Dems dominate election
Exactly 5,066 Emmet County voters spoke loudly Tuesday. While some names stay the same, there will be a few new faces in the mix.
A total of 502 voters chose to vote a straight Democrat party ticket while 324 Republicans chose the straight party method of voting.
Of the five candidates running for Emmet County Board of Supervisor, Beverly Juhl (D) received the highest tally with 3,022 votes (25.07 percent). Joining her in 2009 on the board will be Randy Beaver (R) with 2,541 votes (21.08 percent) and Alan Madden (D) with 2,451 (20.33 percent).
Also running for supervisors were Roger Anderson (D) who received 2,302 tallies (19.09 percent) and Tim Schumacher (R) garnering 1,715 votes (14.23 percent). Under the write-in heading, there were 25 votes.
In the race for county auditor, it was Micki Erickson (D) who secured the highest number of votes at 2,454 (53.04 percent). Tammy Lair (NBP) received 2,170 votes (46.90 percent). Under the write-in heading, there were three votes.
Mike Martens (D) was the highest vote-getter in the race for sheriff with 2,692 (54.14 percent). A total of 2,044 votes (41.11 percent) were cast for Gene M. Haukoos (R). Morris Dale Jorgensen (NBP) received 224 votes (4.51 percent). Under the write-in heading, there were 12 votes.
Bob Ness, running unopposed, received 3,578 votes for the position of soil and water conservation district commissioner. Under the write-in heading, 134 votes were cast.
Of the six individuals seeking a position on the county agriculture extension council, the four elected are: Amy Lowe, 2,547 (21.23 percent), David Enerson 2,369 (19.75 percent), Keith Richard, 2,230 (18.59 percent) and Ron Menendez, 1,829 (15.25 percent). Other candidates were Elaine Prust, 1,719 (14.33 percent) and Scott Park, 1,277 (10.65 percent).
Township trustee winners are as follows:
n Everett Schirm in Armstrong Grove, 81 votes. Under the write-in heading, there were three votes.
n Don West in Center, 83 votes. Under the write-in heading, there were seven votes.
n Under the write-in candidate heading for Ellsworth were 12 votes.
n Under the write-in candidate heading for Emmet were 8 votes.
n Under the write-in candidate heading for High Lake were 17 votes.
n Under the write-in candidate heading for Iowa Lake were 15 votes.
n Under the write-in candidate heading for Jack Creek Township were 11 votes.
n Kim Swanson in Lincoln, 60 votes. Under the write-in heading, there were 4 votes.
n Under the write-in candidate heading for Swan Lake were 4 votes.
Voters retained the following supreme court judges:
n Cady with 2,618 votes (76.64 percent).
n Hecht with 2,549 votes (75.86 percent).
n Appel with 2,514 votes (75.38 percent).
Voters retained the following court of appeals judges:
n Huitink with 2,505 votes (75.79 percent).
n Sackett with 2,585 (76.84 percent).
n Eisenhauer with 2,532 votes (77.10 percent).
Closer to home, the following district court judges were retained:
n Courtney, 2,539 votes (76.09 percent).
n Duffy, 2,527 votes (75.82 percent).
n Carr, 2,641 votes (77.49 percent).
Emmet County voters gave a nod to the Iowa Constitutional Amendment with 3,404 yes votes (82.40 percent) to 727 no votes (17.60 percent).
The request by the Emmet County 911 Board for a $1 hike in the monthly surcharge passed by vote of 2,676 yes votes (61.69 percent) to 1,662 no votes (38.31 percent). The increase will only be in effect for 24 months beginning January 2009.