Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Last Minute Supervisor Surprise

Johnson County got a last minute filing surprise today. Diane Dunlap, a clerk in the recorder's office, is the fourth Democratic candidate for the Board of Supervisors.

Even though we've worked in the same building 11 years, I have to admit I don't know Diane well beyond the hi in the hall level. She's in my bargaining unit (but not a union member).

And a non-filing: North Liberty city council member Gerry Kuhl, who passed paperwork for supervisor at the caucuses in January, did not turn them in.

Dunlap joins the three main-chance contenders on the June 3 ballot: Mike Carberry, Lisa Green-Douglass, and incumbent Janelle Rettig. The top two go on to November to face incumbent John Etheredge, the only Republican to file for any courthouse jobs. Republicans can still recruit a second candidate and independents/third parties can file later. The deadline for everything is August 27.

The only other courthouse contest is the county attorney race between incumbent Janet Lyness and challenger John Zimmerman. Recorder Kim Painter and treasurer Tom Kriz are unopposed.

So one name is added to the ballot, and one removed: the challenge to Jaron (Ron) Varner's nomination papers in House 85 was upheld. Enough signatures were outside the district that he dropped below the 50 required. Varner, who filed against incumbent Vicki Lensing, was the only Democratic primary challenger in the state. He had already announced plans to withdraw and sent in the withdrawal paperwork, but it seems to have arrived late.

On another legal front, Jonathan Narcisse was in court suing to get on the ballot for governor against Jack Hatch. Argument seems to be: Didn't put what office you're running for on the paperwork? Racism!

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