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Political pendulum swings in new direction

Published 3:37pm Wednesday, November 7, 2012

It was apparent this issue in particular struck a chord as it remained in letters to the editor and political ads leading up to the final day of voting.

This election became a heated battle as individual citizens put much of their personal money where their political leanings could bring certain candidates to the top through websites like and facebook pages such as Polk County Truth, advertising that bashed opponents, signs littering the county and more.  Just like the national debates; election season got ugly in Polk County as people desperately sought to ensure their side grabbed power.

Voters on both sides voiced opinions but in the end it was Republicans who found their way to the top. Republican incumbent Tom Pack earned re-election, while Democrat incumbent Renée McDermott received the next to lowest vote total.

Also grabbing seats were Michael Gage and Keith Holbert over Emily Bartlett and Russell Mierop. The lone Democrat grabbing a position was Pam Hyder for clerk of court.

Many in the county will breathe a sigh of relief as the height of political season comes to an end but who knows if the political sentiment will turn itself again come four years from now.

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