Mahaska Residents Set for Primary Election

When Mahaska County residents go to the polls on June 5 it will be to determine candidates for state office as only one county race is contested. Four Republicans are on the ballot for two seats. No Democratic or Libertarian party candidates are running.

The race has become more interesting with the resignation of Mark Doland effective June 5. The seats held by Willie Van Weelden and Doland are up for election. Van Weelden is seeking re-election. Voters will be asked to select two for the November ballot. Three contenders have signed on as Republican candidates. Former sheriff Paul DeGeest is on the ballot as well as Steve Parker and Steven Wanders.

Although it has not been determined how to fill Doland’s seat until January when the new board takes over, the election may have some sway on how that process plays out.

Two issues have surfaced causing contention and thus has loaded the field – the regional airport and the merging of emergency management commission and the E911 board. At a recent meeting held in Leighton candidates Parker and Wanders both were adamant about stopping the airport project and questioned the legality of the board mergers. Van Weelden in his time on the board has become more in favor of the airport construction.

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