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The 2018 primaries are in the books. We blew through every record for turnout. The old Democratic record was from 2006; the overall record was the 1994 Grandy run at Branstad.
Tuesday surpassed both with a record 18,664 Johnson County voters going to the polls.
On the GOP side, there was only one contested race, but it was a big one. The competition for the Republican nomination for secretary of agriculture had some real heavy hitters.
When the dust cleared, acting Secretary Mike Naig won handily in a five-way race. Thing is, Naig fell short of the required 35 percent threshold. This means Iowa Republicans will select their ag secretary nominee at their state convention. The winner takes on Tim Gannon, who ran unopposed.
At the top of the Democratic ticket, Fred Hubbell coasted to a win in the gubernatorial primary.
And a cool thing happened. Deidra Dejear becomes the first African-American to get a statewide nomination in Iowa. She will take on Secretary of State Paul Pate in the fall.
In the county supervisor race, incumbents Janelle Rettig and Mike Carberry had different results. Rettig led the pack with 10,822 votes. Second-time candidate Pat Heiden finished second with 9,116. They become the two Democratic nominees.
That leaves Carberry out after finishing third with 6,927 votes. Carberry will continue to serve until Jan. 1, 2019, at which time the November general election winners will be seated.
Incumbent supervisors lose on occasion. Don Sehr, Mike Lehman and John Etheridge come to mind. Carberry has been an important progressive voice on this board. He has helped us to do some very good things. I appreciate his service.
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Many business owners are serving an important role as employers. The jobs they provide allow other people to earn money and serve as full members of the community.
I am always a bit surprised that so many of these good business owners sit back while other business owners cost them money.
Business owners who pay good wages are forced to subsidize these businesses, every single year, day after day. Is this fair?
I like to use the “makers and takers” language popularized by Paul Ryan and used by the GOP. When you pay employees a living wage, you are a maker. When you pay less, you are requiring all the rest of the taxpayers to subsidize your business. You are a taker. Your business model requires governmental subsidies.