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Incumbent supervisors, Amundson take primary

Primary winners in Humboldt County included from left: District 1 Supervisor Harlan Hansen, District 2 Supervisor Carl Mattes, District 3 Supervisor Rick Pedersen, County Recorder Diane Amundson (Rep.), U.S. Senate Joni Ernst (Rep.) and Bruce Braley (Dem.).

Incumbents secured wins for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors seats on Tuesday, while Diane Amundson outflanked a strong field of Republican challengers for the right to run for Humboldt County Recorder this fall.
Countywide, of the 6,921 registered voters, 1,256 or 18.14 percent cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary.
All of the contested races came on the Republican side, with a battle for two of three supervisor districts, a six-person battle for county recorder and a five-person race for U.S. Senator.
For Supervisor District 1, incumbent Harlan Hansen topped the three-person field with 107 votes, compared to 80 votes for Brian Ernst and 45 votes for Dean Potratz, the two challengers.
For Supervisor District 3, incumbent Rick Pedersen topped challenger Kevin Clabaugh 134-76.
District 2 Supervisor Carl Mattes ran unopposed and received 206 of the 212 votes cast.
No Democrats sought the office of county supervisor.
Amundson marched to a clear-cut victory in the Republican county recorder race. The seat is being vacated by Linda Fort, who is retiring after 19 years as recorder and 40 years working in the recorder’s office.
Amundson collected 585 votes, or 52.5 percent. She was followed by Melissa Vaudt with 194, Katherine “Kathy” Erickson with 154, Kathy Christianson with 151, Heather Wilson with 20 and Terri Bryant Stufflebean with eight.
Humboldt County Treasurer Jana Bratland and Humboldt County Attorney Jon Beaty both ran unopposed and were selected in the primary.
In the U.S. Senate Race, Red Oak State Senator Joni Ernst polled nearly identical numbers as she did statewide in winning the Republican Primary. She collected 605 votes in Humboldt County, almost 56 percent of the votes cast. Ernst collected 56.2 percent statewide with 88,692 votes. Sam Clovis with 193 votes, Mark Jacobs 191, Matt Whitaker 74 and Scott Schaben 14, were the other Republican totals in Humboldt County.
U.S. Rep. Steve King ran unopposed and received 907 votes.
In a bit of a surprise, Republican challenger for Governor, Tom Hoefling, took 21 percent of the vote in Humboldt County over incumbent Terry Branstad. Branstad won with 841 votes to 228 for Hoefling. Statewide, Branstad received 83 percent of the vote to nearly 17 percent of Hoefling.
State Rep. District 10 candidate Mike Sexton and State Sen. District 5 candidate Tim Kraayenbrink were both unopposed and were selected by Humboldt County primary voters.
There were no contested races on the Democratic ballot in Humboldt County. Lone county candidate, Glenda Colwell, for Humboldt County Recorder, ran unopposed and received 82 of the 97 ballots cast, with 15 write-ins.
Bruce Braley for U.S. Senate, Jim Mowrer for U.S. Rep. District 4, Daryl Beall for State Senate District 5 and Jack Hatch for governor were all selected by the local Democrats.
For more official vote totals, read the June 12 edition of The Humboldt Independent, or subscribe by clicking on the above link.