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June 2, 2014

Primary Election tomorrow

Marion County — The Republican and Democratic primary election will take place Tuesday, June 3. 

A list of poll sites for Marion County is attached to this article. Lorri Jahner, with the Marion County Auditor's Office, reports that 215 absentee ballots had been requested by around 10 a.m. Monday morning. That's not a high number of eligible voters.

Unlike the General Election, one must declare a party to take part in the primary. This can be done the day of the election at the poll sites. 

Locally, voters will choose will fill the Marion County offices of Attorney, Recorder, Treasurer and one Supervisor. Only the Supervisor's race is contested, with Craig Agan and Adam Wadle seeking the republican nomination for this office. There are no Democrats in the Supervisor's race. Incumbents Ed Bull (Attorney-R), Karen Schwanebeck (Recorder-R) and Denise Emal (Treasurer-D) are not opposed in the General Election, either. 

Marion County Republicans will choose nominees for US Senate and US House District 2. Republican Senate candidates Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Mark Jacobs, Scott Schaben and Matt Whitaker are vying for the opportunity to face Democrat Bruce Braley in November. This race is to determine who will fill the office being vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin. 

Rep. Dave Loebsack's potential challengers include Republicans Mark Lofgren, Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Matt Waldren in Iowa's Second Congressional District. 

Republicans will also choose a nominee for Governor, Terry Branstad or Tom Hoefling. Jack Hatch is the sole Democrat seeking his party's nomination. 

There will be other offices on the ballot. These are the only contested races. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow. 

Check back here for a report on the election.

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