Undated (KICD)--Voters head to the polls today for Primary election day.
A pair of area House District seats feature contested races. Republicans Josh Davenport and Megan Hess are vying to challenge the unopposed Democrat Steve Bomgaars for the House District 2 position. Incumbent Jeff Smith will look to fend of a challenge from fellow Republican Kevin Wolfswinkel in the newly created House District 1.
There are no other contested races in Clay County. Republicans Joe Skow and Del Brockshaus will be joined on the ballot this November by Democrat Bradley Smith to fill two open Supervisor seats.
A high profile race for Dickinson County Sheriff pits incumbent Greg Baloun against longtime Iowa DNR Lake Patrol officer Gary Owen. There is no Democrat challenger on file to face off against the winner from this contest.
In Palo Alto County Sheriff Dennis Goeders is retiring. Democrats Lynn Schultes and Todd Suhr will face off to compete against Republican Darrin Adams in November. The District 5 Supervisor race includes three Democrats in Sherman Hilfiker, Thomas Leonard, and Linus Solberg. One of those three must garner 35 percent of the vote to face off against Republican Bertha Mathis in the Fall.
O'Brien County features a packed Republican ballot. James DeBoom and Michael Negus are vying for the District 1 Supervisor post with no Democrat in waiting. For District 2 Republicans Clara Black, John Haack, Wes Schnack, and John Steensma are looking for 35 percent of the vote to face off against Democrat Greg Fritzsche. The District 3 Supervisor post lists Republicans Rob Hegenbarth, Nancy McDowell, and Edmond Stephens as well as Democrats Dennis Brouwer and Duane Kooistra. There are no Democrats up in District 4 which does feature Republicans Tom Farnsworth, Richard Haack, and Garry Seivert. In District 5 Republicans Dan Friedrichsen, Micah Powers, John Putnam and Richard Van Beek look to challenge unopposed Democrat Darwin Dau in November.
In Emmet County Republicans James Black and Dennis Guth will face off today in State Senate District 4 where Democrat Bob Jennings runs unopposed. The House District 7 post features a contest between Republicans Mark Frakes and Tedd Gassman with Democrat John Wittneben in waiting.
In Buena Vista County there are three Republicans vying for the State Senate District 6 post. Matthew Biede, Adam Schweers, and Mark Segebart look to win the nod and face off against Democrat Mary Bruner this Fall.
Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber looks to fend off a challenge from fellow Republican Matt Block. Republicans Phil Bootsma and William Imhoff look to win the District 4 Supervisor seat. The District 5 Supervisor seat lists Republicans Ed Jones, Joseph McElroy, and Merlin Sandersfeld on the ballot. Republicans Rochelle Buchman and Doug Hensch will battle for the District 1 Supervisor nod. The District 2 Supervisor spot is being contested by Republicans Roger Sixta and Jayson VanderHoef.
Pocahontas County voters will choose between Republicans Tom Shaw and Maison Bleam for the Statehouse District 10 post with no Democrat on file. The District 1 Supervisor seat features Democrats Jeffrey Ives and Patrick Sheda and Republicans Robert Brinkman and Sarah Munson.
The lone contested race in Cherokee County is for the District 5 Supervisor seat. Republicans Darrell Nelson and Ginger Walker look to face off against unopposed Democrat Marci Brown.
Tune into the 10:00 KICD newscast tonight for a full wrap up from Primary election day