Primary election results

Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 10:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:57 a.m. CDT

It was a close race for the Clarke County Supervisor District 2 position on the Republican ballot for Tuesday’s primary election.

Laurence Keller came in with 94 votes, Joe Johnston had 92 and Richard McKnight had 32.

In the election, four candidates were seeking the District 2 supervisor seat and seven people were seeking the District 3 seat.

Both supervisor seats are four-year terms.

For Republican District 3 supervisor, Dan Hooper had 97 votes, Bernard Schade had 87 and Ray Negley had 57.

On the Democratic ballot, incumbent District 2 Supervisor Jack Cooley had 58 votes. Cooley has served 12 years.

For the District 3 supervisor seat, Marvin McCann had 103 votes. Osceola Mayor Fred Diehl had 77 votes. Diehl has been mayor for 14 years. Craig Stephenson had 27 votes and Karon Keefe-Dunbar had 15.

Three candidates were vying for county auditor in the primary election.

On the Republican ballot, Joyce Neal came in with 410 votes and Howard Ruter had 193.

On the Democratic ballot, First Deputy Auditor Janice M. White had 347 votes.

Current Clarke County Auditor Judy Church is retiring after 12 years and has been in the auditor’s office for 24 years.

Incumbent Clarke County Sheriff Bill Kerns, is running unopposed. On the Democratic ballot, he had 351 votes.

Kerns was appointed sheriff in 2006 to replace former Sheriff Mark Addison, who was retiring.

Kerns has been in law enforcement for 27 years.

For State Representative District 27, Rep. Joel Fry, R-Osceola, had 548 votes in the Republican primary. James Demichelis Jr. had 81 votes.

In the Republican primary for State Senator District 14, Amy Sinclair had 456 votes. Steven Everly had 91 votes and Stephanie Jones had 39.

On the Democratic primary for State Senator District 14, Dick Schrad had 180 votes and Jason Demichelis had 108.

On the Republican ballot for U.S. Representative District 2, John Archer had 306 votes and Dan Dolan had 262 votes.

Democrat Dave Loebsack had 245 votes for the same seat. Joe M. Seng had 62 votes.

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