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

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Hatch, Vernon, Branstad, Reynolds Continue Torrid Campaign Pace

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds was with her boss…Governor Branstad…and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie last Thursday at the Winegard Company’s new facility on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. She told the crowd that leadership is important and that she and Governor Branstad have been providing it for four years.  She was quick to add, however, that they’re not finished yet. The Governor’s speech preceded keynote speaker New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with a reminder of some of things the Branstad administration has accomplished, including a reduction in Iowa’s commerical & industrial property tax rate, action that had been discussed for 30 years. Continue Reading

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Iowa’s U-S Senate Hopefuls Still Going Full Speed Ahead

With precinct polling places around the state opening at seven o’clock tomorrow (Tuesday) morning for the 2014 General Election, the two major party candidates for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat are in the middle of a frenetic round of campaign activity. Republican Joni Ernst plans to make a dozen stops between now and Tuesday morning when she plans to vote in her home town of Red Oak. Democrat Bruce Braley embarked on a tour with stops in six eastern Iowa cities today (Monday). Yesterday(Sun), he campaigned in cities along the Mississippi River, starting in Decorah and including Burlington.  Joining Braley were the man he hopes to succeed, U-S Senator Tom Harkin, and U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa Governor. Continue Reading

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December Bond Issue, Bleachers Major Topics for WB School Board

The West Burlington School Board holds a work session tonight(Mon) at 6 and will get an update on the information campaign, leading up to the December 2nd bond referendum. Supt. Dave Schmitt says he has a draft of a pamphlet ready for the board’s review and he’ll ask members to set dates…starting this Thursday…for public information sessions.  

Another item up for discussion will be the proposed installation of bleachers at the baseball and softball diamond. Continue Reading

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Neighbors Don’t Like Rezoning Request; Council to Discuss it Tonight

The Burlington City Council meets today(Mon) at 5:30 and will hold two public hearings, one on a proposal to rezone John McCormick’s property at 25-35 Mt. Pleasant Street from General Commercial to Multi-Family Residential. Most recently, the lot contained a small building from which McCormick sold bird food…but he wants to sell it to a developer, who’d like to put up an 8-unit apartment building. A number of neighbors object to the plan and have signed a petition opposing it. The Council will also hear Alliant Energy’s annual report tonight(Mon) and will officially set a November 17th public hearing date on a resolution that would eliminate Saturday bus service. Continue Reading

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And Those Candidates Just Keep on Coming…and Coming…

Possible 2016 Presidential candidate Chris Christie was in town last(Thur) night, campaigning on behalf of Governor Branstad and his ticket. Christie spoke to a crowd of 200-plus at the Winegard Companies’ new, Mt. Pleasant Street warehouse & plant, telling of his friendship with the long-time Governor and comparing being asked to help Branstad with being asked to take batting practice with Mickey Mantle.  Branstad, who’s seeking his 6th, non-consecutive term, was there, as were Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and 2nd District Congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Late this morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch and his running mate, Monica Vernon, made a stop at Des Moines County party headquarters in Burlington, giving the volunteers there a pep talk in a voice that’s showing the strain of a long campaign. Continue Reading