Early/absentee voting open for June 5 primary

Early voting opened May 7 for the June 5 primary election. Voters must register as a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian to vote in the primary. Each party will have a separate ballot.

In the Republican primary Cyndi Hanson is challenging incumbent Congressman Steve King for the Fourth Congressional district seat.

Five Republican candidates are on the ballot for state secretary of agriculture. Mike Naig was appointed when Jim Northey became under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural service in the US Department of Agriculture. Naig, Ray Gasser, Chad Ingels, Craig Lang and Dan Zumbach are on the primary ballot.

Three Republicans are vying to run for the Iowa House District 47 seat that has been held by Chip Baltimore – Donald J. Batt, Victoria Sinclair, and Phil Thompson. Baltimore, a Republican, is not running for re-election.

Other races are not contested in the Republican primary: incumbents Gov Kim Reynolds, secretary of state Paul D. Pate, auditor of state Mary Mosiman, and Greene County supervisors Dawn Rudolph and Tom Contner for Districts 2 and 3 respectively; and county treasurer candidate Katlynn Gannon-Mechaelsen.

Democrats will select one of three primary candidates to run in the November general election for the Fourth Congressional district seat. Leann Jacobsen, John Paschen and J.D. Scholten are on the ballot.

There are six Democrats on the primary ballot for governor: Nate Boulton, Cathy Glasson, Fred Hubbell, Andrea Andy McGuire, John Norris and Ross Wilburn. On the primary ballot for secretary of state are Deidre DeJear and Jim Mowrer. Rob Sand is running for auditor of state, incumbent treasurer of state Michael L. Fitzgerald is seeking re-election, Tim Gannon is running for secretary of agriculture, and incumbent attorney general Tom Miller is seeking re-election.

David Weaver is the only Democrat on the ballot for Iowa House District 47. Incumbent county treasurer and incumbent county recorder Marcia Tasler are unopposed in the primary. No name is listed on the ballot for the two county supervisor positions up for election.

A pair of candidates for governor are on the Libertarian primary ballot: Marco Battaglia and Jake Porter. Charles Aldrich is running for the Fourth Congressional district seat. Patrick Shaw is running for the Iowa House District 47 seat. Greene County assistant county attorney Thomas Laehn is on the Libertarian ballot for county attorney.

Early/absentee voting can be done in the county auditor’s office through close of business Monday, June 4. Voters will be asked to provide identification to receive a ballot. Ballot requests can also be requested by mail.

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