New Faces May Dot MC Supervisor’s Landscape

Steven Wanders, left, and Steve Parker, seen here at a forum last month, picked up primary wins for Mahaska County Supervisor according to unofficial results. 

Every vote counts. Some scoff at the adage, but in Tuesday’s state Primary Election the saying is absolutely true. In the only contested county election, Republicans Steve Parker and Steven Wanders won the two spots over the other two candidates, incumbent Willie Van Weelden and challenger Paul DeGeest.

Wanders easily won one of the two available slots with 1,170 votes. It should be noted that at press time all votes are unofficial. Van Weelden collected 1,025 votes. However, at press times only two votes separated Parker and DeGeest. On Wednesday morning Mahaska County auditor Susan Brown stated that there are four absentee ballots that could come in and one provisional ballot, any of which could change the vote totals. Absentee ballots must have been postmarked on June 4 and received by the close of business on June 11 to be valid. Currently Parker has 1,113 votes while DeGeest sits at 1,111. The top two vote receivers will be on the November ballot.

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