Election night 2012 went pretty much as expected in Humboldt County, with few contested races and few surprises.
It was a good night for Republicans as Mitt Romney and Steve King outpolled their Democratic challengers for president and U.S. representative.
Romney defeated President Barack Obama in Humboldt County, 3,099 to 1,967. He won by a similar percentage in Kossuth County. Statewide, Obama had the edge, outpolling Romney by nearly 85,000 votes, putting Iowa’s six electoral votes in the president’s column.
King topped challenger Christie Vilsack in newly drawn U.S. Senate District 4, which includes portions of northern, western and central Iowa. King tallied 2,958 votes in Humboldt County to Vilsack’s 1,978, according to the unofficial totals. Statewide, King received 53 percent of the vote, just under 200,000, while Vilsack received 168,323.
State Rep. Tom Shaw, a Laurens Republican, was re-elected running unopposed in District 10, which includes all of Humboldt, Pocahontas and Calhoun counties, along with a small portion of Webster County. Shaw received 3,992 votes in Humboldt County and 12,324 overall.
Most of the county races were uncontested. The one contested race for District 4 Humboldt County Supervisor found Democratic incumbent John “Mort” Christianson of Bode topping Republican challenger Randy R. Foth of Livermore by a total of 567-397, unofficially.
Other Supervisor candidates, Harlan Hansen, Rick Pedersen and Jerry Haverly, were running unopposed and were elected to office. Pedersen will be the lone new supervisor to join the board Jan. 1.
Other county officeholders Dean Kruger (sheriff), Peggy Rice (auditor) and Jonathan Beaty (county attorney) were all running unopposed and were elected, all receiving over 4,000 votes.
Tim Anderson, Rod Harklau and Scott Curran were elected to the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. Robert Lynch, Tim Terwilliger, Pat Hill and Max Redenius were elected as Humboldt Soil and Water District Commissioners.
There were six people vying for four spots on the Humboldt County Agriculture Extension Council. Larry Lane, Jeffery Goodell, Jenna Bormann and Dee Diana Stern were the top vote getters, outpolling Marilyn Stein and Cassandra Smith. Will Spellmeyer was also elected to fill an unexpired term on the Extension Council.
There were contested races for two city council seats in area towns. In Gilmore City, it appears that former councilman Tim Smith will be back on the council. Unofficial totals show Smith with 59 votes to 56 for Denny Davis and 14 for Cleo Boles.
In the city of Livermore, Crista Jensen outpolled George McMahon to fill an unexpired term. Jensen had 98 votes to 61 for McMahon.
For complete coverage, check the Nov. 15 edition of the Humboldt Independent.