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The 'real' election is Tuesday

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Democratic and Republican parties in Iowa will hold their primary elections, next Tuesday, June 5.

In Plymouth County, there are four contested races on the Republican ballot, the most in recent memory.

With the 2010 Census requiring a new drawing of Plymouth County Supervisors districts, two of the current supervisors, Don Kass and Mark Loutsch, were put into the same district.

Loutsch chose to move into another district rather than face Kass in the primary.

The three incumbent supervisors: Kass, Loutsch and Jim Henrich are each facing a challenge in the primary.

Former Le Mars Fire Chief Wayne Schipper is also seeking the Republican nomination in Supervisor District 2, opposing Mark Loutsch.

In Supervisor District 3, Merlin Wagner and Don Kass are both seeking the nomination.

Former Le Mars Community School Board member Dan Smith of Merrill is challenging Jim Henrich for the Supervisor District 5 nomination.

Longtime Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo has an opponent, Le Mars Police Officer Jay King, for the Republican nomination.

County Auditor Stacey Feldman is unopposed, as is Rep. Chuck Soderberg and Congressman Steve King.

In contrast, the only name on the ballot in the Democratic Party's primary ballot is Christie Vilsack, who will face Rep. Steve King in the fall.

Plymouth County is a Republican County, with members of the GOP outnumbering the Democrats by an over 2-1 margin. As of May 2, there were 7,636 registered Republicans, 3,437 registered Democrats and 5,850 declaring no party.

With no contested races on the Democratic ballot, even though the General Election is in November, the real races for sherriff and supervisor are on right now.

Absentee ballots can be requested and cast at the Auditor's office during normal office hours, as well as on this Saturday, June 2nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On June 5, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Please make the time to vote.