General Election is almost here

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Todd Thorson (including some commentary)

At this time next week, the barrage of political ads and the “left and right” jabs by various candidates will have subsided (hopefully), as the 2014 General Election will be in the books following the tabulation of votes from Tuesday’s November 4 election turnout. This year’s election has primarily seen the publicity concentrating on the race for retiring Tom Harkin’s U.S. Senate seat between Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst. The race has been a heated one and very high profile, both statewide and nationwide. Between the two candidates they have combined to spend in upwards of $14 million in advertising on this campaign; nearly $7 million a piece. The ads, as most of the political spots are these days, have been negative and controversial, each side taking “pot shots” at one another for their supposedly “inferior” government policies and qualities. To be honest, this causes confusion and frustration on the part of the voter, as to who to really vote for in the first place.

(On a personal note: Do you suppose some day we could just get back to presenting the positive qualities about each of the candidates, and perhaps state what each candidate PLANS TO DO if elected, rather than state what their opponent is NOT going to do? It might make voting more rewarding, and more meaningful, instead of turning voters off entirely, which, in turn, might make them not vote at all! And the candidates surely wouldn’t want that to happen would they?)

Also on the ballot is the U.S. House District 4 seat between incumbent Steve King (R) and his challenger Jim Mowrer (D). King is currently the front runner, and is expected to gain re-election. Following the previous general election Iowa lost one of its five U.S. House seats due to redistricting, and now has only four districts of the state represented in the U.S. Houose of Representatives.

Governor Terry Branstad (R) is also seeking re-election, along with his running mate, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Democrats Jack Hatch and Monica Vernon are opposing the long-tenured governor, and currently trail by double digits in the latest polls.

Of utmost importance for Story City residents is the $2.65 million bond issue for a new swimming pool, which can be found on the back of the ballot sheet; the last item listed following the Judicial section. Don’t forget to look for this important measure concerning the Story City swimming pool’s future. The current pool has reached the end of its useful life and a replacement is definitely needed. Vote “yes” for the swimming pool measure and help improve our community’s Parks and Rec facilities, and the wonderful amenities Story City has to offer.

The ballot also has various state races included this time around as well, including Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Secretary of Agriculture, Attorney General, District 23 and 25 State Senator and District 45, 46, 48 and 49 State Representatives, the latter two Senator and Representative groups of which apply to various areas of Story County.

County races included in this year’s election are the Story County Board of Supervisors, with four candidates running for two spots; County Treasurer, where incumbent Renee Twedt is running unopposed; and the County Recorder and County Attorney two-way races.

Polling places for Story City and Roland are as follows: Howard Township/Roland, Roland Community Center, 208 N. Main; Lafayette Township, E-Free Church, 524 River Hills Drive, Story City; and Story City, Bertha Bartlett Public Library, 503 Broad St. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. so pick a time that is convenient for you and get out and vote!