"I I appreciate everyone's support and their vote in the election," said Jim Gustafson. "I'll continue to try to do the best for the taxpayers and I'm looking forward to another four years."
The Democrat incumbent received 3,144 votes or 54 percent, compared to Republican challenger Jim Osegaro's 2,628 or 45 percent.
This will be Gustafson's sixth term on the board, and he expects challenges will continue to be costs associated with law enforcement and mental health.
"Hopefully the state won't be making any more cutbacks on us next year," he said. "We've taken our hits."
Gustafson farms in Washington Township.
The lake project will also get going, as an agreement gains approval by local government.
"We've worked together, and we got the plane off the ground," he said. "Now we need some fuel from other levels of government and private donations."
Republican James Osegaro is proud of his campaign. This was his first time running for public office.
"I ran a very positive campaign and I think I brought some issues up that haven't been thought about," he said.
One theme of his campaign was for the county to start promoting itself and its positives, he feels.
"Storm Lake and Buena Vista County have been sort of quiet the last few years, I think it's time to pick up the pace a little bit," he said.
Osegaro, Storm Lake, also thanked everyone who supported his campaign and those who donated to it.
While he lost, Osegaro feels the numbers show there's a number of people interested in a change.
"That number of votes is a clear message that a lot of residents would like to see a change," he said.
It's too soon for him to decide if he'll run for office again, though it has been a good experience.
"It's interesting when you run for office, people vote for you you barely know," he said. "It also reminds you if you win the election you really have to represent all the people, even some that you barely know."
Gustafson appreciates the challenge he got from Osegaro.
"I think James Osegaro worked hard," he said. "He was a good opponent and he was out there working."