It was an interesting primary election Tuesday, with one incumbent Republican county supervisor surviving while another was upset for his party's nomination.
In one of Buena Vista County's contested Republican races, incumbent supervisor Doug Bruns lost to challenger Bill Lanphere for the Republican nomination for supervisor district 1. Lanphere is a former director of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.
In the Republican primary for supervisor district 2, incumbent Richard Vail defeated Jack Hays. For the Democratic primary for supervisor district 2, Richard Jorgensen defeated Leon Haahr.
The primary also saw no clear winner in local voting for 5th District Congress, though State Senator Steve King received the most votes throughout the district and in Buena Vista County. However, a candidate must receive at least 35 percent of the vote to get the nomination. A candidate now will be selected by delegates at a district convention later this month.
More than 1,700 voters turned out for Tuesday's primary in the county out of a total of 11,576 registered voters, or about 15 percent voter turnout. Karen Strawn, county commissioner of elections, said that is about average for a primary election.
Of the voters, 83 percent cast ballots for the Republican Party (1,439 voters), about 17 percent for Democrats (289 voters), and about one-half of 1 percent for the Green Party (1 voter).
In the county's contested races, Lanphere had 62 percent of the votes (898 votes), while Burns had about 38 percent (546 votes).
Lanphere said he was pleased with Tuesday's outcome. "I'm looking forward to the November election," he said.
He plans to spend time up to the November election preparing himself on the role of a supervisor.
"At this juncture, I'll probably hopefully be doing more listening than talking and telling," Lanphere said. "Now is the time to listen."
As of right now, he does not have a challenger, but he said he will be prepared if anyone comes forward or is selected.
There is no Democratic candidate for district 1 supervisor, though Democrats could call a convention and draft a candidate for the fall. Or someone could file nomination papers and run as independent, Strawn said. The deadline for filing is Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Incumbent Richard Vail beat Jack Hays, of Albert City, with 761 votes (58.6 percent) to 536 votes (41.3 percent).
For the Democrats, Robert Jorgensen, of Newell, defeated Leon Haahr, also of Newell, by a slim margin of 144 votes to 131 votes.
While those are the unofficial numbers, Strawn said there are not enough special ballots or absentee ballots to swing the vote the other way.
Jorgensen will be the Democratic candidate for supervisor district 2 against Vail, of Sioux Rapids.
County returns for both the Republican U.S. Senate nomination and for 5th District Congress were similar to those across the state. Ganske beat Salier by an approximate 60 to 40 margin to get the nod.
King came out on top in BV County as well as the 5th District, with Siegrist, Redwine and Ballenger close behind.
One race that was reversed in the county was for the GOP nomination for governor. Vander Plaats came out on top in the county, while statewide Gross was selected.
All the unofficial results from Buena Vista County are:
* Senate - Greg Ganske, 879 votes (61.5 percent); Bill Salier, 548 votes (38.4 percent)
* 5th District Congress - Steve King, 552 votes (37 percent); Brent Siegrist, 425 votes (29 percent); John Redwine, 258 votes (17.4 percent); Jeff Ballenger, 249 votes (16.8 percent)
* Governor - Bob Vander Plaats, 525 votes (36 percent); Doug Gross, 476 votes (32.6 percent); Steve Sukup, 456 votes (31.2 percent)
* Attorney General - Dave Millage, 979 votes (99.9 percent)
* State Auditor - David Vaudt, 1,035 votes (99.9 percent)
* State Treasurer - Matt Whitaker, 1,001 votes (99.9 percent)
* State Representative District 52 - Mary Lou Freeman, 1,309 votes (99.9 percent)
* Secretary of Agriculture - John Askew, 1,043 votes (100 percent)
* Supervisors District 1 - Bill Lanphere, 898 votes (62 percent); Doug Bruns, 546 votes (38 percent)
* Supervisors District 2 - Richard Vail, 761 votes (58.6 percent); Jack Hays, 536 votes (41.3 percent)
* Supervisor District 3 - James Osegaro, 1,017 votes (99.5 percent)
* County Recorder - Debora Overgaard, 1,080 votes (99.9 percent)
* County Attorney - Philip Havens, 1,180 votes (99.4 percent)
* Senate - Tom Harkin, 257 votes (99 percent)
* 5th District Congress - Paul Shomshor, 287 votes (99.5 percent)
* Governor - Tom Vilsack, 246 votes, 98 percent
* State Auditor - Patrick Deluhery, 201 votes (100 percent)
* Secretary of State - Chet Culver, 222 votes (100 percent)
* State Treasurer - Michael Fitzgerald, 234 votes (100 percent)
* Secretary of Agriculture - Patty Judge, 225 votes (100 percent)
* Attorney General - Tom Miller, 247 votes (99.5 percent)
* Supervisor District 2 - Robert Jorgensen, 144 votes (52 percent); Leon Haahr, 131 votes (48 percent)
* Supervisor District 3 - Jim Gustafson, 230 votes (98 percent)
* County Treasurer - Kathy Bach, 274 votes (100 percent)
* County Recorder - Shari O'Bannon, 264 votes (99.5 percent)
* Governor - Jay Robinson, 1 vote