Newcomers Join HendCo Board

In Henderson County, Unofficial results show incumbent Republican County Clerk & Recorder Amanda Van Arsdale-Rousonelos the winner, with more than two-thirds of the votes. For County Board, three new Republicans and a new Democrat will join incumbent Democrat Robert Peterson. The other winners were Democrat Gary Gibb…and Brad Flatt, Richard Clifton and Bill Knupp of the GOP. Continue Reading

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Branstad Wins Lee County at Last!

There was no competition for any of the candidates in Lee County except in the six-way race for five seats on the Agricultural Extension Council. Vicki Kokjohn led the way with 5,349 votes…followed by Steven Newberry with 5,300…Tom Mohrfeld with 5,251…Rick Tebbs with 4,566…and Kala Anderson with 4,299. Tricia Knipper finished out of the running with 3,560 votes. Governor Terry Branstad made it a point…many times…to say that he wanted to win Lee County…and he did, yesterday, for the first time ever. Lee County voters gave the incumbent Republican and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds 5,627 votes…just under 53%…to Democrat Jack Hatch and Monica Vernon’s 4,618…just over 43%. Continue Reading

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Beavers, Broeker Win Des Moines County Elections

Close to half of Des Moines County’s registered voters cast ballots in yesterday’s(Tues) elections and these are the local, unofficial results:

For County Attorney, Democrat Amy Beavers…who was appointed when Pat Jackson retired…decided to run for the job and she defeated Republican challenger Trent Henkelvig 8,175 votes to 5,183 with 22 write-ins. (That’s a 61.1% to 38.7% margin.) For the only Board of Supervisors seat open this year, incumbent Republican Tom Broeker held off Democrat Ann Distelhorst 7,285 votes to 6,099 with 18 write-ins. (That’s 54.3% for Broeker and 45 1/2% for Distelhorst.) And in the race for Ag Extension Council…where there were seven candidates but only five openings…the winners, in order of the number of votes they received, were: Daniel Beckman(16.6%)…Brenda Wischmeier(16.2%)…John Dockendorff(just over 16%)…Barbara Kerr(15 1/2%)…and Dean Van Ness(12.4%). Sandy Krell-Andre(with 11.7%)…and Alan Mohr(with 10.7%) finished out of the running. All six judges on the ballot were retained and all the other local candidates in Des Moines County ran unopposed. Continue Reading

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Large Number of DMCo Absentee Ballots Requested; Many Still Out

Des Moines County’s Auditor told the Board of Supervisors this morning that about 1,100 absentee ballots haven’t been returned yet. Carol Copeland says her office handed out, or mailed, just under 7,300 absentee ballots for today’s elections and those who haven’t used theirs yet may turn them in at their regular polling place and vote there, or they can fill them out and turn them in to her office on the second floor of the courthouse until 9 o’clock tonight. If you have an absentee ballot and plan to mail it in, it’s already too late — it had to have been postmarked by November 3rd, and received by noon on the 10th, for it to be counted.   Continue Reading

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Voters Hit Polls in Des Moines County; Co. Bd. and Atty. Only Local Races

It’s election day and the polls are open in Iowa til 9 pm and in Illinois til 7 pm. Here’s a brief rundown of some of our local races…..  

In Des Moines County — Democrat Ann Distelhorst is challenging incumbent

Republican Tom Broeker for the only open seat on the 3-member Board of

Supervisors…incumbent Democrat Amy Beavers, who was appointed to the

County Attorney’s post when Pat Jackson retired, is running for election against

Republican Trent Henkelvig…and there are seven candidates for five openings on

the Des Moines County Agricultural Extension Council: Barbara Kerr, Dean Van

Ness, John Dockendorff, Alan Mohr, Sandy Krell-Andre, Brenda Wischmeier and

Daniel Beckman. The other races on the Des Moines County ballot are for U-S Senator…Democrat

Bruce Braley, Republican Joni Ernst and four other candidates…..U-S

House…incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack versus GOP challenger Mariannette

Miller-Meeks…..Governor and Lt. Governor…Jack Hatch & Monica Vernon for the

Democrats, Terry Branstad & Kim Reynolds, the Republican incumbents…along

with three other sets of candidates from the Iowa Party, the Libertarian Party and

the New Independent Party…..for Secretary of State…among Democrat Brad

Anderson, Republican Paul Pate and two others…..for State Auditor…GOP

incumbent Mary Mosiman and Democrat Jonathan Neiderbach…..for

Treasurer…incumbent Democrat Mike Fitzgerald, Republican challenger Sam

Clovis and a Libertarian candidate…..Agriculture Secretarty…Republican

incumbent Bill Northey, Democratic challenger Sherrie Taha and a candidate from

the New Independent Party…..and State Attorney General…Democratic incumbent

Tom Miller or Republican challenger Adam Gregg. State Representative Dennis Cohoon is running unopposed, as are Des Moines

County Treasurer Janelle Nalley-Londquist…County Recorder Lisa

Schreiner…Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners Brian Messer and

