Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Buena Vista County Sheriff

Perhaps the most heated race was for Buena Vista County Sheriff with incumbent Chuck Eddy, D-Storm Lake, being challenged by Gary Launderville, R-Alta. Eddy won with 4,280 votes or about 56 percent, and Launderville had 3,542 votes, or about 34 percent. Eddy is more than happy with the results.

"We're naturally happy and pleased that we won and we feel the people felt we've been doing a good job," Eddy said, adding that the department has been running efficiently. "I think the people decided we really didn't need a change."

While defeated in the polls, Launderville does not feel defeated by the election.

"I think it goes without saying I'm disappointed, but I think it was still a good race - I'm not disappointed that I ran," Launderville said. "Naturally I'm disappointed, but I'm sure not heart broken.

"I think I had a respectable showing - I think that should say something. But Chuck was the victor and he is the boss and we'll continue forward."

Launderville's run has been a career move from himself. He said he intends to return as a deputy and that he hopes a normal working relation can return to the sheriff's office.

"I've been doing this for 18 and a half years, I see no sense in leaving now," he said. "I made it very clear that I wanted a good working relation with him when this is over and I hope that's the way we can have it."

Eddy said it has not been an easy campaign.

"I felt that I took a lot of criticism and innuendoes that were really demeaning to me," he said. "It's been a tough campaign - we'll see what happens and where it goes."

Eddy said working relations in the sheriff's office will depend on the attitude of his challenger.

"A lot of it depends... on what he wants to do when he gets back," he said, noting criticism of him again. "It will be up to him to see what his attitude is."

Launderville said he does hope the election provides an opportunity for some issues to be addressed in the sheriff's office.

"I hope Chuck and I can sit down now and discuss some of (the issues) we weren't able to discuss before," he added.

Eddy repeated how the residents of the county voted, believing the office is running efficiently and smoothly. He said that will continue as well as professional relationships with other law enforcement departments. The future is also on Eddy's mind.

"We need to move toward the future, and we're working on computerizing the cars and making the office more efficient and more modern - we're moving into the 21st century," he said.

Launderville said he will support Eddy now that the election is over.

"I will support Chuck - he is the boss," he said. "I work for him and I'll give him my support."

Sheriff races typically pit two law enforcement officers against each other, always with the possibility of creating ill will between candidates. After this election, Launderville said he is not convinced this is the best way to chose a sheriff, and he noted that "crime doesn't stop in the middle of an election."

"I think certain offices would probably be best suited for some kind of appointment instead of going through the election process," he said. "But I'm not sure how to get that accomplished as far as state law - I think you'd find a lot of opposition to that."

State Representative District 10

Throughout District 10, which includes most of Buena Vista and Pocahontas counties and a small part of southern Clay, incumbent Russ Eddie, R-Storm Lake, won with 6,743 votes or 60 percent of the vote.

Democrat Sue Morrow, Storm Lake, received 3,821 votes or 34 percent, and Reform Party candidate Gary Meier, Jr., Reform Party, received 597 or 5 percent. Write-ins were negligible.

"I'm very happy and very thankful to the voters of the tenth district for re-electing me," Eddie said. "I feel very honored and humbled to serve this district again for two more years."

Morrow said her campaign has been a wonderful experience for her and those who volunteered for her.

"I feel like we put our best foot forward and ran in good grace," Morrow said. "I wish Russ Eddie the best of luck with his next term in office and hope he'll look at a few issues that people brought to my campaign."

Morrow said all of her issues were brought to her by supporters, and notes corporate livestock operations as a big one that will not go away.

"People are asking for local control and I know Russ has some different views in that area," she said. "I ask that he re-evaluate them."

As of Wednesday morning, Eddie said it appears Iowa's legislature will continue to be in Republican control, which will be a check to Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack.

"We got along the last two years with that situation and the Republican legislature will watch the budget and not spend more money than we take in, which the Governor tried to do last year."

Eddie said he will be the fourth senior member of the house, behind Speaker Brent Siegrist, R-Council Bluffs, Janet Metcalf, R-Des Moines, and Phillip Tyrrell, R-North English.

"We should have some pull and experience," Eddie said.

Eddie gave thanks to all of the people who voted and all of the volunteers on his campaign. He also expressed gratitude towards those contributing to his campaign. On that same note, he also addressed issues raised by Reform candidate Meier.

"Any campaign is expensive to run," he said. "People say campaigning is getting so expensive and advertising is expensive. In a market with TV, I'm sure it's much more expensive than it is here."

Eddie said he takes note on the issue of PAC money, which is an issue Meier raised. Eddie said he does not accept PAC money from big corporations or the sort, but rather from local citizens that contribute to PAC funds. He also noted that all of his fundraising records are public record and available either through him or the state.

Morrow said she has been encouraged by her campaign but has not given another thought this soon at public office.

"I've met a tremendous amount of wonderful people - I certainly encourage everyone that considers running for political office to do so."

Gary Meier, Jr. could not be reached.

County Supervisor District 3

Herb Crampton won the race for county supervisor for District 3, having received 4,668 votes or about 64 percent, and Democratic challenger Tom Ellis received 2,507 or about 36 percent.

Crampton said he feels good about receiving about 64 percent of the vote.

"I thank all the people who worked for me and helped," he said. "I had a lot of good friends working - it went very well.

Competition was welcomed, Crampton said, and added that Ellis ran a good campaign.

"I think it's good a person has to get out and work a little harder (for an elected position)," Crampton said. "I think it was a fair campaign."

He noted incumbents generally have it more easy, though he again recognized the volunteers working for him.

Ellis said he offered citizens a choice.

"The citizens of Buena Vista County have spoken and what I heard is that they did support me in this election, but it wasn't enough. The Republicans held fast and won the seat I was running for," Ellis said.

Ellis also gave thanks to those he has worked with on the campaign and to those he has met and who have supported him.

"I am walking away from this election a winner," he said. "I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with some of the finest and proudest, nicest people that anyone will have the honor to meet.

"I will continue to serve Buena Vista in other ways that have been made available through my exposure during this past year. It has been a wonderful ride, thank you all for the opportunity to experience it."

Now with the election over, Crampton is ready to continue with his duties as county supervisor, with meetings to attend already today in his position. Also, the budget season for the board is about to begin.

Crampton said he hopes the board can continue as it has, with keeping the budget down and trying to keep from having to raise taxes.

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