The upcoming November 4 General Elections will feature several contested races in Palo Alto County, including the offices of Treasurer, Recorder, Attorney and three seats on the County Board of Supervisors. Additionally, several non-partisan positions will be up for election on the ballot.
Monday, Aug. 4 marks the start of the official filing period for candidates for the November General Election. The filing period will run until Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Winners of the June Primary elections will appear on the ballot, but there are two options available for citizens to be placed on the ballot. A candidate may file as an Independent, with no party affiliation, or they may be Nominated by Petition. Either of those methods must be filed with the Palo Alto County Auditor/Commissioner of Elections Office. To be placed on the ballot, a candidate must obtain the signatures of 62 eligible electors from their district, in the case of the board of supervisor vacancies, or county wide for the other elected officials positions.
For the Nov. 4 General Election, The office of County Treasurer has announced candidates Robin Jamison on the Republican ticket and Ted Riley on the Democratic ticket. The office of County Recorder has Susan Ruppert on the Republican ballot and Angela Fay on the Democratic ballot. The office of County Attorney features incumbent Republican Lyssa Henderson running against Democratic candidate Peter C. Hart.
On the Board of Supervisors, three seats are up for election. In District One, incumbent Keith Wirtz will appear on the Republican ballot. To file for District One, 14 signatures of eligible electors would be required for nomination by petition or to run Independently. In District Two, incumbent Craig Merrill is running on the Republican ballot, with Democrat Steven Farnsworth opposing him. A total of 12 signatures of eligible electors would be required for nomination by petition or to run Independently. For District Five, incumbent Linus Solberg will run on the Democratic ballot. In District Five, 14 signatures of eligible electors would be required for nomination by petition or to run Independently.
Several Township Trustees positions will be open for the November 4 General Election, Voters living in Fairfield, Independence, Silver Lake and West Bend Township will vote to fill seats on their respective trustees. Up for re-election in Fairfield Township is Trustee Howard Finnestad and Clerk Donna Besch, while in Independence Township, Trustee Todd Wegener and Clerk Randall Jacobs are up for re-election. In Silver Lake Township, Trustee Vitus Terveer and Clerk Darrell Reed are up for re-election and in West Bend Township, Trustee Thomas Gambell and Clerk Donald Banwart are up for election.
Any resident of these four townships may run for a position on the board of Trustees by simply filing an Affidavit of Candidacy with the Commissioner of Elections. No petition is needed for Township Trustee positions.
On the County Hospital Board of Trustees, two seats are up for election in November, with Mary Cooper and Kris Ausborn currently holding those seats. To run for Hospital Trustee, a resident of the county must file an Affidavit of Candidacy and submit a nomination petition for Non-Partisan office, containing 50 signatures of eligible electors in the county.
A pair of seats on the Soil and Water Conservation District will also appear on the General Election ballot. Currently holding those positions are Michael Kollasch and Kenneth Ebeling. To run for the Soil and Water Conservation District, a resident of the county must file an Affidavit of Candidacy and submit a nomination petition for Non-Partisan office, containing 25 signatures of eligible electors in the county.
Also appearing on the General Election ballot will be five positions on the County Agricultural Extension Council. Currently, the seats are held by Paul Molitor, Chris Reding, Glen Smith, Craig Merrill and Merrylea Clasing. To run for a seat on the Agricultural Extension Council, a resident of the county must file an Affidavit of Candidacy and submit a nomination petition for Non-Partisan office, containing 25 signatures of eligible electors in the county.
All nomination petitions and filings must be completed by the close of business on Wednesday, August 27 at the Palo Alto County Auditor/Commissioner of Elections Office in the Palo Alto County Courthouse. For more information or questions on the election filing process, contact the Palo Alto County Auditor's Office at 712-852-2924.