Incumbents Wills, Jones carry Dickinson County

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Whiting secures first term in Iowa Senate

GOP incumbents John Wills and Megan Jones carried Dickinson County and were in position for a return to the Iowa House in January.

Wills received 4,390 votes for 65.8 percent support to hold off his Democratic challenger Karen A. Larson in Dickinson County. District 1 also includes Lyon and Osceola County in far northwest Iowa. Larson received 2,279 votes for 34.2 percent support in the northern half of Dickinson County. Both candidates are from Spirit Lake.

John Wills

Wills secured his third term serving northwest Iowa in Des Moines. He was first elected as a House Assistant Majority Leader in 2015 and remained in that role for the 2018 legislative session. He served on the Administration and Rules, Agriculture, Commerce, Natural Resources and Transportation committees.

Karen Larson

The incumbent has been involved in water quality and conservation work for more than 20 years and retired from the National Guard after 25 years and numerous deployments overseas.

Larson formally announced her candidacy in February. She became professor emerita as she retired to Spirit Lake in 2012 she taught cultural anthropology at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, for 35 years. She has done field research in Europe, North America and Asia, acted as a terrorism consultant for the federal government and instructed her own martial arts school.

In District 2, Jones carried the southern half of Dickinson County with 1,,293 votes for 66.2 percent support. Democratic challenger Ryan Odor of Spencer received 656 votes for 33.6 percent support in Dickinson County.

The incumbent state representative from rural Sioux Rapids earned her fourth term in the Iowa House, where she has served as an Assistant Majority Leader. She is a graduate of Spencer High School, Drake University and William Mitchell College of Law. She is currently a non-practicing attorney, stay-at-home mom and farm wife.

Megan Jones

"I have always been interested in public service and policy," she said. "After the census in 2010, new maps were drawn, and this district no longer had an incumbent representative. I was asked by several people to run and so I did. I am very fortunate to have their support and encouragement. I want to make Iowa the best place to live, work and raise a family."

Jones said the state budget will be a major challenge over the next 3-5 years.

Ryan Odor

"We need to stay within our means and be realistic about the future. Inaccurate budget projections have caused the budget to face shortfalls," she said, prior to Tuesday's vote. "Subsequently, we made adjustments and did not spend everything we had to spend."

She was challenged by Odor, who is an associate religious coordinator at Hope Haven and pastor at Langdon United Methodist Church. He also serves as executive director at Arts On Grand. He spent two years at Iowa Lakes Community College, where he studied broadcast journalism. He also worked in the hospitality and restaurant industry for 15 years.

Odor said the midyear budget cuts of 2017 prompted his interest in the Iowa House seat.

"During these cuts, the Iowa Cultural Trust was raided of over $6 million," he said. "At the time, I was the director at Clay County Heritage, a board member at Arts On Grand and a volunteer at Spencer Community Theater. This action, along with cutting funding for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, had a major impact on me and this community. This got me more involved in politics."

Zach Whiting

Wills and Jones will be joined by a newcomer who will serve District 1 in the Iowa Senate. Zach Whiting of Spirit Lake emerged from a three-person GOP primary in June and did not face a Democratic candidate on the Nov. 6 ballot. He received 6,730 votes in Dickinson County.

Whiting succeeds former Republican and incumbent state Sen. David Johnson in the senate district serving Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay and Palo Alto counties. After 18 years as a Republican, Johnson changed his affiliation to independent, or "No Party", in June 2016 when it was apparent Donald Trump would win the GOP nomination for president.

He ultimately dropped his senate bid as an independent candidate in May 2018.

"First and foremost, I want to thank all those who have supported my efforts to shine a spotlight on how polarized and partisan the political process has become," the veteran Ocheyedan lawmaker said at the time of his decision. "As a private citizen, I will find a place to be an advocate for education, the environment, access to health care and fiscal responsibility," he said.

Whiting moved his family back to his native Spirit Lake in the summer of 2016 and officially announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination in August of that year.

Whiting returned to the area after time in Washington, D.C., where he worked with U.S. Rep. Steve King's office as a legislative assistant and judiciary committee staffer.

Whiting graduated from Spirit Lake High School in May 2006 and from Stetson University in May 2010, summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He earned his law degree from the Regent University School of Law and is a licensed attorney. In law school, he served as articles editor of a law review and had a constitutional law article published in a faith-based law journal.

"My wife and I wanted to find a place where we could settle, establish our roots and raise our family" he said in the 2016 announcement to launch his campaign. "I would like to serve effectively, willingly, on behalf of the people as long as they would elect me -- maybe three or four terms, I don't really want to put a number on it. But I don't want to say my whole life is going to electoral service."

The senator-elect said he is dedicated to lower taxes and spending, reducing burdensome regulations, growing the economy and creating good-paying jobs for all Iowans, supporting farmers and the agriculture industry, protecting the state's valuable natural resources, supporting high quality education and school choice and promoting traditional family values.


