SIOUX CITY — The slate is now set and across Woodbury County Government, two offices are guaranteed to have contested races this year. One is for District 2 Republican Supervisor’s successor Justin Wright. The other will determine whether Democratic County Attorney PJ Jennings will retain his seat.
Three candidates filed petitions for District 2 by the state’s 5 p.m. Friday deadline to be on the June primary ballot — two Democrats and one Republican. One of the Democratic challengers, Maria Rundquist, is a community organizer while the other, Jeremy Dumkrieger, is the county Democratic party chairman. CrossPointe Church senior pastor Dan Bittinger is seeking the Republican nomination.
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Wright, who won a special election in July 2020, opted out of running for a full four-year term this year.
Two assistant county prosecutors – Jacklyn Fox and James Loomis – will be running for the Republican nomination and the right to face their boss, Jennings, in the general election in November.
Elsewhere, the competition is not as tough.
Republican County Supervisor Matthew Ung of Sioux City is currently running unopposed for re-election in District 4.
Republican Treasurer Tina Bertrand, who was nominated in April 2021 to serve the remainder of former Treasurer Mike Clayton’s term after his retirement, is unopposed in her bid for a full term this year.
State law allows local parties at special nominating conventions to nominate candidates to fill vacancies on the ballot for the November election.
Below is a breakdown of those races along with information about other elections in Siouxland.
Woodbury County Supervisor, District 2, Democratic Primary
Maria Rundquist is a retired business owner and author.
Rundquist has run for various political offices such as Mayor of Sioux City in 2019, Sioux City Council in 2017 and 2013, and Iowa Senate in 2014. She is married with four children and eight grandchildren. .
“I’m ready to make tough choices as your supervisor,” she said. “I feel a personal responsibility to our young people today and to our future generations.”
She presents herself on the platform of protecting the health of the community against the COVID-19 pandemic; protect COVID-19 recovery funds; protect infrastructure funds; prevent liquid lines in the county; keeping taxes low and developing a program for the homeless.
His challenger, Jeremy Dumkrieger, is chairman of the Woodbury County Democratic Party and an art teacher at Lawton Bronson Community School.
Dumkrieger was born in Onawa, Iowa and raised in Soldier, Iowa. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Morningside University, is married, and has two children.
He has served as chairman of the Woodbury Democratic Party since 2016 and in 2018 received the Bob Creech Award for Outstanding County Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party.
He said his goals include: ensuring Woodbury families receive quality services, “putting the screws” on the new law enforcement center, changing the process for electing Woodbury County supervisors, and maintaining the independence of the compensation commission.
“We have the ability to hit pause and restart,” Dumkrieger said. “Once elected Supervisor, I will hold weekly press conferences/video updates to be 100% transparent about the happenings of this council.”
Woodbury County Supervisor, District 2, Republican Primary
Local pastor Dan Bittinger is the only Republican running for the District 2 Board of Supervisors.
He is the senior pastor of CrossPointe Church and has lived in Sioux City for eight years with his wife and three children. He is from Wadsworth, Ohio and attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida to earn degrees in communications and pastoral ministry.
He said he runs because he enjoys serving others.
“As a good citizen, you can serve and help your local county, your government or your neighbors,” he said.
Bittinger said he wants to focus on keeping taxes low, promoting business growth and ensuring Woodbury County is a good place to live, work and raise a family.
“I will ensure that Woodbury County remains within its constitutional boundaries and authority,” he said.
Woodbury County Supervisor, District 4, Republican Primary
Matthew Ung is running for re-election as the District 4 Board of Supervisors as the sole candidate from any party.
Ung has held this position for eight years and is currently the youngest member of the board.
Ung holds an MBA from Creighton University as well as a Master of Divinity and has over 12 years of experience in healthcare administration. He is married and the father of two children.
“I don’t just make promises, I keep them,” Ung said, citing lower property taxes, improved gravel roads and guaranteed 24/7 paramedic coverage for residents. rural residents.
