In Marion County, the concept of a “primary” election takes on a little different meaning than it does in many other areas of the country. Here, “primary” could well mean “most important” in the sense that there will be more local drama in the voting booth on Aug. 2 than there will be Nov. 4.
Fortunately, we’ll have a presidential election in November to hold our attention. Perhaps.
We exaggerate the situation, but in this Republican stronghold, the election to chose the GOP candidate is the marquee event for county and state races. Registered Republicans have three “hot” races to look forward to Aug. 2. Once the primary election passes, the general election in November will offer only two contested races—both for county commission seats. Incumbent Dan Holub, a Republican, will square off against Jim Herzet, the Democratic challenger, and either GOP incumbent Randy Dallke or challenger Larry Larsen fill face Democrat Aaron Allen.
The four other county offices on the November ballot will be uncontested. Republican incumbents will stand alone. And that’s not unusual in Marion County. So perhaps voters of both parties should have reason to feel good about this primary. This is an unusually active election year. There’s political energy in the air. Soon it will be up to us voters to do our part. —DR