What people at Sunday’s town meeting said about Bernie Sanders

Before Bernie Sanders spoke Sunday at the Clay County Fair and Events Center in Spencer, the Signal asked some crowd members about why they were attending the event and their general thoughts on Sanders. Here are their answers. Harrison Gabe, Milford

Harrison Gabe

“Mostly wanting to hear his perspective on a lot of things. I haven’t made up my mind yet on who I would like to caucus for and I really liked Bernie’s platform in 2016. So I’m looking forward to see what he has to say now, if his positions have changed on anything.”

Jerry Stege, Primghar

“I listen to all the candidates when they come through, so that’s kind of how I decide.”

On where Sanders sits on his list of choices:

“He’s down on the list.

Bernie Sanders speaks about his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at the Clay County Fair and Events Center in Spencer.

Bernie Sanders stumps in Spencer

Bernie Sanders is consistent. The independent senator from Vermont proved that when he visited Spencer on Sunday. He ran through a greatest hits list of his policy ideas and then took questions at a town meeting at the Clay County Fair and Events Center. Sanders, one of more than 20 people vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, stopped in Spencer as part of a four-day swing through Iowa. Spencer was the senator’s second-to-last stop of the trip, which wrapped up in Sioux City later that night.

Steve King talking with a man and a woman

Iowa 4th district Republican executive committee supports Steve King

The executive committee of Iowa’s fourth congressional district Republicans has issued a statement in support of Congressman Steve King and will pen a letter asking that he be reinstated to his committee assignments. According to a release from King’s campaign, the committee’s resolution states it “fully supports our 4th District Congressman Steve King to represent us and carry out his duly elected term” and “rejects the allegations made by the New York Times in January 2019.” In the mentioned article, King is quoted as saying the following:

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

The New York Times article continues:

“After this article was published Thursday, Mr. King issued a public statement calling himself a ‘nationalist’ and defending his support of ‘western civilization’s values,’ and said he was not an advocate for ‘white nationalism and white supremacy.’ ‘I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I reject those labels and the evil ideology they define,’ he wrote.”

Bernie Sanders campaign speech. Photo by cornstalker via Creative Commons license.

Bernie Sanders stopping in Spencer Sunday

Bernie Sanders has scheduled a stop in Spencer on Sunday, making him the first presidential hopeful to come to town for the 2020 campaign cycle. The independent senator from Vermont, seeking the Democratic nomination for president, will hold a town meeting in the Grand Ballroom at the Clay County Regional Events Center, 800 West 18th Street, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are not required for Sunday’s event. However, the public is encouraged to RSVP in advance. Visit the event Facebook page for more information.

Steve King J.D. Scholten ballot

Steve King wins close race for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

Steve King encountered his toughest opponent of his congressional career, but emerged Tuesday night with a victory and a ninth term representing Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District. King, the Republican from Kiron, defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten of Sioux City by just more than three points last night. The GOP Congressman received 50.33 percent of the vote, while Scholten tallied 46.96 percent. In his victory speech last night in Sioux City, King credited his supporters and their faith for the victory, despite a barrage of negative media coverage in the campaign’s closing weeks. “You knew the truth all along and you guarded my back,” King said.

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Election results: Federal, state and local

Here’s how Election Day panned out for federal, state and local races affecting Clay County, along with a look at how Clay County voted in each race. Note: Vote totals are unofficial, but all precincts have reported. Bolded candidates have been declared winners.  
United States Representative District 4

Read: Steve King wins close race for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

Steve King (R, incumbent) – 50.33% (157,221 votes)
J.D. Scholten (D) – 46.96% (146,698)
Charles Aldrich (Lib) – 2.02% (6,312)
Edward Peterson (I) – 0.62% (1,939)
Write-in – 0.06% (200)

How Clay County voted:

Steve King (R, incumbent) – 51.84% (3,544)
J.D. Scholten (D) – 45.53% – 3,113
Charles Aldrich (Lib) – 1.86% (127)
Edward Peterson (I) – 0.67% (46)
Write-in – 0.1% (7)


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Kim Reynolds/Adam Gregg (R, incumbent) – 50.40% (662,633 votes)
Fred Hubbell/Rita R. Hart (D) – 47.40% (623,099)
Jake Porter/Lynne Gentry (Lib.) – 1.60% (21,095)
Gary Siegwarth/Natalia Blaskovich (CWP) – 0.56% (7,349)
Write-in – 0.04% (486)

How Clay County voted: 

Kim Reynolds/Adam Gregg (R, incumbent) – 63.18% (4,355)
Fred Hubbell/Rita R. Hart (D) – 34.89% (2,405)
Jake Porter/Lynne Gentry (Lib) – 1.36% (94)
Gary Siegwarth/Natalia Blaskovich (CWP) – 0.55% (38)
Write-in – 0.01% (1)

