Primary Race for County Supervisor

Rebecca Peter

The June 4 Primary in Hancock County will have a race for county supervisor. The deadline to file nomination papers was Friday, March 22.

One position on the board of supervisors is open. Candidates for the Republican nomination for supervisor are Osmund “Bud” Jermeland, Forest City, and Josh Crawford, Garner.

Current supervisor Jerry Tlach (R) has served on the board for the past 24 years and is not running for reelection.

There are no candidates for supervisor on the Democratic ballot.

Other county offices up for election for the Primary and November General Election are Hancock County Auditor, Sheriff and County Attorney.

Auditor Michelle Eisenman, Britt, and Sheriff Rob Gerdes Jr., Garner, have filed for reelection and are candidates for the  Republican nomination.

Attorney Rachel Martinez, Kanawha, is also candidate for Republican Party nomination for the office of County Attorney. Martinez was appointed to the Hancock County Attorney’s Office on March 13, 2023 to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Blake Norman as District Court Judge.

Martinez is running to fill the unexpired term, which ends in 2026.

No candidates for county office have filed for the Democratic nomination.

Iowa Senate

Dennis Guth, Klemme, is seeking re-election as State Senator for District 28. Guth’s name will appear on the Republican Party ballot.

Cynthia Oppedal Paschen of Jewell, Iowa, is a Democratic candidate for the State Senate District 28 office. Her name will appear on the Democratic ballot.

Both Guth and Paschen are unopposed in the June 4 Primary Election and will face each other in November. District 28 includes Hancock, Wright, Humboldt, Hamilton, Franklin Counties and a portion of Story County.

Iowa House

Mark I. Thompson of Clarion is running for a second term to the Iowa House of Representatives, District 56. Thompson is a Republican.

Kyle Kruse of Hardy, Iowa, is a Democratic candidate for the Iowa House, District 56 seat.

Both Thompson and Kruse are unopposed in the Primary Election and will face each other in the General Election next November. District 56 in the Iowa House includes all of Hancock and Humboldt Counties and a portion of Wright County.

U.S. House of


Incumbent Congressman Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) faces a challenger for the Republican nomination. Feenstra’s opponent for the June 4 Primary is Kevin Virgil of Sutherland.

Ryan Melton of Nevada, will be the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s District 4 Congressional seat.


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