GOP nominates Richard Young for supervisor
Republican delegates from Washington County Supervisor District 5 had two nominees to choose from for the open District 5 seat on the board of supervisors. The nominees were Randy Payne and Richard Young. The eight delegates, five from Ward 2 and three from Ward 3, voted for Young on a 5-to-3 vote Wednesday night at the Washington Public Library, during a special convention called for this purpose.
Young ‘s name will be the Republican candidate listed on the ballot for the Supervisor District 5 special election on Oct. 8.
The seat became vacant on Aug. 7, when supervisor and board chairman Ron Bennett resigned for health reasons. That same afternoon, a committee comprised of county auditor Dan Widmer, treasurer Jeff Garrett and recorder Jo Greiner decided to fill the vacancy by special election. They had the option to appoint someone to the seat, but chose a special election because the post is an elected office.
Payne was nominated by David Miller, and Young by Patricia Lipski, both of whom made brief remarks in support of their respective candidate. Both candidates then had five minutes to convince the delegates to vote for them. Following their remarks, the delegates asked the candidates several questions of the candidates before marking their ballots.
Payne and Young had the same views on a variety of issues raised, including being opposed to county zoning and supporting the board of supervisors’ decision to change the course of the sanitary sewer projects in Richmond and Rubio.
The one difference between them is that Payne was on the board of supervisors for four years and Young has not sought public office before last night.
Widmer and Jeff Johnston collected the eight ballots and stepped out of the room to tally the votes, then announced the results to the audience of about 45 people.
Iowa Sen. Sandra Greiner served as chair of the convention. She said that anyone eligible for office in District 5 could run for county supervisor by petition. The deadline for returning nomination papers is Sept. 13. The papers need to have at least 30 signatures.
With its business done, the convention adjourned.