DICKINSON COUNTY RESULTS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 1

William C. Leupold (R)1,331 votes

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 2

Steve Clark (R)1,062 votes60.7 percent
Dave Kohlhaase (Nominated by petition)683 votes 39.0 percent

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 4

Kim Wermersen (R)1,462 votes

COUNTY TREASURER

Kris Rowley (R)7,310 votes

COUNTY RECORDER

Ann Ditsworth (R)7,105 votes

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Jon M. Martin (R)7,122 votes

TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE

Pat Gillespie (Silver Lake)38 votes

TOWNSHIP CLERK

Bonnie Anderson (Silver Lake)36 votes

STATE REPRESENTATIVE District 1

John Wills (R)4,390 votes65.8 percent
Karen Larson (D)2,279 votes34.2 percent

STATE REPRESENTATIVE District 2

Megan Jones (R)1,293 votes66.2 percent
Ryan Odor (D)656 votes33.6 percent

STATE SENATOR District 1

Zach Whiting (R)6,730 votes

U.S. Representative District 4

Steve King (R)4,645 votes53.2 percent
J.D. Scholten (D)3,915 votes44.8 percent
Charles Aldrich (L)129 votes1.5 percent
Edward Peterson (Nominated by Petition)42 votes0.5 percent

Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Kim Reynolds/Adam Gregg (R)5,528 votes62.9 percent
Fred Hubbell/Rita Hart (D)3,121 votes35.49 percent
Jake Porter/Lynne Gentry (L)90 votes1.0 percent
Gary Siegwarth/Natalia Blaskovich (Clear Water Party) 50 votes0.6 percent

Secretary of State

Paul Pate (R)5,594 votes65.1 percent
Deidre DeJear (D)2,876 votes33.5 percent
Jules Ofenbakh (L)122 votes1.4 percent

State Auditor

Mary Mosiman (R)4,944 votes57.5 percent
Rob Sand (D)3,509 votes40.8 percent
Fred Perryman (L)148 votes1.7 percent

State Treasurer

Jeremy Davis (R)4,835 votes56.6 percent
Michael Fitzgerald (D)3,565 votes41.7 percent
Timothy Hird (L)141 votes1.65 percent

Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Naig (R)5,758 votes66.7 percent
Tim Gannon (D)2,727 votes31.6 percent
Rick Stewart (L)142 votes1.65 percent

Iowa Attorney General

Tom Miller (D)5,284 votes75.46 percent
Marco Bettaglia (L)1,653 votes23.61 percent

SHALL THE FOLLOWING JUDGES BE RETAINED?

COURT OF APPEALS

Michael R. Mullins

Yes4,806 votes80.1 percent
No1,193 votes19.9 percent

Mary Ellen Tabor

Yes4,838 votes80.3 percent
No1,184 votes19.7 percent

Anuradha Vaitheswaran

Yes4,475 votes74.2 percent
No1,556 votes25.8 percent

DISTRICT COURT 3A

Nancy L. Whittenburg

Yes5,423 votes82.5 percent
No1,153 votes17.5 percent

David A. Lester

Yes5,443 votes82.9 percent
No 1,127 votes17.2 percent

COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL TRUSTEE (vote for 2)

Kristine Walker 5,605 votes
Mary Kay Bates5,412 votes

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (vote for 2)

Curt Smith4,452 votes42.6 percent
S. Vance Hjelm3,046 votes29.2 percent
Ty Adams2,916 votes27.9 percent

COUNTY AG EXTENSION COUNCIL (vote for 5)

Casey Jones4,887 votes
Ann F. Warburton4,851 votes
Mary Beth Dewall4,593 votes
Kiley Roth4,487 votes
Brandon Rohrig4,431 votes

IGL SANITARY SEWER TRUSTEE (vote for 2)

Robert Boettcher4,144 votes
Kae Hoppe3,705 votes

IGL SANITARY SEWER TRUSTEES to fill vacancy

Craig Camozzi4,345 votes

PUBLIC MEASURE B

Shall the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors fill the offices of Trustee and Clerk of Silver Lake Township by appointment as the term of office of the incumbent township officers expire?

No19 votes57.6 percent
Yes14 votes42.4 percent

PUBLIC MEASURE C

Shall the city of Wahpeton, county of Dickinson, Iowa be authorized to impose a hotel and motel tax at the rate of 7 percent in the corporate limits of the city of Wahpeton, effective Jan. 1, 2019, which shall be used by the city of Wahpeton for any lawful purpose including any purpose allowed by chapter 423A and 423A.7(4), 2017 Code of Iowa?

Yes128 votes53.1 percent
No113 votes46.9 percent

PUBLIC MEASURE D

Shall the city of Arnolds Park, county of Dickinson, Iowa be authorized to impose a hotel and motel tax at the rate of 7 percent in the corporate limits of the city of Arnolds Park, effective Jan. 1, 2019, which shall be used by the city of Arnolds Park for any lawful purpose including any purpose allowed by chapter 423A and 423A.7(4), 2017 Code of Iowa?

Yes346 votes54.9 percent
No284 votes45.1 percent
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