State Senator Dan Zumbach was re-elected to a second term in District 48 last night. Zumbach, a Republican from Ryan, defeated Democrat Scott Peterson of Mount Vernon and Libertarian Brian Cook of Manchester. Zumbach finished with 63-percent of the vote, while Peterson had 33-percent and Cook four-percent.
Meanwhile, State Representative Lee Hein was also re-elected last night. The Monticello Republican defeated Democrat Matt Hanlon of Anamosa. He says he’s looking forward to another term.
In other legislative races around the area…
In Senate District 32, Democratic State Senator Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington lost his re-election bid to Republican Craig Johnson of Independence. Johnson finished with 60-percent of the vote.
In Senate District 28, Republican State Senator Mike Breitbach of Strawberry Point won another term last night, defeating Democrat Jan Heikes and Libertarian Troy Hageman with 58-percent of the vote.
In House District 56 in Clayton County, Democratic incumbent Patti Ruff lost to Republican Kristi Hager with 67-percent.
House District 57 was a wide-open race after Democratic State Representative Nancy Dunkel of Dyersville announced she would not run for re-election. Dunkel’s seat will be filled by Republican Shannon Lundgren of Peosta, who edged out Democrat Tom Stecher with 52-percent of the vote.
In House District 64, Democratic State Representative Bruce Bearinger defeated Republican Zach Schulz with 58-percent of the vote.
And in House District 95 in Linn County, Republican Quentin Stanerson is leaving a vacant seat, which was won last night by Coggon Republican Louis Zumbach. Zumbach received 58-percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Richard Whitehead.
Pete Buschmann of Greeley won a seat on the Delaware County Board of Supervisors in Tuesday’s election. Buschmann won the June primary by a small margin over Jim Diers of Colesburg. Diers was back on the ballot after being nominated by petition, but Buschmann won the race with 61-percent of the vote.
In other Delaware County races…
The four elected to the Delaware County Extension Council were Roger Helmrichs, Jamie Helmrichs, John Dolan and Kelly Jared.
The three elected to the Soil and Water Conservation Commissioners were Chris Eibey, Joe Hoeger and Nathan Goedken.
And Masonville voters chose to pass the Public Measure B (authorizing a change in the local one-percent sales and services tax) with 78-percent of the vote.
Poll workers say voter turnout appeared to be high across Delaware County on Tuesday.