Woodbury County Treasurer, Republican Primary
Current Woodbury County Treasurer Tina Bertrand is seeking election to a full term as Woodbury County Treasurer.
Bertrand was selected through a Board of Supervisors interview process in April 2021 to serve the remainder of former Treasurer Mike Clayton’s term following his retirement.
Bertrand was born and raised in Northborough, Massachusetts and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She is married and has two children.
She was also a founding partner and chief financial officer of a local construction company, RJ Tide Construction.
This is the first time that Bertrand has held an elective position. She worked on the 2010 election and the 2014 re-election campaign of her brother-in-law, State Sen. Rick Bertrand, R-Sioux City. Tina Bertrand is married to Rick’s brother, Russ.
She said her goal was to provide the community with a “strong conservative candidate who can provide a female perspective to the leadership of our county.”
Woodbury County District Attorney, Democratic Primary
PJ Jennings is seeking a fifth term as Woodbury County Solicitor.
A Democrat, who lives in Sergeant Bluff, Jennings was first elected in 2006 and then won re-election bids in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Jennings leads a team of attorneys who prosecute criminal cases and provide legal expertise to county departments.
When he filed his candidacy in 2018, to win a fourth term, Jennings told the Journal, “I hope to continue the partnership that my office has developed with law enforcement in the region over the years in order to provide as safe a community as possible.”
Woodbury County District Attorney, Republican Primary
Jacklyn Fox is running for Woodbury County District Attorney.
Fox is currently an assistant attorney for Woodbury County and is running for the Republican nomination.
Fox, 36, of Sioux City, said she wants to see a county attorney’s office be more transparent with the community about decisions to settle certain cases through a plea deal rather than going to trial. She said victims of crime, especially those of violent crime, deserve justice.
“Sometimes we change (charges) rather than fight for victims’ rights,” Fox said. “I want to fight for the rights of victims.”
Fox is from Urbandale, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in social work and communications before attending law school at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, where she graduated. her graduation in 2011. She was hired as a Woodbury County Assistant. A lawyer in 2012, a job Fox says allowed her to pursue her interest in criminal justice and help care for her grandparents, Mel and Marilyn Fox, longtime residents of Sioux City, before they died. .
She is married to Todd Peterson, originally from Woodbury County, and they have three children.
Fox’s challenger on the Republican side of the slice will be fellow county attorney James Loomis.
In announcing his candidacy for the position, Woodbury County Assistant District Attorney Loomis, a Republican, said the county district attorney needs to communicate more often and effectively with law enforcement to gain officers’ trust and cooperation. .
“The county attorney needs to be more engaged, and right now that’s not happening,” said Loomis, who has worked in the county attorney’s office since graduating from law school in Illinois. University of Iowa in 2003.
Loomis said that during his 19 years in office, he prosecuted homicides, shootings, armed robberies and other violent crimes, gaining the experience necessary to take on the position of top official of the county law enforcement.
Just north, in Plymouth County, voters are unlikely to have many tough decisions to make when they head to the polls on June 7.
Until Friday afternoon, no county-level races at Plymouth had been contested. The three supervisors who have seats, John Meis of District 1, Don Kass of District 3 and Craig A. Anderson of District 4, are all running unopposed. So did County Archivist Jolynn Goodchild, County Treasurer Shelly Sitzmann and County Attorney Darin J. Raymond.
To the south, in Monona County, there is a similar lack of competition.
District 2 Supervisor Tom Brouillette and District 3 Supervisor Vincent Phillips both ran unopposed. So did County Attorney Ian McConeghey, County Treasurer Abby Riesberg and County Attorney Kelly K. Seward.
Cherokee County will see a competitive race, at least in the primary, for Supervisor of District 3. Republican incumbent Wane Miller is challenged by David L. Skou. No Democrats are running.
In heavily Republican Sioux County, there are no contested races.