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Miller Concedes House Race

By Staff | Nov 16, 2010

After official canvasses in all three counties cut the margin to 32 votes, Republican candidate Lannie Miller of West Bend has conceded the Iowa House District Seven race to Democratic opponent John Wittneben of Estherville. Miller had the right to request a formal recount but decided not to exercise that option last Friday, the last date he could do so.

“Nope, I’m not gonna request a recount”, Miller said on Friday. “The voting machines are pretty accurate. The difference was only 32 votes and you’d have to pretty much double that to make a difference. I just don’t think we’d get enough to make it add up.”

After canvasses conducted by the Palo Alto, Kossuth and Emmet County Boards of Supervisors earlier in the week, the original election night margin of 38 votes had decreased by six ballots, but the final totals still showed Wittneben receiving 5,140 votes to Miller’s 5,108 votes.

“It’s time I let the rest of the world take care of this,” said Miller. “My only regret is that I didn’t make it.”

Miller, who is 73, said he had tried for state office this one time, and would not do so in the future. Currently, Miller is completing his last year of a term on the West Bend-Mallard Community School Board, and has indicated he will not seek another term. In two stints on the board, Miller has served the West Bend-Mallard district some 18 years.

The final 32-vote spread was within the one percent guideline in the Code of Iowa that would allow a candidate to request a recount without having to post a $150 cash bond. Officials of the Iowa Republican Party had indicated they would consider a recount earlier last week, but later said they would respect Miller’s decision not to request the recount.

In the Nov. 2 election, Miller, easily won the vote in Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties, but Wittneben earned enough of a victory in Emmet County to offset the other results to claim the narrow victory. The two candidates were competing for the seat vacated by the retirement of State Representative Marcie Frevert of Emmetsburg. House District Seven includes Palo Alto, Emmet and the northern half of Kossuth County.

Even though he has given up on serving in the statehouse, the former Palo Alto County Supervisor is hopeful that lawmakers might carry through with some of the issues he identified during his campaign for the Iowa House, including the idea of term limits, a public financing plan for all political campaigns, a shortening of the state legislative session to 60 days and a restriction against any laws passed after 8 p.m. at night.

“Nothing good ever happens after dark,” Miller said with a chuckle. “That includes laws made in late-night sessions. But, I want to thank everyone who supported me and offered their encouragement. It means a lot to me an my family.

Miller Concedes House Race

By Staff | Nov 16, 2010

After official canvasses in all three counties cut the margin to 32 votes, Republican candidate Lannie Miller of West Bend has conceded the Iowa House District Seven race to Democratic opponent John Wittneben of Estherville. Miller had the right to request a formal recount but decided not to exercise that option last Friday, the last date he could do so.

“Nope, I’m not gonna request a recount”, Miller said on Friday. “The voting machines are pretty accurate. The difference was only 32 votes and you’d have to pretty much double that to make a difference. I just don’t think we’d get enough to make it add up.”

After canvasses conducted by the Palo Alto, Kossuth and Emmet County Boards of Supervisors earlier in the week, the original election night margin of 38 votes had decreased by six ballots, but the final totals still showed Wittneben receiving 5,140 votes to Miller’s 5,108 votes.

“It’s time I let the rest of the world take care of this,” said Miller. “My only regret is that I didn’t make it.”

Miller, who is 73, said he had tried for state office this one time, and would not do so in the future. Currently, Miller is completing his last year of a term on the West Bend-Mallard Community School Board, and has indicated he will not seek another term. In two stints on the board, Miller has served the West Bend-Mallard district some 18 years.

The final 32-vote spread was within the one percent guideline in the Code of Iowa that would allow a candidate to request a recount without having to post a $150 cash bond. Officials of the Iowa Republican Party had indicated they would consider a recount earlier last week, but later said they would respect Miller’s decision not to request the recount.

In the Nov. 2 election, Miller, easily won the vote in Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties, but Wittneben earned enough of a victory in Emmet County to offset the other results to claim the narrow victory. The two candidates were competing for the seat vacated by the retirement of State Representative Marcie Frevert of Emmetsburg. House District Seven includes Palo Alto, Emmet and the northern half of Kossuth County.

Even though he has given up on serving in the statehouse, the former Palo Alto County Supervisor is hopeful that lawmakers might carry through with some of the issues he identified during his campaign for the Iowa House, including the idea of term limits, a public financing plan for all political campaigns, a shortening of the state legislative session to 60 days and a restriction against any laws passed after 8 p.m. at night.

“Nothing good ever happens after dark,” Miller said with a chuckle. “That includes laws made in late-night sessions. But, I want to thank everyone who supported me and offered their encouragement. It means a lot to me an my family.