By Paul Struck
Although several Cherokee County incumbent candidates are running unopposed on the 2012 General Election Ballot for November, three races have materialized for the three County Board of Supervisors seats up for re-election this year.
For Cherokee County Supervisors in realigned District 5, Democrat incumbent Terry Graybill of Cherokee is not seeking re-election and his post is being sought by Republican Ginger Walker, and Democrat Marci Brown, both of Cherokee.
In District 1, incumbent Democrat Dean Schmidt of Meriden is being challenged by Republican candidate Rick Mongan of Cherokee, and in District 2, incumbent Democrat Larry Prunty of Cleghorn is being challenged by Republican Dennis Bush of Cleghorn.
County Auditor Republican Kris Glienke of Aurelia, and County Sheriff Republican Dave Scott of Meriden are incumbents running unopposed.
Cherokee County non-partisan Township Officers with terms ending include Clerk Brian Nelson and Trustee Clark Rainboth in Amherst; Clerk Philip Ladenthin and Trustees Mark Burnham (appointed) and Arnie Dawson in Grand Meadow; Trustee Paul Wilberding in Marcus; Clerk Richard Ravnsborg and Trustees Floyd Zimmer and Cal Husman in Rock; and Trustees Brad Coburn and Jerry Johnson in Tilden.
In Amherst, Rainboth is running again and there will be a write-in for Clark.
In Grand Meadow, Dawson and Burnham are back on the ballot, as is Clerk Ladenthin.
In Rock, there will be two write-ins for Trustees and Clerk Ravnsborg is running again.
In Tilden, Johnson and Coburn are back on the ballot.
All other Townships in the County appoint officers.
Terms ending on the Soil and Water Conservation District Commission include Tom Bindner, Jason Titcomb, and Tom Oswald. Bindner, Brian Mugge, and Gary Otto are on the ballot.
Cherokee County Ag Extension Council members with terms ending include Tom Bindner, Chuck Clark, David Whited, and Lynn Winterhof. Whited and Clark are again running, along with Barb Kindwall.
Regarding State Offices for State Senator in realigned District 2, Republican Randy Feenstra of Hull is unopposed, as is District 3 State Representative Republican Dan Huseman of Aurelia.
Regarding United States Offices for U.S. Representative in realigned District 4, Republican incumbent Steve King of Kiron is being challenged by Democrat candidate Christie Vilsack of Ames. Also in this race is Martin James Monroe, a Battle Creek Independent who has been nominated by petition.