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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

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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