Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A Republican County
Little Question of Allamakee Vote
Past Election Results In Allamakee County
By Frank Ny*
AI.LA MAK KF COUNTY -Allamakee county is going Republican Nov. 5.
Mark that in your notebook and remember you read it here first
How can a body be so allfired confident Allamakee is going Republican? Because Allamakee always goes Republican, that’s why.
Allamakee, Iowa’s most northeasterly county and one of its most beautiful, scenically speaking, went Republican back in 19#>4 when all save six other Iowa counties were helping bring about the Democratic landslide for Lyndon Johnson.
Moreover, Allamakee is the only county in the Second district that has reached KHI percent of the campaign quota set by state GOP headquarters.
How much more Republican can a county get?
Fact is that Allamakee has gone Republican right down the line for all offices except when it slopped over in 1964 and 1966 to elect a Democratic state representative.
Went for Democrat Harold Hughes for governor back there in 1964, too. But made up for it in 1960 by voting against him for a third term by 26 votes. Then, rubbed it in by giving David Stanley a I,* 324-vote victory over Hughes for U.S. senator in 1968
No Democrats In Courthouse
There hasn’t been a Democrat in the Allamakee county courthouse, except to pay taxes and conduct official business, since Bernard Ho-lihan of Harpers Ferry, and Fmmett Sullivan of Waukon, completed their terms as supervisor and county reporter, respectively, in 1940.
What’s more, there aren’t going to be any Democrats in county office as a result of this year’s election, to hear it from James Bristol, 33, Waukon lawyer and Allamakee county’s Republican chairman.
Lloyd Schroeder, 64, Postville insurance man and Democratic county chairman, can’t
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argue with Bristol on three county offices inasmuch as Democrats didn’t put up candidates for them.
So, County Recorder Gladys Moo and County Treasurer Elsa Hager, both Waukon Republicans, are home free in their bids for re-election.
So is John J. Bauercamper, young Waukon lawyer, making his first run for county attorney.
Hard To Get Good Candidates
But Schroeder takes issue with Bristol on the other two county officers to be elected — a pair of supervisors.
Former Waukon Mayor Joseph Deeney, Schroeder’s predecessor as county chairman, and Lloyd Meehan, Harpers Ferry farmer, are the Democratic candidates for those posts.
Republican incumbents aren’t running for re-election so Schroeder figures his party has a fair chance to w in one or both positions.
Republican candidates for supervisor are Floyd Pottratz, New Albin farmer, and Dale L. Reeder, Waukon, who works in the county engineer’s office.
“It’s hard to get good candidates when the county is so much one way (Republican),” Schroeder said in a recent interview. “But we’ve got a
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INDEPENDENCE - Dolph S. Leytze, a former resident of Independence and most recently of Cedar Rapids, has been named vice-president of the Farmers State Savings bank here.
He has worked for the last seven-and-one-half years at Merchants National bank, Cedar Rapids, as assistant cashier and as marketing of-
couple of good ones here.”
Other good ones, Schroeder said, are Congressman John Culver for U.S. senator, I .a Verne Garms for state representative in the 17th district and Matthew Karpan for state senator in the 9th district.
“If there is one good thing that has come out of Watergate it is that people are going to vote for the man, not the party,” Schroeder said, explaining that should help the Democrats in this Republican county.
Culver, who is opposing Stanley for U.S. senator, has never won Allamakee county and it doesn't look as though he ll break that record this time, short of a miracle.
But Schroeder thinks Feeney and Meehan will help Culver and Culver will help them, once the polls open.
“Culver will help”, Schroeder observed, “because he has proved he is a hardworking congressman for all of us, he’s one people can believe and if there’s one thing we need in government today it is honesty.”
Win By Good Margin
“Well, Blouin is no Culver, so I look for Riley to win by a good margin here.”
Riley beat Culver here in 1968 by 1,058 votes (3,993 to 2,-935) in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat the congressman. Ellsworth beat
Culver by 654 votes (3,533 to
2,879) here two years ago, but lost to him in the district as a whole.
Democratic Chairman Schroeder commented only
that the Blouin-Riley race
“will be close.”
So, too, he said, will be that between State Sen. James Schaben, Democrat, and Gov. Robert Ray, Republican, for governor.
“Culver will help both Blouin and Schaben,” Schroeder declared.
Bristol’s comment on the Ray-Schaben race was short and to the point.
“Ray’ll win big. ”
He sure will if he does as well as in the last three elections. Ray carried the county by 1.801 votes in 1972, by 679 in 1970, and by 2,389 the first time he ran for governor, in 1968.