Maureen Hutchcroft for 4-year terms and Bob Hinson for a two-year term…..and

all of the local judges, who either get a yes or no on whether they should be

retained. Continue Reading

Slim Pickings in Hancock County for Election Day

In Hancock County, the only competition is among the statewide and

Congressional candidates on this election day…which, in Hancock’s case is the 18th District, where incumbent Republican Aaron Schock is facing a challenge by Democrat Darrel Miller. In the County offices, Democratic Clerk & Recorder Kerry Asbridge is

unopposed, as are Treasurer Kristine Pilkington…Sheriff Scott Benzinger…States

Attorney Jason Pohren(porn)…Regional School Supt. John Meixner…and County

Board members Pat Cramer, Don Little, Jerry Smith Sr. and Stephen Finney…all

Republicans. There’s no name on the ballot for County Board member District-

4…and the judges all get either a yes or no for retention. In the Village of Elvaston, voters will be asked whether they want to reduce the

Board of Trustees from six members to four…..and residents of the Colchester

Fire Protection District will decide if they’d like a point-4 percent tax increase to

start an ambulance service. Continue Reading

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Henderson County Voters Have Some Choices to Make

It’s election day and on the Illinois side of the river, there are several Henderson County races of note. Democrat Patty Daniels and Republican Amanda Van Arsdale-Rousonelos will

battle it out for the job of County Clerk & Recorder…Republican Jodi Scott and

Democrat Bonnie Harris are victims of state-mandated consolidation, so they’re

competing for Regional Supt. of Schools for Henderson, Knox, Mercer and

Warren Counties. (Republican John Meixner is running unopposed for the

Regional Super’s job in Hancock, McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties.)

Henderson County voters will choose five, at-large County Board members from

among seven candidates — Democrats Robert Peterson and Gary Gibb and

Republicans Bradley Flatt, Richard Clifton, Bill Knupp, Steven Giertz and Deborah

Pflasterer. And Henderson County voters will cast their ballots for either

incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos…a Democrat…or former Congressman

Bobby Schilling…a Republican. Continue Reading

Choices Limited for Lee County Voters Tomorrow

In Lee County, all the same statewide races and judicial retention votes that there are in Des Moines County exist…and there’s no competition for State Representative, District 83; that’s Democrat Jerry Kearns. None of the county office-holders have competition either — Treasurer Chris Spann…Recorder Nancy Booten…and County Attorney Michael Short…are all Democrats. There are no races for Washington Township Trustee…Warren Rickelman…or Twp. Clerk…Larry Buechel…..but there will be an odd man…or woman…out…in the 6-way race for Lee County Agricultural Extension Council, among Steven Newberry, Tricia Knipper, Vicki Kokjohn, Kala Anderson, Rick Tebbs and Tom Mohrfeld. Continue Reading

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Election Day Tomorrow — No More Nasty Commercials

Tomorrow’s(It’s) election day and the polls are open in Iowa from 7 am til 9 pm and in Illinois from 6 am til 7 pm. Here’s a brief rundown of some of our local races….. In Des Moines County — Democrat Ann Distelhorst is challenging incumbent Republican Tom Broeker for the only open seat on the 3-member Board of Supervisors…incumbent Democrat Amy Beavers, who was appointed to the County Attorney’s post when Pat Jackson retired, is running for election against Republican Trent Henkelvig…and there are seven candidates for five openings on the Des Moines County Agricultural Extension Council: Barbara Kerr, Dean Van Ness, John Dockendorff, Alan Mohr, Sandy Krell-Andre, Brenda Wischmeier and Daniel Beckman. The other races on the Des Moines County ballot are for U-S Senator…Democrat Bruce Braley, Republican Joni Ernst and four other candidates…..U-S House…incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack versus GOP challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks…..Governor and Lt. Governor…Jack Hatch & Monica Vernon for the Democrats, Terry Branstad & Kim Reynolds, the Republican incumbents…along with three other sets of candidates from the Iowa Party, the Libertarian Party and the New Independent Party…..for Secretary of State…among Democrat Brad Anderson, Republican Paul Pate and two others…..for State Auditor…GOP incumbent Mary Mosiman and Democrat Jonathan Neiderbach…..for Treasurer…incumbent Democrat Mike Fitzgerald, Republican challenger Sam Clovis and a Libertarian candidate…..Agriculture Secretarty…Republican incumbent Bill Northey, Democratic challenger Sherrie Taha and a candidate from the New Independent Party…..and State Attorney General…Democratic incumbent Tom Miller or Republican challenger Adam Gregg. State Representative Dennis Cohoon is running unopposed, as are Des Moines County Treasurer Janelle Nalley-Londquist…County Recorder Lisa Schreiner…Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners Brian Messer and Maureen Hutchcroft for 4-year terms and Bob Hinson for a two-year term…..and all of the local judges, who either get a yes or no on whether they should be retained. Continue Reading