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WACO grad nabs Republican nomination for House District 84

Joe Mitchell beats out three candidates in Tuesday’s primary election
Jun 06, 2018
Photo by: file photo Joe Mitchell

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WACO High School graduate Joe Mitchell has a shot at representing Henry County residents at the state house.

The Wayland native came up against three other candidates for the Republican nomination for the 84th District House seat, which encompasses all of Henry County and portions of Lee, Washington and Jefferson counties. The seat is currently held by Rep. Dave Heaton, who is retiring after 24 years in the position.

Mitchell, with 467 votes, narrowly beat out Republican candidate Sheila Matheney by 57 votes. Martin Amos followed with 252 votes, and Trevor Lynn was next at 104 votes.

As Mitchell switches focus to the General Election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, he says he’ll focus on small business, rural school funding and the Iowa budget.

To campaign for the primary election, Mitchell said he knocked on almost 2,000 doors with his campaign manager and walked 170 miles himself in the past two weeks.

“We’ll be doing the same thing coming up in the next few months, going out to the voters, knocking on doors and walking miles,” Mitchell said. “I’m very humbled to be the Republican nominee for our district and excited to keep meeting new faces.”

Mitchell wants to see the state pass legislation pertinent to small businesses, reducing their taxes as much as possible.

When it comes to rural school funding, he thinks the school aid formula needs to be reevaluated to ensure rural schools are receiving the same treatment in the classroom as urban schools, saying rural schools are spending thousands of more dollars on transportation costs.

Lastly, Mitchell overall wants the Iowa budget to be “in a healthy place.”

Mitchell will graduate in December from Drake University in Des Moines with a degree in Business Administration.

County officials, all running unopposed on the GOP ballot, included Supervisor Marc Lindeen, Treasurer Ana Lair and Attorney Darin Stater.

There were 1,966 votes cast in Henry County including absentee ballots. County Auditor Shelly Barber said there was no problem with absentee ballots, which required voters to bring two forms of identification for the vote to be counted. In addition to two forms of ID required for absentee voting, voters will need proof of address if the address in the system and on the identification cards are not the same. This can be a paper form, bank statement, utility bill or other proof that the voter is living at their given address. While Tuesday’s absentee ballots was a soft rollout of these requirements, it will be standard practice by Jan. 1, 2019. There were around 400 absentee votes cast Tuesday.

The last voter in Mt. Pleasant cast his ballot at 8:57 p.m., Bob Griffith said who was manning the polls all day. Polls closed at 9 p.m.

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