Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A Swinging County
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., Oft, 25, 1974
Clayton Politics Evenly Divided
By Frank Nye
( LAYTON (OI MY - Of (he ll counties in the Second congressional district, Clayton is the “Swingingest” when it conics to politics Democrats and Republicans are so evenly divided here th.it either could take over the courthouse at a given election, but more than likely its county offices will be occupied by a combination of the two I rider the new election law. voters don’t have to register until 1975 in Iowa's smaller counties, but already they are lining up and the figures bear out this even-Stephen split
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(Seventeenth of 19 Articles)
Records in County Auditor Ray Zwanziger’s office at Elkader show that as of last Sept I there was a total registration of 4,230, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans by 92 (1.349 to 1,257)
The remaining 1,824 registered as “unaffiliated” with either party and that s where the swing comes in Occupants of the county offices are just the reverse of the Democratic advantage in the voter-registration figures Republicans hold five and Democrats four of the nine posts, including two of three supervisor jobs.
Ironically, one fellow who didn t benefit from this seesaw voting in the county until two years ago is Congressman John Culver, Cedar Rapids Democrat, who owns a summer home here — high on a McGregor cliff overlooking the Mississippi.
Culver lost (Jayton county in four straight elections by margins ranging from 132 votes in 1970 to 538 votes in 19H8, before winning it by L-004 votes in 1972.
Having won it on his fifth try by nearly double1 the margin of his largest loss, he is expected to hold it at the Nov 5 election in his race* with State Rep David Stanley. Muscatine Republican, for IS senator
Even the Clayton count \ Republican chairman, Charles Millham, H2. Guttenberg, gives Culver the edge here.
“lf Culver loses this county hell lose the stale was Millham s comment during a recent interview.
A retired newspaper owner
who '•till has his hand in several businesses. Millham doesn t think Culver will have an easy time — few politicians do in (Jayton He points to Stanley’s 4.828 to 4,038 victory over Harold Hughes here, in their 1988 race for C S. senator. as proof
But the fact that Culver is “home town folks” and has done a lot of favors for people in this area is in his favor. Millham said
Really On the Ball
George leonard, 42, who feeds livestock on his 1.200 -acre farm southwest of Elkader and doubles as (Jayton county Democratic chairman, thinks Culver will “do well here "
“One thing about John Culver and (C S. Sen ) Dick Clark,” said leonard in an
interview, “is that they’re really on the hall.
* They’ve got good staffs and they are always thinking how they can help their constituents. Ive called them about everything from bringing bodies back from overseas to the grain deal and they always come through.
"Several months ago there was an Elkader implement dealer who couldn't get oil. I told him to call them He got some oil.
“There was this woman in Dyersville — that isn t even in my county — who called Her father had died of a heart attack while he and her mother were on vacation in Europe.
“She wanted to know how to get tin* body back. We calk'd Culver and he made the arrangements.
"He’s done a lot of work on the new McGregor bridge and on the Guttenberg flood wall Nearly every town has a new post office and right now Culver and ( lark are trying to get money for \-rav equipment at Elkader .’’
Vs might Im1 expected, in Leonard's book Stanley’s hard-hitting attack on Culver for accepting "pressure
Past Election Results In Clayton County
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“Stanley’s definition of pressure group is anybody who gives money to Culver," he said
“Cd rather see Democratic candidates get beat, than to run down their opponents GOB Chairman Millham "ays much of Culver s vote-getting ability can be traced to the fact that “he's a good ombudsman."
"People don't think of him as a legislator, because he's made a career out of getting projects for the1 area ’
Only two years ago Culver’s Republican opponent. Ted Ellsworth, Dubuque1. was accusing the1 congressman of not getting the federal funds the Second district is entitled to.
Since (Jayton is a swing county, it doesn't stretch logic to recognize that a Republican. Gov. Robert Ray. seems a safe bet to win it in his hid for a fourth term
"Ray has built himself quite a reputation,” Millham commented. “I was his finance chairman the first year he ran
Left Deficit For Ray
“People remember that (Gov ) Hughes had a surplus uhen he went into office and left a deficit for Ray. who has built a surplus and reduced taxes at the same time.’’
