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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

John Deeth Blog: June Primary: The Local Angle

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Tomorrow's the deadline to file for county offices in the June primary.I've said it several times before but this is a big factor in the top of the ticket races. A lot of counties, like my own, are dominated by one party. In Johnson County the Democratic primary is the de facto general election for courthouse jobs. The last GOP county supervisor lost in 1962 and since then only two Republicans have won courthouse jobs:

- In `72 the Democrats split in the sheriff's race; an unusually strong
Republican won and kept the job till 1988.

- In 1980 an employee of the Democratic Clerk of Court filed to run against her boss as a Republican - and was immediately fired. As a result of the ensuing hubbub she knocked off her boss. But that was a fluke and she lost in 1984
(the last year that job was an elected post).

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