Tuesday’s primary election was uneventful for Dallas County positions as all five available seats were unopposed. Four of the five seats are currently occupied by incumbents, including county supervisor Brad Golightly, county supervisor Kim Chapman, county recorder Chad Airhart and county attorney Wayne Michael Reisetter. The one county race that did not include an incumbent was Dallas County Treasurer. Dallas Center Mayor Mitch Hambleton is running unopposed to fill the seat vacated by current treasurer Darrell Bauman who is retiring at the end of the term after serving nearly 20 years as Dallas County Treasurer.
The most exciting race was arguably Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District Republican primary. The 3rd District represents the southwest quarter of Iowa, including Dallas and Polk counties.
Brad Zaun was the GOP leader after Tuesday’s primary with around 25 percent of the votes but failed to reach the critical 35 percent needed for the Republican nomination. Robert Cramer garnered 21 percent of the vote while current secretary of state Matt Schultz earned 20 percent, Monte Shaw had 17 percent, David Young with 16 percent and Joe Grandanette two percent. Iowa law states that a candidate must reach 35 percent in order to earn the nomination, otherwise a nominating convention must be held following the primary to determine the nominee. It’s just the second time in 50 years that a Congressional nominee will be selected at an Iowa convention.
The Republican Party of Iowa stated in a press release Wednesday that the Republican nominee for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District will be decided at a special nominating convention Saturday, June 21 at Creston High School. A convention will be held June 14 with 513 delegates reconvening one week later in Creston to select the candidate.
“As no candidate received the necessary 35% share of the vote in the primary election, rules state that the party’s nominee will be selected at a convention whose date and location is set by the Chairman,” said Iowa Republican Party Chairman Danny Carroll in the press release. “I’ve listened to feedback from 3rd District Republicans and selected Saturday, June 21st as the date and Creston as the location.”
In other races, Joni Ernst became the GOP’s first female senate nominee in Iowa history after claiming a large victory with 56 percent of the statewide votes. She unofficially earned 59 percent of the vote in Dallas County. Ernst will face off against Bruce Braley in the November general election.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad defeated GOP opponent Tom Hoefling with 86 percent of the vote and will oppose Democrat Jack Hatch in November.
Full results can be viewed at the Iowa Secretary of State website: http://electionresults.sos.iowa.gov/