Iowa House District 2

Read: Iowa House District 2: Megan Jones wins fourth term

Megan Jones (R, incumbent) – 66.01% (8,220)
Ryan Odor (D) – 33.88% (4,219)
Write-in – 0.11% (14)

How Clay County voted:

Megan Jones (R, incumbent) – 65.49% (4,460)
Ryan Odor (D) – 34.38% (2,341)
Write-in – 0.13% (9)

Iowa State Senate District 1

Read: Zach Whiting ready to represent District 1 in Iowa Senate

Zach Whiting (R) – 98.22% (21,167)
Write-in – 1.78% (384)

How Clay County voted:

Zach Whiting (R) – 97.72% (5,187)
Write-in – 2.28% (121)

Secretary of State

Paul D. Pate (R, incumbent) – 52.86% (680,998)
Deidre DeJear (D) – 44.74% (576,349)
Jules Ofenbakh (Lib) – 2.36% (30,372)
Write-in – 0.04% (472)

How Clay County voted:

Paul D. Pate (R, incumbent) – 66.93% (4,492)
Deidre DeJear (D) – 31.29% (2,100)
Jules Ofenbakh (Lib) – 1.77% (119)

Auditor of State

Rob Sand (D) – 50.87% (652,589)
Mary Mosiman (R, incumbent) – 46.53% (596,850)
Fred Perryman (LIB) – 2.56% (32,889)
Write-in – 0.04% (462)

How Clay County voted:

Mary Mosiman (R, incumbent) – 57.42% (3,843)
Rob Sand (D) – 40.43% (2,706)
Fred Perryman (LIB) – 2.15% (144)

Treasurer of State

Michael L. Fitzgerald (D, incumbent) – 54.75% (702,796)
Jeremy N. Davis (R) – 42.82% (549,630)
Timothy Hird – 2.40% (30,791)
Write-in – 0.04% (462)

How Clay County voted

Jeremy N. Davis (R) – 55.05% (3,672)
Michael L. Fitzgerald (D) – 42.80% (2,855)
Timothy Hird (Lib) – 2.11% (141)
Write-in – 0.03% (2)

Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Naig (R) – 50.48% (646,928)
Tim Gannon (D) – 46.48% (595,703)
Rick Stewart (Lib) – 2.99% (38,354)
Write-in – 0.05% (587)

How Clay County voted:

Mike Naig (R) – 68.72% (4,639)
Tim Gannon (D) – 29.21% (1,972)
Rick Stewart (Lib) – 2.06% (139)

Attorney General

Tom Miller (D, incumbent) – 76.50% (871,640)
Marco Battaglia (Lib) – 22.79% (259,628)
Write-in – 0.71% (8,132)

How Clay County voted:

Tom Miller (D, incumbent) – 76.44% (4,207)
Marco Battaglia (Lib) – 22.86% (1,258)
Write-in – 0.71% (39)

District 3A Judge David A. Lester

YES – 80.71% (32,188)
NO – 19.29% (7,695)

How Clay County voted:

YES – 83.38% (4,109)
NO – 16.62% (819)

District 3A Judge Nancy L. Whittenburg

YES – 79.62% (32,468)
NO – 20.38% (8,309)

How Clay County voted:

YES – 83.62% (4,744)
NO – 16.38% (929)

Board of Supervisors

Barry G. Anderson (R) – 37.00% (4,672)
Burlin H. Matthews (R) – 30.46% (3,846)
Dan Skelton (D) – 31.83% (4,019)
Write-in – 0.71% (90)

County Treasurer

LeAnn Black (R) – 98.94% (5,701)
Write-in – 1.06% (61)

County Recorder (Vote For 1)

Sheila Weeks (R) – 99.31% (5,504)
Write-in – 0.69% (38)

County Attorney

Kristi Busse (R) – 98.47% (5,353)
Write-in – 1.53% (83)

Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner

Rick G Steuben – 53.61% (4,585)
E. Leo Stephas – 46.00% (3,934)
Write-in – 0.39% (33)

Agricultural Extension Council

Renee Juza – 21.18% (4,031)
Gary Johnson – 20.25% (3,855)
Sarah Frederick – 20.27% (3,859)
Jarrett R. Smith – 18.65% (3,551)
Liz Biedenfeld – 19.39% (3,692)

J.D. Scholten speaking to people at campaign event in Spencer coffee shop

J.D. Scholten campaigns in Spencer on inclusiveness, creating opportunities

J.D. Scholten wants young people to give small towns a chance again. But before that can happen, Scholten, the Democratic candidate from Sioux City running against Republican Rep. Steve King of Kiron in Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, says something has to change. Scholten calls this change “a new rural economy.” It’s just one part of the campaign message he hopes carries him to an election win in November, but one he sees as key for towns in the district, including Spencer, that are trying to grow. “It begins with a rural infrastructure program,” Scholten said. “I worked in innovation when I was in Seattle and I don’t necessarily want to bring those companies here, but I want to bring those ideas here and the technology here.”

There’s room for smaller communities to be more entrepreneurial, Scholten said.