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June 6, 2018 County office holders re-elected in unopposed primary contests
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The primary election is over, and for Washington County office holders, the outcome of the November races has been decided.

Candidates for county offices – all Republicans – ran unopposed. There were no contenders on the Democratic ballot.

That means, barring an unforeseen event, the following incumbents were re-elected to another term:

• Board of Supervisors District 3: Abe Miller

• Board of Supervisors District 5: Richard Young

• County treasurer: Jeffrey Garrett

• County recorder: Jo Ellen Greiner

• County attorney: John Gish

Some of the statewide races were more competitive.

In the Democratic race for governor, Fred Hubbell will be on the November ballot after capturing 56 percent of the vote statewide with 98,013 votes. In Washington County, he received 492 votes or 58 percent of the total. He will face incumbent Kim Reynolds.

In the Republican race for the secretary of agriculture nomination, Mike Naig received just under the 35 percent of the vote he needed to win the nomination outright. If the totals hold, the nominee will be decided at a state party convention. Dan Zumbach received 21 percent of the vote.

In Washington County, Republican voters gave Naig 221 votes (38 percent), Craig Lang 138 votes (24 percent) and Zumbach 94 votes (16 percent).

For the statehouse seats representing north Washington and south Johnson counties, the following matchups will be on the November ballot:

• Senate District 39: Republican Heather Hora and Democrat Kevin Kinney.

• Senate District 43: Republican Patrick Joseph Wronkiewicz and Joe Bolkcom.

• House District 77: Democrat Amy Nielsen is unopposed at this time.

• House District 78: Republican Jarad Klein and Democrat Kimberly K. Davis.

Turnout in Washington County was low, as it usually is for primary elections. Of 14,916 registered voters, only 1,573 cast ballots, an 11 percent turnout. There were 854 Democratic ballots cast and 705 Republican ballots. Fourteen voters cast Libertarian ballots in the county.

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