CLINTON — Dan Srp and Shawn Hamerlinck are no strangers to being public officials.
And after Tuesday’s primary win in the Clinton County Board of Supervisors race, they will have five months to prepare for another election.
Srp and Hamerlinck surpassed the threshold needed to gain the Republican nod for the two seats open on the Board of Supervisors. Srp is currently a Camanche School Board member and Hamerlinck previously served in the Iowa State Senate.
“The biggest thing on the school board... people know you pretty well because we’re working in the same community,” Srp said. “In this position (Board of Supervisors), there’s a whole lot of people I don’t know and I want them to get to know me.”
Voters voiced their approval with Srp to the tune of 1,038 votes, which generated the most within the primary. Srp dominated his hometown of Camanche, where he registered 174 votes. The other four candidates registered 120 votes combined in Camanche.
Hamerlinck finished with 813 votes, and used a strong showing in the city of DeWitt, also where he lives, with 186 votes. In Clinton, Srp notched the most votes with 351.
Hamerlinck was appreciative of the well-run race orchestrated by the other four candidates.
“We’ve got to compliment everyone for running a positive campaign,” Hamerlinck said. “Everyone spoke highly of each other and had good discussions on the issues with everyone.”
To avoid a nominating convention, candidates needed more than 614 votes to qualify to be on the November ballot. Srp, Hamerlinck and Lydia Whitman all registered more than that threshold.
For Whitman, it wasn’t enough with 650 votes. However, she’s happy to have met so many people in Clinton County.
“It was a pleasure getting to know folks of every corner of Clinton County,” Whitman said. “I look forward to working with residents through the Clinton County Extension council, and make Clinton County a great place to live.”