The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 3, 2014

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CLINTON — Clinton County Republican Chairman Dan Smicker is taking a wait-and-see approach in today's Clinton County Board of Supervisors election.

The local GOP is looking to fill its two spots today for the Supervisor's general election in November. With five candidates, and an increased push by those candidates, according to Smicker, it may not be today when the party locates its official candidates.

To be included on the ballot as a Republican, nominees must receive at least 35 percent of the vote. If only one or no one receives that threshold, the party must hold a convention in the future to determine which two candidates will represent the GOP in November.

"This is one of the most contested local primaries I've seen in the last several elections," Smicker said. "What's nice about this is at least the Republican Party is getting to know these candidates."

Of the five candidates pursuing the primary vote, current Camanche School Board member Dan Srp raised the most money during the campaign cycle with $6,335 in cash donations. He also spent the most money at $4,724.85, with campaign signs totaling $2,624.68.

Lydia Whitman raised more than $4,500 in cash contributions. She finished with $4,729, and spent $3,123.77, with most of her money also used toward campaign signs at $1,230.50.

In relation to the 2013 City Council election, current councilman Tom Determann and former councilwoman Jennifer Graf spent more than $4,000, with Determann spending slightly more than Srp at $4,749.

Other candidates who ran for city council in 2013 spent no more than $2,600.

"Candidates are getting an early advantage with information in the newspapers and campaign signs being out," Smicker said. "People know who are trying to throw their hat in the ring."

Whitman and Srp outdistanced the other candidates in the GOP primary by more than double in spending and donations. Shawn Hamerlinck raised $1,659 in cash contributions and spent $911. Kurt Olson raised $50 and Les Shields totaled $200 in cash contributions.

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