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Supervisor candidate forum held

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cherokee County Farm Bureau President Tom Oswald, right, hosted Wednesday's Cherokee County Farm Bureau Forum for candidates running for the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors. The forum was held at the Cherokee Middle School and five of the six Supervisor candidates were present, left to right, Dennis Bush, Rick Mongan, Larry Prunty, Dean Schmidt, and Marci Brown. Absent was Ginger Walker. Photo by Mike Leckband
The Cherokee County Farm Bureau hosted a candidate forum on Wednesday for those seeking to be on the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.

This election there are three open seats on the Board for District 1, District 2 and District 5 in Cherokee County.

The Cherokee County Farm Bureau invited all candidates for these positions to the forum and all participated but Candidate Ginger Walker (R), who was out of the state due to work-related training.

Candidates who were present included Dennis Bush (R), Rick Mongan (R), Larry Prunty (D), Dean Schmidt (D), and Marci Brown (D).

Moderating was Cherokee County Farm Bureau President Tom Oswald, who asked the candidates questions that were mostly agriculturally - based.

Each of the candidates had a allotted time of two minutes to answer each question. The candidates also were offered opening and closing statements on why each wanted to be on the Cherokee Board of Supervisors.

The forum was attended by several county residents along with County and City Officials and family members of the candidates.

The night offered an insight on who the candidates are and why they are seeking office.

It was apparent that each of the candidates are in earnest, and have a deep resolve to make Cherokee County a better place to live.

Supervisor race breakdown:

* The Cherokee County District 1 race will have Rick Mongan of Cherokee running against incumbent Dean Schmidt of Meriden.

* The Cherokee County District 2 race will have Dennis Bush of Cleghorn running against incumbent Larry Prunty of Cleghorn.

* The Cherokee County District 5 race will have Ginger Walker of Cherokee running against Marci Brown of Cherokee.

It is worth noting that the Walker/Brown race will be an historic race for Cherokee County. With two women vying for the same seat on the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors. Cherokee County will have its first woman Supervisor after the election.

In a related event, on Tuesday the Cherokee Career Women (formerly Business and Professional Women) will be holding a candidate forum at Danny's Sports Spot to hear from these women

Dinner (Dutch treat) will begin at 6 p.m., with the candidate forum to start around 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Walker and Brown will both be on hand to discuss why they are running for the Board of Supervisors, talk about county issues, and field questions from those in attendance.

Kris Glienke, Cherokee County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, will also be on hand to talk about the election process, go over the ballots, and distribute information on absentee voting.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Absentee Ballots for the upcoming General Election are available at the Cherokee County Auditor's office, located in the Cherokee County Courthouse at 520 W. Main St.

If you will be unable to vote on the scheduled Election Day, you may stop in or call the Auditor's office at 225-6704 to receive the absentee request form.

The form may also be downloaded on the county's website, www.cherokeecountyiowa.com/, or through the Secretary of State's website, sos.iowa.gov.

Send your Ballot Request to: Cherokee County Auditor, 520 W. Main St., Drawer H, Cherokee, IA 51012 , or drop off your Ballot Request at the Cherokee County Auditor's Office, or in the drop box in front of the Courthouse north doors

The deadline for handing in an absentee request form to the Auditor Office is 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election, Nov. 2.

You may vote absentee at the County Auditor's office through Monday, Nov. 5. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, or you may hand deliver your voted ballot to the Auditor's Office on Election Day by 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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