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Election wrap By John Speer Central Iowa Press

November 8, 2018
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Fisher Benson Tama 4,100 3,039 Marshall 2,756 1,638 Black Hawk 808 509 Total 7,664 5,186 Heeren Marquess Total 3,846 3,232

In unofficial returns for contested races in Tama County State Rep. Dean Fisher (R-rural Montour) and County Attorney Brent Heernen (R-Toledo) were reelected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The Incumbent Courthouse office holders Treasurer Michelle Yuska (R-Toledo), Recorder Deborah Kupka (R-rural Clutier) and 1 m,st District Supervisor Larry Vest (R-rural Traer) all won reelection to four-year terms unopposed. Fisher won a fourth two -year term in the Iowa Legislature representing all of Tama County, primarily the southern and western portions of Marshall County and a portion of southeastern Black Hawk County including LaPorte City. Fisher won with 59.8 percent to 40.2 percent of the vote in the three county areas over challenger Mindy Benson (D-Tama) in something of a low-key race for the seat. “I’m honored to once again be chosen by the folks in this district to represent them in the Iowa House. I will continue to work hard to keep Iowa moving forward. Values are the critical factor in any elected office, and I believe this win shows that my values strongly reflect the values of my district,” Fisher told The News-Herald late Tuesday night after the results were known. Meanwhile, Heeren faced a strong challenge from a former Assistant Tama County Attorney, Mike Marquess (D-rural Garwin.) Heeren was reelected to a 10th four-year term on a margin of 54.3 percent to 45.6. “I am humbled and honored to continue to serve the citizens of Tama County as County Attorney, “ Heeren said in a statement to The News-Herald on Wednesday morning. In a social media post on Facebook, Marquess wrote, “Friends, it was a close one, but unfortunately I didn’t win the election for Tama County Attorney. I greatly appreciate all of your support throughout the process. It has been a tremendous learning experience. Thanks so much!” Hearing on Marquess Voter Registration Held A hearing before Tama County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Laura Kopsa proceeded on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7. The matter concerned a challenge of Marquess’s voter registration validity in Tama County. Michael Bandy had filed the objection prior to the Nov. 6 vote. Bandy is also assistant Tama County Attorney. In testimony Wednesday Bandy charged Marquess and his wife, District Court Judge Bethany Currie maintained their primary residence in Marshalltown. He said Judge Currie is required to live within District 2B. He also maintained the home the couple purchased ta Union Grove Lake, with a rural Garwin address, was 600 ft. in size, had one bedroom and one bath. he questioned whether this was suitable for a family of two adults and two children as a primary residence. Marquess testified his wife and he had discussed the arrangement of each having a different primary residence. He admitted, “it may be unorthodox, at least to some,” but said they had come to terms with it. Marquess said he initially spent to three nights a week at the lake home but as the campaign wore on combined with duties as city attorney for Toledo and Gladbrook he stayed at the home even more. He offered evidence he had changed his vehicle registration and driver’s license reflecting the rural Garwin address. In addition he said his personal mail was addressed there citing in particular a video game magazine he had subscribed to since age 14 was sent to him at rural Garwin. Marquess pointed to the Nov. 2 issue of the News-Herald which reports on the then upcoming election with him having a rural Garwin address and a Letter to the editor from fellow Union Grove Lake residents testifying to his residency there. The News-Herald press deadline for the week fell before a decision on the issue was announced. Federal, State Races Tama County voters joined with the state-wide choice electing Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg to a four-year term, Mike Naig to the Secretary of Agriculture post and returning Secretary of state Paul Pate to office. Voters in Tama County also favored for 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum (R-Dubuque) who lost his seat to challenger Abby Finkenauer (D-Dubuque). They followed state-wide results in majority votes for Democrat Rob Sand who unseated State Auditor Mary Mosimann, Treasurer michael Fitzgerald and Attorney General Tom Miller.

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