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What's The Frequency: Primary election in Iowa, South Dakota on June 4, hear from candidates running in Woodbury County

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This What's The Frequency episode is devoted to some important voting that is taking place in Iowa and South Dakota.

The primary election day in both states is June 4th, and early voting is already underway. A primary election in essence reduces the field of candidates when there is more than one from a political party seeking a position, it sets the party nominees for the more highly watched and participated-in general election in November, for people who will be elected to county, state or federal offices.

Polls in Iowa will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and in South Dakota, voters can cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nebraska had its primary election on May 14.

There is a notable congressional contest among two Republicans seeking the Iowa 4th congressional district position. The competitors are current Congressman Randy Feenstra, a former state senator from Hull, and Kevin Virgil, a businessman and former U.S. Army Ranger from Sutherland, Iowa.

Feenstra has won two terms dating back to 2020, and the winner of this primary will face Ryan Melton, a Democrat from Nevada, Iowa.

Also, there are primaries for an Iowa Legislatures position on the primary ballot, as two Republicans are aiming to succeed State Representative Ken Carlson, in the District 13 post. Those Republicans competing are Noah Wiseler, of Sioux City, and Travis Sitzmann, of Le Mars.

Another Iowa Legislative primary is in House District 7, also in Northwest Iowa, where Republican candidates include Wendy Lou Larson, of Odebolt, and longtime incumbent Mike Sexton, of Rockwell City.

There are many primary election competitions in county level positions. In Woodbury County, there are several positions being contested, with two having primaries for Republican candidates.

For the county auditor position, longtime Democratic incumbent Pat Gill is running again. The two Republicans are Michelle Skaff, who works in the county auditor office, and Keith Radig, who is exiting his eight years on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors in the attempt to become auditor.

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

So here on What’s The Frequency we talk with those four Republicans.

Click on the audio link above to hear the entire show.
*What's The Frequency, Episode 19

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