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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - October 17, 1976, Burlington, Iowa I both parties have had their Day in the Sun hereby Mike Sweet the political fortunes of both major parties in Des Moines county government have come full Circle in the past 22 years. Republicans and democrats have each had their Days in the Sun. Each party has had its own stranglehold on the county a nine elected offices. A Survey of the last two decades reveals that the shift from predominantly Republican to predominantly democratic officeholders was gradual and not always balanced. In 1954, eight of nine officeholders were republicans. Today eight of nine Are democrats. On nov. 2, four republicans will Challenge As Many incumbent democrats for two supervisor posts clerk of court and sheriff. Two other offices recorder and county attorney Are held by democrats whose terms wont be up for another two years. The treasurer is a Republican also with two years remaining on his term. The incumbent democratic auditor is shift from Republican to democratic administrations started in the mid-1950�?Ts, and reached its present state of imbalance in 1970. The turning Point for democrats came in 1956. That year a democratic supervisor was elected to what had been a traditional Gap stronghold. By 1959, two of three supervisors were democrats and that margin remained until 1970, when democrats swept the three vacancies. Those three Merle Kelly Robert Gerdner and Des Hamilton still comprise the Board although Hamilton is retiring this year and Gerdner has two years remaining on his term. Kelly and fellow Democrat Bob Christensen will face Republican challengers Grover Willson and Victor Siems for the two vacancies. The auditors Post was dominated from 1954 until 1965 by republicans when a Democrat was elected. Myranell Dockendorff a Democrat assumed the office in 1967, and is unopposed for a four year term. The sheriffs office was Republican under two administrations until Merritt Quick won the democratic nomination and the election in 1962. He was Defeated by Bob Glick in 1972, who is running against Republican Charles Rodgers this fall. Three of four recorders since 1954 were republicans spanning 15 years of tenure. That changed in 1969 when Marilyn Larson won office. Only two treasurers have served since 1954. Republican Robert James succeeded Joseph Haffner in 1956. Haffner was the Lone Democrat in office at that time. The clerks office belonged to the gop for More than 20 years when George Knopp retired in 1974, his unexpired term was filled by Democrat Donald w. Smith who is challenged this year by Republican Thomas Harsch. Five of the last seven county attorneys were republicans dominating that Post until 1970, when e. Dean Metz won on the democratic ticket. Metz was succeeded by Steve Hoth. Of the 33 people who have held office since 1954, the republicans claim 17, the democrats 16. The reasons for the switch in political preferences among the constituency is subject for debate. But certain statistics simply cannot be denied when offered in explanation. This year registered democrats outnumber republicans in the county nearly two to one. Latest figures compiled in the auditors office show 9,765 demos and 5,466 republicans. But the swing vote lies with the independents All 8,947 of them. Another 239 persons claim membership in the american Independent party. More than 24,000 people have registered in a brisk voter registration drive carried on this fall by both parties. County auditor Myranell Dockendorff estimates that a record 25,000 could be registered by the deadline 5 . Saturday oct. 23. Persons May Register at the auditors office at the courthouse or at any of the county a town Halls during regular office hours. Absentee ballots May be requested until election Day but must be returned no later than 8 ., nov. 2. Persons with questions about their registration should Contact the auditors office 752-6318. Presidential foes Swap telegrams Fly Ira r. Allen United press International president Ford whistle stopped his Way through the Abe Lincoln country of downstate Illinois saturday trading telegrams with Jimmy Carter on the Issue of whose political claims Are Correct. Carter campaigning in Ohio wired Ford and asked the president As a matter of a a integrity to Stop making a misleading and erroneous statements about him and his party. Ford sent Carter a reply citing specific press reports and Public statements about alleged contradictions by the democratic candidate. Ford said a i eagerly await next fridays final presidential debate to hear Carters response. The states each candidate chose to Campaign in saturday