John Beard
John Beard

Democrat John Beard of rural Decorah is challenging Republican Dennis Karlsbroten of rural Decorah for the District 1 seat on the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors.

Beard filed his nomination papers with the Winneshiek County Auditor’s Friday afternoon. Wednesday is the deadline for candidates for county office to file nomination papers to have their name appear on the primary election ballots.

Papers are due at the Winneshiek County Auditor’s office by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The primary election is Tuesday, June 3.

The five county elected officials with terms expiring at the end of the year all have said they want to continue serving.

Supervisors Karlsbroten and Floyd Ashbacher, Treasurer Wayne Walter and County Attorney Andy Van Der Maaten have all filed their nomination papers.

Recorder Teresa Bockman, who is running with no party affiliation, has until Aug. 15 to file her nomination papers to have her name appear on the general election ballot in November.

County officials serve four-year terms, however, Karlsbroten and Ashbacher are up for re-election after completing two-years. New supervisor districts were drawn after the 2010 census, resulting in all five supervisor seats up for election in 2012. Karlsbroten and Ashbacher, who represents District 2, were elected to serve two-years in order to maintain staggered supervisor term.

For complete story, see Tuesday’s Public Opinion.