Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:56
The only challenged race in Marion County will be for Dan Holub’s commission seat in District 2, according to election clerk Rhonda Toal.
Gary Lewis has filed for the seat as an independent candidate, but his name won’t be on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot because of his unaffiliated filing, Toal said. Lewis’ name will be on the general election ballot in November.
Holub is seeking a third four-year term as county commissioner in District 2, having served almost eight years in that position.
“There are virtually no opposed races in the county this year, and I think a single name on a ballot is shameful. Mr. Lewis obviously has some misgivings about my performance as a commissioner, but I’m sure it’s nothing personal,” Holub said. He added that he is glad voters will get a choice in who will better meet their needs and he welcomes the challenge and looks forward to debating Lewis.
“It’s a simple enough process that too often is negated by lack of contested races,” he added.
The only other contested races in the county involve committee positions.
Following the announcement May 2 that County Clerk Carol Maggard would not seek another term, Tina D. Spencer of Peabody filed for the position May 30.
Spencer, a Republican, is running unopposed, but is no stranger to the county clerk’s office, where she is currently employed as deputy county clerk, a position Maggard held for 11 years before being elected county clerk in 1996.
According to Toal, all the incumbents filed for their respective positions on or before the June 1 deadline and all with the Republican party.
They included Commissioner Randy Dallke, Peabody, filing May 21; County Attorney Susan Robson, Marion, filing March 1; County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman, Marion, filing May 30; Register of Deeds Jo A. Ottensmeier, Marion, filing May 8 and Sheriff Robert P. Craft, Marion, filing March 30.