2018 JC Voters

Voters line up to vote at the Bellevue Community Center Tuesday afternoon.

The 2018 general election in Jackson County saw strong voter turnout with the two open seats for Jackson County Supervisor retained by the incumbents.

In the District 2 Supervisor race, Jack Willey, a Republican, received 4,876 votes, while independent challenger Samantha Clasen-McLaughlin received 3,244 votes.

In the four-way race for District 3 Supervisor, Democrat incumbent Larry McDevitt came out on top with 3,139 votes to be re-elected. He was followed by Republican Jeff Holtz with 2,186 votes; Independent Jess Herrig with 2,169 and Allen Till with 986.

Democrat Arlene Schauf won the race for County Recorder, defeating Republican candidate Jackie Leitzen 4,907 to 3,320.

In the race for Jackson County Treasurer, Republican Beth Gerlach defeated Democrat Arlene Lyon 5,363 to 3,099.

McKean re-elected to District 58 post

Republican incumbent Andy McKean will continue to represent Jackson, Jones and Dubuque counties at the Iowa Statehouse. The Anamosa candidate soundly defeated Democratic challenger Joe Oclon to retain control of the District 58 State Representative seat in Tuesday’s general election.

Here in Jackson County, McKean garnered 5,752 votes (69 percent) to Oclon’s 2,567 (31 percent). District-wide, McKean received virtually the same percentage (69 to 31 percent), receiving 8,989 voted to Oclon’s 3,997.

“Serving the good people of Jackson, Jones, and Dubuque Counties has been a wonderful experience and the strong vote of confidence I received in every precinct in the election means a lot to me,” said McKean. “ Thank you for giving me the opportunity to continue to represent the most beautiful district in Iowa.”

McKean has over 25 years of public service under his belt in both the Iowa House and Iowa Senate. He served in the Iowa House from 1979-1993, and in the Iowa Senate from 1993-2003, where he was President Pro Tem and chair of the Judiciary Committee. In addition, McKean served as a Jones County Supervisor for eight years and was one of the initial members of the Iowa Public Information Board.

McKean practiced law in Anamosa for 35 years before retiring in 2015. He and his wife Connie live on 35 acres on the edge of Anamosa where they raised our four children.McKean said that working with both parties at the Statehouse is important, as is prioritizing the needs of the people his district.

“I do more than just talk about the need for bipartisanship. I have established a reputation for reaching across the aisle, working with both parties to develop legislation, and putting my district before party when making decisions on the critical issues facing Iowa,” said McKean.

Oclon could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Finkenauer Defeats Blum for District 1 U.S. House Seat

It was a mixed bag of political results for Iowa in Tuesday’s midterm elections, as Kim Reynolds was officially elected Iowa Governor; while incumbent Republican Rod Blum of Dubuque lost to Democratic challenger Abbey Finkenauer of Dubuque for the District 1 seat in the United States House of Representatives.

Reynolds, a former Lt. Governor who was appointed as Iowa Governor two years ago after the retirement of former Governor Terry Branstad, won statewide by 50 percent to 47 percent margin. She received 662,623 votes statewide, while Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell garnered 623,099 votes.

Here in Jackson County, Reynolds won by a wider margin, 55 to 42 percent. Of the 8,568 eligible voters who cast ballots in the county, 4,739 voted for Reynolds, while 3,566 voted for Hubbell.

In the District 1 race for congress, Blum actually won in Jackson County. He received 4,476 votes; while Finkenauer garnered 3,786 locally. Libertarian candidate Troy Hageman received 227 votes in Jackson County.

Iowa’s 1st District spans 20 eastern Iowa counties, including Dubuque, Jackson, Clayton and Delaware.

In other races for state offices, Republican Paul Pate defeated Democrat Deidre DeJear for Secretary of State.

Mary Mosiman, a Republican, was defeated by Democratic challenger Rob Sand; while Democratic incumbent Mike Fitzgerald defeated Republican challenger Jeremy Davis.

Republican Mike Naig will be the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. He defeated Democratic candidate Tim Gannon, as well as Libertarian candidate Rick Stewert.

Finally, Democratic incumbent Tom Miller defeated Libertarian candidate Marco Battaglia to remain Iowa Attorney General.