recorder Sue Ruppert, received 494 votes, 100 percent of the vote on the Republican ticket, also with no announced Democratic challenger.

Democratic incumbent County Attorney Peter C. Hart received 336 votes, 98.82 percent of the vote, with no announced Republican challenger for the position.

State Senate Race

A contested race for the Iowa Senate District One saw a three-way field of challengers on the Republican ticket, including an Emmetsburg resident.

Jesse Wolfe of Emmetsburg would finish second in the primary, receiving 159 votes, or 31.99 percent of the total vote in the county.

Zach Whiting, a Spencer resident, would win the nomination with 276 votes, or 56.53 percent of the total vote, while Arnolds Park businessman Brad D. Price would finish third in the county, receiving 61 votes, or 12.27 percent of the vote.

Ag Secretary

In statewide races, voters in Palo Alto County gave the nod to a candidate with local roots. Current Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, formerly of Cylinder, easily outdistanced four Republican challengers in the primary, as he received 484 votes in the county, 93.80 percent of the vote. Ray Goesser received 13 votes, just 2.52 percent, while Craig Lang collected eight votes for 1.56 percent and Chad Ingels earned seven votes, 1.36 percent, with Dan Zumach receiving four votes, .78 percent of the total votes cast.

On the Democratic ticket, Tim Gannon received 314 votes, 98.74 percent, to earn a ballot spot this Fall for the General Election.

For Governor, Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell earned the win in the county, receiving 235 votes, 62.91 percent of the total, outdistancing the field of six contenders.

Republican Incumbent Governor Kim Reynolds received 481 voted, 99.59 percent of the total ballots, for the General Election ballot spot this Fall.

Federal Race

And in the race for U.S. House of Representatives District Four, Incumbent Republican Steve King received 375 votes, 73.24 percent of the vote, as opposed to challenger Cyndi Hanson, who received 137 votes., or 26.76 of the votes cast in Palo Alto County.

On the Democratic ticket for District Four, Leann Jacobsen received 159 voted, 44.17 percent of the vote, while J.D. Scholten received 122 votes, for 33.89 percent of the vote. John Paschen received 79 votes, or 21.94



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