Wanders, Parker Earn Supervisor Spots

Mahaska County Auditor employees Jodi Van Patten (on ladder) writes in votes as Veronica Johnson reads them off following the mid-term election Nov. 6. RD Keep photo.

Mahaska County saw a heavy turnout of voters as the state of Iowa set a new mark for votes in a mid-term election on Nov. 6. According to the Secretary of State’s office 1.32 million votes, approximately 61 percent of the registered voters, went to the polls Tuesday. Locally in the hotly contested county supervisor race, Steve Wanders and Steve Parker earned the two available spots.

One spot, which will be vacated on Dec. 31 by Willie Van Weelden and the other vacated by former supervisor Mark Doland were up for grabs. Former sheriff Paul De- Geest and candidate by petition Scott Van Veldhuizen were also on the ballot.

Wanders, who was appointed to Doland’s position in September, received the most votes with 4,249. Parker had 3,892, DeGeest received 3,437 and Van Veldhuizen had 2,847. More than 3,500 absentee votes were tabulated in the heaviest absentee balloting on record in the county. Parker will join Wanders on the board in January 2019.

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