Area (KICD)--A busy 2012 General Election has come to a close.
Republican Megan Hess will fill the newly created Statehouse District 2 seat. Hess defeated Democrat Steve Bomgaars 8,611-6,625.
The District 7 House seat featured the tightest polling figures of the night. Republican Ted Gassman tallied 7,646 votes while Incumbent Democrat John Wittneben had 7,589.
Republican Steve King defeated Democrat Christie Vilsack in the 4th District Congressional race.
Republican Dennis Guth ousted Incumbent Democrat Bob Jennings in the Senate District 4 race by a count of 15,828-14,116.
In Clay County Republican Incumbents Del Brockshaus and Joe Skow will fill another term on the Board of Supervisors. The final vote tally was 4,940 for Skow, 4,401 for Brockshaus, and 3,611 for Democrat Bradley Smith. Incumbent Republican Sheriff Randy Krukow defeated Steve Koenig 6,341-1,582.
Krukow and Brockshaus both noted that this will be their final time on the ballot.
Barb Brechler was elected to fill a vacancy on the Webb City Council.
In Dickinson County Democrat Incumbent District 3 Supervisor Dave Gottsche retained his post defeating Jack Rees 933-664. Republican Ann Ditsworth defeated Independent Janelle Treganza by a tally of 5,938-2,951 to become Recorder. A public measure to increase the 911 surcharge to $1 passed by a count of 5,447-3,474. Gary Taber will fill an opening on the Lake Park City Council. A pair of openings on the Orleans City Council will be filled by Roger Rieck and Blaine Strampe.
In the Palo Alto County Sheriff's race Democrat Lynn Schultes came out on top over Republican Darrin Adams, and Independent candidates Russ Jergens and Todd Suhr with a high vote total of 1,832.
Adams finished just behind with 1,692 tallies. The District 3 Supervisor nod went to incumbent Republican Ed Noonan who defeated Democrat Leo Goeders by a count of 531-372. In District 5 Democrat Linus Solberg defeated Republican Bertha Mathis 610-368. A question calling for taking the number of County Supervisors from five to three failed 2,380-1,835.
In Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber retained his post. LeRoy DeBoer, Jayson VanderHoef, Phil Bootsma, and Merlin Sandersfeld allearned spots on the board of Supervisors.
In O'Brien County District 2 Republican John Steensma defeated Democrat Greg Fritzsche to join the Board of Supervisors. Republican Nancy McDowell came out on top over Democrat Dennis Brouwer for the District 3 seat. In District 5 Republican Dan Friedrichsen topped Democrat Darwin Dau.
In Emmet County all incumbents retained their seat on the Board of Supervisors including Democrats Bev Juhl and Alan Madden and Republican Tim Schumacher.
Pocahontas County’s Incumbent Republican Sheriff Bob Lampe will fill another term. Incumbent Democrat Auditor Margene Bunda fended off a challenge, and Republican Robert Brinkman won the not for the District 1 Supervisor post.
In Cherokee County the District 1 Supervisor post will be filled by Rick Mongan, District 2 will be represented by Dennis Busch, and Ginger Walker won the District 5 nod. All of the winners are Republicans.
Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins fended off a highly public campaign by anti gay marriage advocates to oust him following his part in a 2009 ruling which paved the way for same sex marriage in the state.