Are among the most politically important in the nation. Both Illinois and Ohio have Long records of voting for winning presidential candidates. Illinois has gone for the Winner in each of the past 14 presidential elections. As the 1976 Campaign enters the Home stretch Illinois with its 26 electoral votes is considered Carter territory and Ohio with its 25 electoral votes is viewed As a toss up. Ford increasing his Strid ency after a Brief setup told crowds Carter is a candidate who would a say anything anywhere to get elected and who a wanders wavers waffles and wiggles. He a not the Man you want to be repeats charge the president also repeated the charge first made at his thursday night news conference that when Carter says the country is not respected abroad a a he a slandering the United Ford said Carter wants to raise taxes for the Middle class eliminate the income tax deduction for Home mortgage interest payments Cut the defense budget $15 billion and increase Federal spending by $100 billion. Each of those claims a denied by Carter a has been raised before and sometimes in similar language by gop running mate Robert Dole. Carter before leaving for Cincinnati held a news conference in Kansas City mo., where he claimed Ford was distorting his views. Carter said he had not advocated the things Ford said he did. His wire to Ford said a i am sure that after these corrections you As a Man of integrity will refrain from making these misleading and erroneous statements to the american Fords Telegram in reply began a dear Jimmy and said a your Telegram to me this morning unfortunately leaves unclear whether you Are repudiating positions that you have taken on these important issues or whether you Are persisting in denying that you took these positions in the first place. So Long As you do not acknowledge these views and publicly reverse them it must be assumed that these Are still positions which you stand instead of raising taxes for those above the median income Carter indicated his tax Reform package might actually mean tax cuts for wage earners who do not take advantage of tax loopholes. A i would guess the tax rates would be lowered throughout the entire Gamut of income a he said. A if someone earned $100,000 from salary and reports All their income on the income tax form does no to use a tax shelter then i would guess their tax rate would be substantially reduced in a tax Reform vague on details but he was vague on details not say ing which loopholes he would eliminate. He listed three he would preserve the mortgage interest deduction the deduction on real estate taxes and the charitable contributions deduction. In Cincinnati his first Stop the democratic presidential nominee had to compete for attention with the opening game of the world series which he planned to watch on television before leaving for Youngstown and Columbus. He said he would have liked to have gone to the first game of the series in Cincinnati but a the seats were sold and he would also have liked to visit the dugouts but such a trip was a too difficult for the in addition to attacking Carter at every Stop Ford stressed three Points in his own record. He said the Ford administration had restored Trust in the White House had a turned the Economy around and had ended american military participation in foreign wars. He got Good crowds in tiny Lincoln Carlinville and Alton the last Stop. But there was Only a moderate turnout in Springfield the state Capitol. The presidents voice appeared to be getting ragged near the end of the trip and he had several verbal slips once referring to a Joliet Indiana instead of Illinois another time expressing pleasure to be in a a Pontiac when he was in Lincoln and finally identifying Carter As the a former president of Georgia. Both win endorsements Carter won editorial endorsement in sunday editions of the Denver Post St. Petersburg fla., times and the Hutchinson kan., news largest newspaper in Doles Home area. Ford won the endorsement of the sunday Chattanooga news free press. The Post said Carters a freshness outweighs his experience and a represents the Best shot for the Rocky Mountain the news praised Carters a a sensitivity and advocacy of foreign policy a with a sense of the news free press said Ford a will provide leadership in a moderately conservative direction that will a generally cosmonauts fail to Dock Cut Short their Mission Moscow up a two soviet cosmonauts Cut Short their Mission after less than two Days and prepared to return to Earth saturday after failing to Dock their soyuz 23 with the orbiting salyut 5 space Laboratory. The official Tass news Agency said the planned linkup was aborted because of a fault in the approach