Voter turnout has been good on this Election Day. The Webster City Fire Station is the home of the first precinct polling station.As of mid morning 60 people have voted so far at the fire station with the polls to remain open until 9:00 tonight.
In addition to the race for the White House and the Iowa U.S. Fourth Congressional District between Republican Steve King and Democrat Christie Vilsack there are some interesting local races. There are three people competing for the two seats on the Van Diest Medical Center board of directors.They are incumbents George Heller and Carroll Ose and challenger Myra Maxon.
Voters in the rural sections of Hamilton County are voting to renew the Hotel/Motel tax. If approved the tax would be collected from guests staying at the rural Hamilton County hotels including the Best Western Norseman Inn and Boondocks Motel in Williams and the cabins at Briggs Woods Park.The current tax rate would be at 5% and would remain the same if approved by the voters.
In the race for the Iowa House and Senate,the candidates are Democrat Shelly Stotts and Republican Jerry Behn competing for the newly created Iowa Senate District 24 seat. The district covers all of Hamiton, Boone, and Greene Counties and portions of Webster and Story Counties.
For the Iowa House District 48 seat, the contestants include Democrat Becky Perkovich and Republican Rod Bacon. The district covers all of Hamilton County plus portions of Boone, Story and Webster Counties.
For Hamilton County elected officials,they are all uncontested. The names on the ballot include Auditor Kim Schaa, Sheriff Dennis Hagenson and Supervsiors Doug Bailey and Wes Sweedler. Paul Whitmore's name appears on the ballot for Hamilton County Sheriff however he announced in early October he was withdrawing from the race.
KQWC Radio will have coverage of the election returns from the Hamilton County Courthouse beginning after 9 tonight. Our broadcast is sponsored by Webster City Federal Savings Bank.