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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 5, 2016

Almost 3,600  ballots cast in  Van Buren County

By VICKI TILLIS Ledger lifestyles editor | Nov 10, 2016

KEOSAUQUA — Voters in Van Buren County cast more votes for presidential contender Donald Trump (R) than Hillary Clinton (D) in Tuesday's General Election.

A total of 2,525 votes were cast for Trump, compared to 843 cast for Clinton. The other eight presidential hopefuls on the ballot from various parties garnered a total of 156 votes between them.

Van Buren County Auditor Jon Finney said the General Election Tuesday across Van Buren County "went very smoothly here. We had a normal turnout, and that's good."

The turnout, Finney continued, was 70 percent of the registered voters in the county — 3,589 of the 5,122 registered voters cast ballots. He added that 70 percent is about an average percentage of participation of Van Buren County voters in the General Elections since 1976.

In the U.S. Senator race, Rep. Charles Grassley (R) earned 2,614 votes in Van Buren County, helping him hold onto his seat in Washington, D.C. Patty Judge (D) earned 762 votes. The other three candidates on the ballot from various parties had a total of 145 votes.

In the U.S. Representative race, despite the fact that Christopher Peters (R) earned 2,000 votes in Van Buren County, compared to Dave Loebsack's (D) 1,450, Loebsack retained his seat in Washington, D.C.

Curt Hanson (D), who was running uncontested for the 82nd District of the Iowa House of Representatives, earned a total of 2,220 votes in Van Buren County, and will continue to represent Van Buren, Jefferson and Davis counties.

For the Van Buren County Board of Supervisors, incumbent Robert Waugh (R) reclaimed his seat with 2,256 votes. Clark Whitaker (D) earned 1,206 votes.

Jon P. Finney (R) was re-elected as Van Buren county auditor with 3,149 votes. He was unopposed.

Dan Tedrow (R) was re-elected as Van Buren County sheriff, with 3,070 votes. Like Finney, Tedrow was unopposed.

L. Edward  "Eddie" Spees and Quenton Dodson were elected as Van Buren County Hospital trustees. Spees earned 2,423 votes, and Dodson earned 1,749.

Steve Lyon, Dennis Gratz and Alica Bales were elected as Van Buren County Soil and Water commissioners. Lyon received 2,145 votes, while Gratz received 2,012 and Bales earned 1,925.

As of Tuesday evening, there was a tie for one of the seats on the Van Buren County Ag Extension Council. For the four open seats, Steven E. Kisling received 1,966 votes, Kathy Noll received 1,621, and Christine Westercamp received 1,592 to fill the first three seats. Sandra Coffman and Jill Chapman each received 1,326 to tie for the fourth seat. Meghan M. Koellher received 937 votes.

Finney said mailed ballots are still being received and will be counted by the absentee board members Monday. If those votes don't change the tie for the fourth and final seat, either Coffman's or Chapman's name will be drawn from a hat to fill the seat.

"We've had this happen with city mayor races and city council races, but it's kind of unusual to see it in this race," said Finney.

Van Buren County voters also turned down a proposed hotel-motel tax in unincorporated areas of the county. "No" votes totaled 1,056. "Yes" votes totaled 706.

For more election results for Van Buren County and other counties in the state, visit the Iowa Secretary of State website at https://sos.iowa.gov.Finney added the results of the election are unofficial until they are canvassed Monday afternoon.

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