Reynolds carries Dickinson County as statewide results roll in
Dickinson County remained reliable GOP territory for appointed Gov. Kim Reynolds, who went into Tuesday's election seeking her first four-year term.
She carried the Iowa Great Lakes with 5,528 votes for 62.9 percent support. Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell received 3,121 votes for 35.5 percent support in Dickinson County.
The race was considered too close to call as numbers continued to come in from Iowa's 99 counties Tuesday night.
Hubbell said he hoped to unseat Reynolds and revamp the state's budget priorities. Hubbell, served as chairman of the Iowa Power Fund under former Gov. Chet Culver and also served as interim director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. In the private sector, Hubbell has worked in law, been the chairman of Younkers department stores and the president of Equitable of Iowa life insurance company. He set a record for Iowa gubernatorial candidates by raising $18 million, according to the Associated Press.
"Governor Reynolds — to be honest — and the Republicans, I think, have turned their backs on people, and all they talk about it business, business, business," Hubbell said during a January stop in Arnolds Park. "But business cannot be successful unless we invest in people."
He said the state's first priority at this point should be paying down the $144 million debt.
"We shouldn't even be thinking about lowering taxes until we pay off the debt," Hubbell said. "A fiscally responsible person doesn't borrow money to make tax reductions."
Hubbell said his experiences have taught him to foster cooperation — and he intends to do the same in Des Moines, without sacrificing his progressive principles.
The candidate said he intended to prioritize three areas of the state's budget — education/job training, healthcare and income.
He said education from pre-kindergarten to the collegiate level must be funded and effective. He indicated higher-education may become financially out of reach for many if things go unchanged. Hubbell also indicated Medicaid is on an unsustainable path in Iowa.
Reynolds became the 43rd governor of Iowa in May when she succeeded Terry Branstad. His term was set to expire at the end of 2018. He left office early after he was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to China.
"If you dream big and work hard, absolutely anything is possible," Gov. Kim Reynolds told the Spirit Lake audience on hand in March for the launch of her 2018 gubernatorial campaign.
"I had the opportunity to … serve 19 years in the county treasurer's office," she said. "I was elected to the state senate. I had the opportunity to serve with the longest-serving governor in this country and to have a mentor in Ambassador Branstad and then — today — to be the first female governor of the state of Iowa and serve Iowans at the highest level."
The governor said state leaders are working to make healthcare more affordable. Reynolds also said state leaders need to work in a coordinated and strategic manner to provide mental health services to vulnerable Iowans.
"I love what I'm doing," she said in March. "I'm very blessed. I talk a lot about my story, but I truly believe that my story is the Iowa story, and it's being played out with Iowans all across our state. This truly is a state where, if you work hard and dream big, absolutely anything is possible."
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 votes||60.7 percent|
|Dave Kohlhaase (Nominated by petition)||683 votes||39.0 percent|
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DISTRICT 4
|Kim Wermersen (R)||1,462 votes|
|Kris Rowley (R)||7,310 votes|
|Ann Ditsworth (R)||7,105 votes|
|Jon M. Martin (R)||7,122 votes|
|Pat Gillespie (Silver Lake)||38 votes|
|Bonnie Anderson (Silver Lake)||36 votes|
STATE REPRESENTATIVE — District 1
|John Wills (R)||4,390 votes||65.8 percent|
|Karen Larson (D)||2,279 votes||34.2 percent|
STATE REPRESENTATIVE — District 2
|Megan Jones (R)||1,293 votes||66.2 percent|
|Ryan Odor (D)||656 votes||33.6 percent|
STATE SENATOR — District 1
|Zach Whiting (R)||6,730 votes|
U.S. Representative — District 4
|Steve King (R)||4,645 votes||53.2 percent|
|J.D. Scholten (D)||3,915 votes||44.8 percent|
|Charles Aldrich (L)||129 votes||1.5 percent|
|Edward Peterson (Nominated by Petition)||42 votes||0.5 percent|
|Kim Reynolds/Adam Gregg (R)||5,528 votes||62.9 percent|
|Fred Hubbell/Rita Hart (D)||3,121 votes||35.49 percent|
|Jake Porter/Lynne Gentry (L)||90 votes||1.0 percent|
|Gary Siegwarth/Natalia Blaskovich (Clear Water Party)||50 votes||0.6 percent|
Secretary of State
|Paul Pate (R)||5,594 votes||65.1 percent|
|Deidre DeJear (D)||2,876 votes||33.5 percent|
|Jules Ofenbakh (L)||122 votes||1.4 percent|
|Mary Mosiman (R)||4,944 votes||57.5 percent|
|Rob Sand (D)||3,509 votes||40.8 percent|
|Fred Perryman (L)||148 votes||1.7 percent|
|Jeremy Davis (R)||4,835 votes||56.6 percent|
|Michael Fitzgerald (D)||3,565 votes||41.7 percent|
|Timothy Hird (L)||141 votes||1.65 percent|
Secretary of Agriculture
|Mike Naig (R)||5,758 votes||66.7 percent|
|Tim Gannon (D)||2,727 votes||31.6 percent|
|Rick Stewart (L)||142 votes||1.65 percent|
Iowa Attorney General
|Tom Miller (D)||5,284 votes||75.46 percent|
|Marco Bettaglia (L)||1,653 votes||23.61 percent|
SHALL THE FOLLOWING JUDGES BE RETAINED?
COURT OF APPEALS
Michael R. Mullins
|Yes||4,806 votes||80.1 percent|
|No||1,193 votes||19.9 percent|
Mary Ellen Tabor
|Yes||4,838 votes||80.3 percent|
|No||1,184 votes||19.7 percent|
|Yes||4,475 votes||74.2 percent|
|No||1,556 votes||25.8 percent|
DISTRICT COURT 3A
Nancy L. Whittenburg
|Yes||5,423 votes||82.5 percent|
|No||1,153 votes||17.5 percent|
David A. Lester
|Yes||5,443 votes||82.9 percent|
|No||1,127 votes||17.2 percent|
COUNTY PUBLIC HOSPITAL TRUSTEE (vote for 2)
|Kristine Walker||5,605 votes|
|Mary Kay Bates||5,412 votes|
SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (vote for 2)
|Curt Smith||4,452 votes||42.6 percent|
|S. Vance Hjelm||3,046 votes||29.2 percent|
|Ty Adams||2,916 votes||27.9 percent|
COUNTY AG EXTENSION COUNCIL (vote for 5)
|Casey Jones||4,887 votes|
|Ann F. Warburton||4,851 votes|
|Mary Beth Dewall||4,593 votes|
|Kiley Roth||4,487 votes|
|Brandon Rohrig||4,431 votes|
IGL SANITARY SEWER TRUSTEE (vote for 2)
|Robert Boettcher||4,144 votes|
|Kae Hoppe||3,705 votes|
IGL SANITARY SEWER TRUSTEES — to fill vacancy
|Craig Camozzi||4,345 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?
|No||19 votes||57.6 percent|
|Yes||14 votes||42.4 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?
|Yes||128 votes||53.1 percent|
|No||113 votes||46.9 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?
|Yes||346 votes||54.9 percent|
|No||284 votes||45.1 percent|