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Martyr resigning supervisor position

Heerdt to fill interim appointment

August 4, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Jon Martyr, who was running for reelection to his seat on the Emmet County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 4 general election, will resign his position since he is moving to Dickinson County Aug. 16.

As per Iowa Code, Emmet County Treasurer Vicki Jurrens, Auditor Michele Erickson and Recorder Diane Quastad Minion appointed former supervisor Don Heerdt to fill out Martyr's term until the general election. Heerdt accepted Monday.

Erickson said Heerdt will be sworn in to fill out the rest of Martyr's current term at the Aug. 19 board meeting.

She said the supervisor candidate with the most votes in the Nov. 4 election will fill the remainder of Martyr's term from Nov. 11 through Dec. 31 before starting a new full term; however, any incumbent candidate running for reelection Nov. 4 would be precluded from filling out the rest of Martyr's term after Heerdt - that would mean incumbent Ron Smith.

Heerdt was elected to the board of supervisors about 1990 and served for 12 years. He later accepted an interim appointment to fill out the unexpired term of Randy Beaver who passed away several years ago.

Heerdt, a Democrat, said he accepted the interim appointment "for a short term to help out and do what I can."

He said he has no intention of running for supervisor at any later time.

"I definitely will not run again," said Heerdt. "I feel competent in filling out a position. I'm in retirement mode."

Heerdt said he also looks forward to working with the new county engineer.

"That would be interesting to see a new guy coming on board," Heerdt said.

Heerdt, who has retired from farming, remains on the farm, occasionally helping his with son-in-law's farming operation.

The remaining candidates running for two supervisor positions in the November election include Republican Melanie Summers Bauler and two Democrats, Smith and John Wittneben, former District 7 Representative and Estherville City Council member.

Erickson said Emmet County Republicans must hold a convention by Aug. 27 to find a ballot replacement for Martyr.



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