Ray carried the county the first three times he ran for governor — 5.339 to 3.423 over Paul Franzen burg in 1972 and 4.997 to 3.598 in 198H. and by 25 votes, 3.177 to 3.152 over Robert Fulton in 197(1 Democratic Chairman leonard sees Ray through a different set of glasses
“ll took this state from 1848 (when it was admitted to the union) until 198K to reach a billion dollar budget. he mused, “but it took Ray only six years to get it to a billion-and a half “
( Jayton is "rurally-oriented, farming country” and that s why Leonard giv**s Rays Democratic foe4, Slat*1 Sen James Schaben, a chance to win it.
"Schaben won it in the primary and we’re working hard for him,’* leonard said Schaben won a three-man rate for the Democratic nomination last June, carrying (Jayton county 582 to 482 over Bill Gannon ( lark Rasmussen finished third with 188 votes
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Both chairmen showed apprehension when discussing the race for Culver's congressional seat, between State Senators Michael Bicorn. Dubuque Democrat, and Tom Riley. Cedar Rapids Republican
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Riley carried (Jayton county, 4.584 to 4.948. in his unsuccessful attempt to un seat Culver in 1988, and Millham predicts he ll carry it again over Blouin Nov 5 "When the small town resi dents and farmers realize Bloom s constituency isn t tho same as theirs they’ll support .Riley,’ he said
"Blouin will have HK) percent labor support and. whether we like it or not, small town and farm interests are not labor’s interests The people don’t want labor to have a free hand in passing legislation in congress ’’ Millham said Riley will have an uphill fight because of Culver’s influence here.
Asked whether labor inter ests aren’t supporting Culver as well as Blouin, Millham said "the average Clayton countian isn t going to think about it" so far as Culver is concerned since he’s bad a chance to judge Culver on performance.
leonard said simply. “Blouin has been in the county more than Riley but it s going to be a ( lose race here “
The plain fact, Leonard continued, is that "nobody is too excited about any race” in this election because so many “arc turned off on polities
Each Office Contested
“They think every politician is a crook and that s not necessarily trill The only way to get good government is for the people to get to know the candidates, to look them up and find out what their views are *’
There’s a contest for every office up for election in (Jayton county except county attorney, where Harold Pahlas. Elkader lawyer, and a Democrat, is after his old job He left it in 1973 after losing the 1972 Democratic primary election to Kevin Neylan, Elkader, who didn t run for re-election this year (Jose races are anticipated for two supervisor posts and for state representative iii both tho 17th and 18th districts
Former State Sen Adolph Elvers, Elkader, and G Wil liam Dickey. .Marquette, are the Democratic candidates tor two supevisor jobs, against kemert Klinge, Monona, an incumbent, Virgil Wessel. ( nlesburg. Republican
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The holdover supervisor. whose term doesn’t end until 1977. is a Democrat. Gerald St (‘nee. St Olaf. sa Democrats could take control of the hoard if (inly one of their candidates wins Nov 5
Third member of the present board is Charles Meyers. Guttenberg, Republican, who is retiring this year.
In the 17th house district. Roger Halvorson. Monona Republican. and Luverne Harms. Luana Democrat, are after the seat Rep John Mendenhall (R-New Albin) is leaving Both are popular and
they attend the same Lutheran church in Monona so their race is a friendly one.
(’.arms is a past county Farm Bureau president. Halvorson. an insurance man. is former Second district and Clayton county GOB chairman.
In the 18th. where Rep Harold McCormick (I) Manchester) is retiring, two school teachers are contesting Terry Dyrland. Elkader Democrat, and Howard Dunlap. Manchester Republican State Sen Dale Tieden. Elkader Republican is favored to retain his 9th district seat against Matthew Karpan.
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