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The November ballot

Monday, June 9, 2008

There will be only two contested county elections on the ballot for the November 4 election in Cherokee County, that is unless someone gets on the ballot by petition as a non-party candidate rather than by party nomination.

Getting on the ballot for county office as a non-party candidate requires 87 signatures on a petition, based on the voter turnout for Cherokee County elections in 2004. The number of signatures required to be on the ballot for treasurer is slightly different because the election for that office was last held in 2006. Lynde Lundquist, whose term as treasurer would have ended at the end of 2010, resigned early this year, so that office was filled by appointment and will be on the ballot in November.

The two county seats that will have both a Democrat and a Republican competing on the November ballot are the district 2 supervisor seat and the district 5 supervisor seat.

The district 2 supervisor seat was the only one that was both one of the three seats to be contested in the June 3 primary and one of the two that will be contested in November. Ron Wetherell, a Republican now completing his fourth term as district 2 supervisor, is not seeking reelection.

Larry Prunty defeated Linda Bindner in the Democratic primary for the district 2 supervisor seat. Darrell J. Downs was uncontested in the Republican primary for the district 1 seat.

The district 5 supervisor, Terry Graybill, now completing his first term, was uncontested in the Democratic primary for reelection. In the November election, he will face C. Gary Bowers, who was uncontested in the Republican primary for district 5 supervisor.

There were write-in votes for most primary offices, even for offices that had no candidate on the ballot of one of the parties for an office. However, in order to be on the ballot, a person has to receive votes from at least 35 percent of those who voted in that party's primary. Although there were, for example, 14 write-in votes on the Democratic ballot for auditor and 27 write-in votes on the Democratic ballot for sheriff, there will not be a Democrat on the November ballot for either auditor or sheriff because no one received 35 percent of the votes from voters who participated in the Democratic primary. The total write-ins didn't even reach 35 percent.

The only state-office on the Cherokee County ballot this year will be state representative from district 53 where Dan Huseman, the Republican incumbent, will face Lori Sokolowski, the Democratic challenger, on the November election.

In the race for U.S. representative from Iowa's fifth district, Steven King, the Republican incumbent, will face Ron Hublar, Democratic challenger.

In the race for U.S. senator from Iowa, Tom Harkin, the Democratic incumbent, will face Christopher Reed, the Republican challenger.

The only other federal office on the ballot in November will be for president.

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