In the only local contested primary race in Cherokee County on Tuesday, Mark Leeds defeated Mark Cozine by a vote of 294 to 266 for the Republican nomination for the district 4 Cherokee County Board of Supervisor seat.
(All vote totals are unofficial until canvassed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.)
Leeds is a supervisor at R.J. Thomas Mfg. Cozine is the county attorney. Cozine did not seek reelection to the county attorney's position. His term expires at the end of this year.
In the November general election, Leeds will face Jack Clark, a retired farmer who was unopposed for the Democrat nomination for the district 4 seat.
Bud Clow is currently the district 4 supervisor but is not seeking reelection.
All county offices are for four year terms and all offices that are up for election this year have terms that expire Dec. 31, 2006.
Jeff Simonsen, incumbent supervisor representing district 3, was unopposed for the Republican nomination for that seat. In the general election, Simonsen will face challenger Donald Parrott who was unopposed for the Democrat nomination for that seat. Jeff Simonsen is the production supervisor at the rendering plant near Quimby, a part of Simonsen Industries. Parrott is a semi-retired teacher.
A supervisor must live in the district the supervisor represents but all are elected by voters throughout the county,
Incumbent office holders for county treasurer and county recorder were unchallenged for nomination. No one was on the ballot for either party for county attorney. There were write-in votes in both parties for county attorney, but there is a rule that in order to have ballot status, a write-in candidate must have at least 35 percent of the votes the last person to have ballot status for that position in that party received. Therefore, no candidate will be on the ballot for county attorney and there will be no Democrat on the ballot for county treasurer and no Republican on the ballot for county recorder.
The offices of sheriff, auditor and three of the county supervisors will be up for election in 2008.
Voting in Cherokee County for the Democrat nominee for governor was similar to that in the rest of the state, with Chet Culver defeating Mike Blouin, Ed Fallon coming in a distant third and Sal Mohamed coming in a far distant fourth. Democrat vote totals for the governor nominee in Cherokee County were Chet Culver - 188, Mike Blouin - 100, Ed Fallon - 58, and Sal Mohamed - 5.
Jim Nussle was unopposed for the Republican nomination for governor.
In the Democrat race for U.S. Representative district 5 nominee, Cherokee County again reflected the state, choosing the winner, Joyce Schulte over Robert Chambers. The vote in Cherokee County was 213 for Schulte to 114 for Chambers. In November, Schulte will face Steve King, the incumbent U.S. Representative of district 5, who was unopposed for the Republican nomination.
Cherokee County Republicans preferred Chuck Allison over Robert C. Dopf for Iowa Secretary of State by a vote of 233 to 175. In the November general election, Allison, who also won statewide, will face Michael A. Mauro, who was unopposed for the Democrat nomination for Secretary of State.
Both Democrats and Republicans had contested primary elections for the state Secretary of Agriculture. Denise O'Brien got more votes than Dusky Terry among Democrats in Cherokee County by a margin og 182 to 144, O'Brien, who also won statewide, will face the Republican winner Bill Northey. The Republican primary contest for Secretary of Agriculture was one in which the top pick at the county level differed from the winner in the state. In Cherokee County, Mark Leonard, who is from Holstein, had substantially more votes, 339, than Northey with 153 or Karey Claghorn with 32.