control system. A the Crew is completing the Mission and preparing to return to Earth a Tass said in a terse announcement More than 16 hours after the mishap. The news Agency did not mention the condition of cosmonauts Vyacheslav Zudov and Valery Rozhdestvenskiy both space rookies but indicated they were continuing to work despite the missions failure. The setback was the second in the soviet space program since april 1975, when a multistage rocket carrying two cosmonauts malfunctioned and the Crew made an emergency Landing in siberian Snow drifts. The soyuz 23 Mission the third manned flight in four months began late thursday when Zudov the 34-year-old commander and flight Engineer Rozhdestvenskiy 37, blasted off from Central Asia. A Docking with the salyut 5 station was cancelled because of the off design regime of the approach control system a Tass said. 140th year no. 84 sunday october 17, 1976 52 pages five sections Price 25<r determination on their faces Prospect Hill defenders Rush in to Stop a Long bomb by a Grimes school quarterback during an inter school tangle Between fifth graders last week. With Beautiful foliage changing Hue on streets near Grimes the afternoon air Crisp enough to put color in your Cheeks and the Crunchy crackle of fallen leaves underfoot a boy s first fall thoughts Are just naturally of football. Grimes won the tilt 6 to 2. Photo by John Gram Syria orders ceasefire inter Arab rifts could be healed in Advance of the conference. Riyadh saudi Arabia up a a syrian ordered ceasefire and preliminary conciliatory moves have increased chances of a peaceful settlement of the Lebanon civil War at a six Way Arab Summit meeting saudi arabian officials said saturday. The first Summit level meeting on the 18-month-old Lebanon crisis scheduled to begin saturday was postponed until sunday in Hopes that i grab your woodies forecast if you Haven to gotten your woodies out of storage now is the time to do so. Sunday temperatures in Burlington will reach Only the mid-40�?Ts under Cloudy skies with an overnight Low near 30. The cold spell will continue monday. Saturdays Low of 29 was one degree above the record Low for the Date set in 1943. River stage Burlington 7.1, steady. Political sources said the preliminary talks were aimed at ensuring the conferences Success since so much was at stake. Success could bring the lebanese civil War to a peaceful and speedy end. Failure was bound to escalate the conflict and Deal a severe blow to already strained inter Arab relations. Government sources said Emir Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah ruler of Kuwait and saudi Crown Prince fahd met for one hour with syrian president Hafaz Assad whose troops Are locked in bitter fighting with palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon. Sabah and fahd later conferred with egyptian president Anwar Sadat who has condemned the syrian military intervention in Lebanon. The official saudi press Agency said the two mediators later would attempt to bring Sadat and Assad together. It would be the first meeting Between the two former allies since the rift Between them began in september 1975, when Egypt concluded the Sinai disengagement pact with Israel. A meeting will be arranged afterwards Between Sadat palestinian guerrilla chief Yasser Arafat and lebanese president Elias Sarkis the Agency said. A the efforts made by saudi Arabia and Kuwait have gone a Long Way toward the realization of positive results and bringing about a rapprochement of views a the Agency said. Assad in a demonstration of Good will ordered his troops in Lebanon to cease fire. Saudi arabian foreign minister Saud Al Faisal said a president Assad has responded to the Appeal of King Khaled and ordered syrian troops in Lebanon to cease fire As of yesterday Friday. A this strengthens our Hope the six Way Summit will Mark the beginning of a solution of the Lebanon crisis a Saud said. Hawk Eye plans election party you re All invited to the Hawk eyes party at 7 . Nov. 2, and no . Is required. Nov. 2, if you be had a lapse of memory is election Day. We re throwing a party so you can get election returns a local state and National a first hand. And that a not All. Tom Cain owner of Mcdonald a has agreed to Supply hamburgers and Orange drink for everyone who attends. Color television sets for monitoring All three networks will be furnished by Goodyear service store. In addition a blackboard will be set up to Post results of local and first congressional District races and stories and pictures fresh from United press International will be posted on bulletin boards. So plan to join us. Our address is 800 s. Main

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