One race that both chairmen are keeping an eye on is that between Garms and Republican Roger Halverson, Monona insurance man, for the 17th district seat. State Rep. John Mendenhall (R-New Albin) is leaving at the end of this term.
or any other Democrat, is going to win Allamakee county.
“Stanley will win here,” Bristol said in an interview, “but not by as much of a vote as normal because Republicans are turned off.
“People in both parties are turned off but it will hurt us the most because Allamakee county is so Republican. Republicans are disappointed in the Nixon situation “They’re not looking at the Democrats as heroes, of course”
State Sen. Tom Riley, Republican candidate for Second district congressman, “will carry here, too, but not as big as (Ted) Ellsworth did two years ago.”
Bristol hinted Riley is considered a bit too liberal by some Republicans here, but that his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Michael Blouin, is considered more so, which, in Allamakee4, comes out in Riley’s favor.
“Blouin is an unknown quantity,” Bristol expanded. “As I understand it, Riley is for retention of the right-to-work law, which should be a big help to him here, while Blouin wants to charge nonunion members a service fee.
The 17th includes all of Allamakee county and parts of adjoining counties. Garms, a
Stanley Will Win
GOP Chairman Bristol discounts the idea that Culver,
Leytze Named Farmers State Bank Executive
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Other officers elected at a recent meeting include Rudolph A. Leytze, president;
Richard E. Cone, executive vice*-president; Richard B.
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farmer, and Halvorson both live in (Jayton county.
Schroeder said Garms, a former county Farm Bureau president, has a good chance to carry Allamakee and to win the seat.
Bristol said Halvorson should win substantially in Allamakee since he came originally from Waterville in the east-central part of the county.
One reason Schroeder is encouraged about Democratic chances this year can tx* traced, he said, to the fact that “we haven’t had much trouble getting money.”
That would come as music to the (*ars of most county chairmen of either party, for money hasn’t been easy to get since Watergate.
But, it wouldn’t impress Bristol since Allamakee Republicans usually do right well by the party treasurer — as attested by meeting the state headquarters quota of about $4,(HK), which few other counties have done.
Another thing that doesn’t impress Bristol is the state Republican “Grassroots ’74” get-out-the-vote drive.
“We tried that door-to-door canvass two years ago,” Bristol said. “Never again.
“People get indignant. Our workers would ask whether they were a Republican or a Democrat, and they’d ask, ‘Don’t you know what I am ?”
Bristol has a point, it would
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appear. There isn t much use canvassing the county when it is a known fact so many of its residents are Republicans.
Another reason, in addition to a flow of money, that Schroeder is encouraged about Democratic chances Nov. 5 is because he professes to “see a change and the cause for it.
“The younger generation is loaning more our way than it used to. And, we have more plants and more labor in our county — at Postville, Lansing and Waukon.”
He let it go unsaid that labor generally votes Democratic.
Finally, Schroeder had these comments:
“I don’t believe any political party should be blamed for what its Presidents do, especially in their personal lives.
“But Watergate and Ford's pardoning of Nixon will take their toll in this election.
“Probably, it would have leveled off after Watergate but for the pardon. People are really mad about that. They say others get the book thrown at them, hut the President could get by with a pardon.
“Amnesty? Some go along with conditional amnesty. But the pardon is what bothers them. They can’t understand why the pardon came before Nixon was convicted or even tried.”
Ftr U.S. Senator Year Dem. Rep.
1972 2,872 3,398
1970 (No senator race) 1968 2,820 4,144
1966 1,696 3,506
1964 (No senator race) 1962 2,195 3,580
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Far (aigreitsmaii Dem. Rep.
(2nd dist.) (Note .lames W for congressman)
State Rep. (17th (list )
Co. Recorder Co. Treasurer Co. Attorney
(2 to Im' elected from county at law)
2,235 4.036 2,879 3,530
1,773 2,452 1,943 2,405
2,389 4,493 2,935 3,993
2,686 2,712 2,216 3,056
3,854 3,105 • 2,844 4,098
2,494 3,322 2,109 3,879
Michael Blouin Tom Riley
(I)uhuque) (Cedar Rapids)
Whitford, Volk'a, is the American party candidate
Lu Verne Garms
None None None Joseph Deeney
Roger A. Halvorson
♦Gladys I. Moe
♦Elsa Hager (Waukon)
John J. Bauercamper
Dale L. Reeder
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The race for state representative from the* 15th district, between State Rep. Donald Avenson, Oelwein Democrat, and A.W. Martin, jr., Fayette Republican, was inadvertently omitted from the table? in the story on Fayette county that appeared Oct. 21. The Gazette regrets the error.
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