Lorimor farmer Rick Friday went to bed at 11 p.m. Tuesday night not knowing the results of Tuesday’s primary elections.
The Republican candidate for Union County Board of Supervisors, to fill a vacancy, was awoken in the night by text messages from his children telling him where he could find results. For Friday, those texts were good news.
Friday won Union County’s lone contested race in Tuesday’s primary elections, according to the unofficial results.
A total of 1,214 ballots were cast in Union County for the primary election – a 14.91 percent turnout – with 17 outstanding absentee ballots. According to Union County Auditor Sandy Hysell, the 14.91 percent voter turnout Tuesday was typical for a primary election.
Friday and Jim Stalker squared off to be the Republican candidate for the Union County Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy left by the death of the late Lois Monday.
Results have Friday winning with 530 votes (77.49 percent) to Stalker’s 152 votes (22.22 percent). Friday will run against Democrat Dale Cline, who was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in May 2017 to fill Monday’s vacancy.
“I’m really honored with the support that I received, more than anything,” Friday said. “I’m very proud, and I’ve been going to every supervisor meeting for about the last six weeks trying to educate myself on the process and what’s facing the county today. I really look forward to working for and serving the people of Union County, if elected in November.
“I really want to thank the residents of Union County for the support in the primaries,” Friday said.
Republican incumbent Ron Riley received 99.17 percent of the vote for a four-year term on the Board of Supervisors, as he ran unopposed.
Kelly Busch (treasurer), Katie Carlton (recorder) and Tim Kenyon (attorney) all ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary and will all represent the Republican party in November’s general election.
Adams County farmer Ray Gaesser, a Republican candidate for Secretary of Agriculture, carried Union County with 319 votes (51.9 percent). The next highest vote total among the five candidates was 116 for Mike Naig.
However, Naig won Iowa’s primary election for the Secretary of Agriculture, claiming 35 percent of the statewide vote. Gaesser finished with the fourth-highest total statewide, with 16 percent of the vote.
In the Democratic primary for governor, Fred Hubbell ran away with the victory, amassing 56 percent of the vote statewide. Cathy Glasson was the next highest vote getter with 20 percent and John Norris received 11 percent of the vote.
In Union County, Hubbell carried with 293 votes, with Glasson taking 81 votes and Norris receiving 79 votes.
“Tonight’s results send a very strong message,” Hubbell said during an election night victory party in Des Moines. “Iowa voters have had enough of the heartless and misguided policies and priorities that have taken our state backwards. It’s time to move Iowa forward.”
In the U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 3rd District, Cindy Axne claimed the Democratic nomination with 58 percent of the vote. Eddie Mauro finished with 26 percent and Pete D’Alessandro received 16 percent of the vote.
Axne carried Union County with 249 votes, well ahead of Mauro’s 154 votes and D’Alessandro’s 83 votes.
Union County primary results
U.S. Representative District 3 – David Young, 593
Governor – Kim Reynolds, 613
Secretary of State – Paul Pate, 559
Auditor of State – Mary Mosiman, 530
Secretary of Agriculture – Ray Gaesser, 319; Mike Naig, 116; Dan Zumbach, 94; Craig Lang, 54; Chad Ingels, 32
State Senator 11 – Tom Shipley, 552
State Representative 021 – Tom Moore, 542
County Supervisor (four-year term) – Ron Riley, 595
County Supervisor (to fill vacancy) – Rick Friday, 530; Jim Stalker, 152
County Treasurer – Kelly Busch, 633
County Recorder – Katie Carlton, 606
County Attorney – Tim Kenyon, 564
U.S. Representative District 3 – Cindy Axne, 249; Eddie Mauro, 154; Pete D’Alessandro, 83
Governor – Fred Hubbell, 293; Cathy Glasson, 81; John Norris, 79; Andy McGuire, 21; Nate Boulton, 20; Ross Wilburn, 6
Secretary of State – Jim Mowrer, 333; Deidre DeJear, 137
Auditor of State – Rob Sand, 397
Treasurer of State – Michael Fitzgerald, 431
Secretary of Agriculture – Tim Gannon, 395
Attorney General – Tom Miller, 438
State Senator 11 – Sara Ramsey, 402
State Representative 021 – Denise O’Brien, 388
County Supervisor (to fill vacancy) – Dale Cline, 381
Iowa primary results
U.S. Representative District 3 (D) – Cindy Axne 32,070 - 58 percent; Eddie Mauro 14,582 - 26 percent; Pete D’Alessandro 8,595 - 16 percent
Governor (D) – Fred Hubbell 97,950 - 56 percent; Cathy Glasson 36,131 - 20 percent; John Norris 20,203 - 11 percent; Andy McGuire 9,257 - 5 percent; Nate Boulton 8,944 - 5 percent; Ross Wilburn 3,807 - 2 percent
Governor (Lib) – Jake Porter 966 - 59 percent; Marco Battaglia 679 - 41 percent
Secretary of State (D) – Deidre DeJear 80,950 - 51 percent; Jim Mowrer 77,258 - 49 percent
Secretary of Agriculture (R) – Mike Naig (i) 30,616 - 35 percent; Dan Zumbach 18,841 - 21 percent; Craig Lang 16,355 - 19 percent; Ray Gaesser 14,287 - 16 percent; Chad Ingels 7,820 - 9 percent