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Primary Results: Skaff, Nelson get Woodbury County Republican primary wins

Michelle Skaff (Submitted Photo)
Michelle Skaff (Submitted Photo)

There were two dominant wins for the two victors in the Republican primary election contests for Woodbury County posts on Tuesday evening.

In the County Auditor contest. Michelle Skaff got 2,543 votes, for 68 percent, compared to 32 percent for Keith Radig. Skaff pulled off that win in her first attempt at elective office, while Radig is in his last year as a county supervisor and was seeking to move to a different county position.

"I am so appreciative of all the support from my team and from the citizens of Woodbury County," Skaff told Siouxland Public Media News just after 9 p.m.
"I am so humbled by the outcome. A special thank you to my husband, Mark, who gave so much to support me in this campaign."

Longtime Democratic incumbent Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill is running again. Skaff works in the county auditor office with Gill, as the Deputy Auditor.

There will be three county board positions to be decided in November, and one of those had a primary. The two Republicans running for the rural District 3 position were Brian McNaughton, and incumbent Mark Nelson, who was appointed in January 2023 to fill out the last two years of a four-year term.

Nelson won the primary handily, with 2,324 votes, for 69 percent. McNaughton had 1,041 votes, for 31 percent.
There is no Democrat running for Woodbury County Supervisors District 3 in the November general election, although the county Democratic Party could put forth a nominee by special convention in August.

In one other notable race, Wwth 11 of the 36 Iowa 4th Congressional District county results in, incumbent U.S> Rep. Randy Feenstra, of Hull, had 61% of the Republican primary vote, ahead of challenger Kevin Virgil, of Sutherland.

*Siouxland Public Media News will have more results in Wednesday morning newscasts.