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Republicans sweep county commissioner race

Published 10:29pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gage high vote getter

The Polk County Board of Commissioners has a new majority.

Republicans swept the three open seats during Tuesday’s election with Michael Gage taking the top spot, according to unofficial election results.

Gage, incumbent Tom Pack and Keith Holbert won over democratic challengers Emily Bartlett, incumbent Renée McDermott and Russell Mierop.

This is the first election in many years that republicans swept all vacant positions on the board of commissioners. During the 2008 election, democrats swept the three open positions. During the 2010 election, the county selected two republicans, Pack and Ted Owens and one democrat, Ray Gasperson.

Gage was top vote getter Tuesday with 5,545 votes followed by Pack with 5,442 votes and Holbert with 5,376 votes.

Bartlett received the most votes for the democrats with 4,550 followed by McDermott with 4,391 and Mierop with 4,139.

Holbert won the race over any democrats by an 826-vote margin over Bartlett.

Gage and Pack won four-year terms and Holbert will serve a two-year term.

Gage previously served one term as a Columbus Town Council member but this was his first bid in a county election.

Gage said he is excited about winning and especially about being the highest vote getter.

“I want to thank the citizens for making the right choice to guide Polk County through the next four years,” said Gage.

Pack will be serving his second consecutive term but previously served another four-year term several years ago.

“I just thank everybody for voting and look forward to serving the citizens again,” said Pack. “And it’s my honor to serve. I will always listen to what the people want.”

Holbert, a political newcomer also said he will work to serve everyone in the county.

“I want to thank everybody for all their support,” Holbert said. “I will do my best to serve everybody in the county.”

The commissioner elects will join commissioners Owens (R) and current chairman Ray Gasperson (D).

Official results will not be known until Nov. 16 when the Polk County Board of Elections does its final canvassing of votes.

Commissioners are sworn into office during the county’s first meeting in December.

  • herschell

    TAKE YOUR SIGNS DOWN ALL OVER THE COUNTY OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE RESIDENCE OF THE COUNTY. THE ELECTION IS OVER IN CASE YOU DONT KNOW THAT ! ALL REPUBLICAN SIGNS WERE DOWN 3 DAYS AGO !

    • comdytrd

      I find your comment regarding the political signage interesting. It just the opposite where I live, as the conservative banners still prevail. I hope all will comply immediately with the ordinances regarding same. And someday you may realize what an educated representative can, and, in fact, did bring to local government, but I shall not hold my breath.

  • herschell

    GOOD RIDANCE TO THE CLEAVERLY DECEITFUL SOCIALISTIC MCDERMOTTE. MAY SHE NEVER BE ELECTED TO PUBLIC OFFICE AGAIN. 180 NEW BUSSINESSES IN POLK COUNTY ! IF YOU QUALIFIED AS AN EXECUTOR FOR A DECEASED LOVED ONE YOU MADE HER NEW BUSINESS LIST. ARROGANCE AND DECEITFULNESS LOST AGAIN !

  • LOCALNATIVE

    This election has deep lessions embedded deeply in our community for our local politicians to observe. The first lession is that we as citizens will not tolerate the corruption in our government which ran rampant under the previous regime while the democrats have had control of our county commission. The second lession is that the county voters who live outside the incorporated towns will not tolerate too much influence of the towns and in particular the town of Columbus and Tryon, in regards to imposing more ever growing regulation on the county in the form of the ridiculous UDO. Commissioner McDermott had to go………..and now it is up to all the citizens of this county to assure she is never replaced by another representative who leans only toward town incorporated idealism. That line of thought has no place in our county at large outside the towns. I join all those who rejoice that honorable commissioner McDermott has been voted out of office. I thank her for her service to the county and rejoice that she joins the history books. I remain your LOCALNATIVE.

  • herschell

    the carnival tactics,outright lies , deceitful lies and voter harrasment did not payoff ! honest, qualified ,decent people were elected. thanks to all who voted for gage-pack and holbert. thanks to these candidates who ran professional campaigns based on fact,inetgrity and sincerety

  • fallingman

    Well done Polk Co. voters! You turned out the execrable Renee McDermott. Well done indeed.

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