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The most important primary races, at least as far as south Johnson County was concerned, were the runs for governor, secretary of state and county supervisor on the Democratic side, and on the Republican side secretary of agriculture.
Des Moines businessman and philanthropist Fred Hubbell easily won and is now the Democratic candidate for governor against Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds.
Less expected was Pat Heiden’s victory ousting incumbent Mike Carberry for county Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Janelle Rettig led in first in the field of three for two seats.
In Lone Tree, Carberry was the second top vote-getter. Rettig had 71 votes, Carberry 68 and Heiden 59.
Overall in the county, Rettig collected 10,822 votes, Heiden 9,116 and Carberry 6,927.
No one ran for the county Board of Supervisors on the Republican side.
When contacted Heiden said the win was “pretty exciting.” Her immediate focus now is the general election in November. And she will continue attending meetings of the board, continue “traveling around the county, listening and learning about various issues and concerns.”
Among the issues and concerns she listed affordable housing, transportation and the Johnson County Comprehensive Plan.
Now that the plan has been approved, the “real work begins.” She feels that implementing the plan will be a challenge. She will be meeting with county department heads and the current Board of Supervisors to “move forward together.”
Mike Carberry’s statement when contacted was more succinct.
He responded in an email that “I have seven months until I leave office. I will continue to address the multiple needs of the county and its citizens until the day I am no longer a supervisor.”
He added, “I have just begun to think about my future in 2019 and beyond.”
Janelle Rettig could not be reached for comment. She was on vacation last week.