Incumbent Tom Latham has won his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Mike Palecek and two other third party candidates.
In Buena Vista County Latham won with 6,396 votes or about 70 percent of the vote. Palecek had 2,100 votes or about 27 percent of the vote. Ben Olson, Libertarian Party candidate, had 107 votes or a little over 1 percent, and Ray Holtorf who was nominated by petition had 71 votes or less than 1 percent.
The margins for the rest of the Fifth District were similar to Buena Vista's voters. Latham, 52, co-owner of the Latham Seed Co., beat Palecek for a fourth term in Washington.
''I would believe that people looked at my record. They know I worked very hard as far as balancing the budget, being a champion on the war against drugs with methamphetamine, flexibility in education and getting money back to the classroom, and tax relief,'' Latham said.
Palecek, 44, of Sheldon, a write-in candidate in 1998, said he faced a tough battle from the start.
''I wasn't supported by the party and I didn't have much money," he said, "but I'm glad I gave it a shot."
Read the rest of this article in the 11/09 Pilot Tribune.