Here's who is running for Board of Supervisors, Statehouse in Story County this year

Danielle Gehr
Ames Tribune

Two months until the primaries and nine months until the midterms, Story County candidates have filed their campaign paperwork. 

While Iowa will vote for its next governor this fall as well as for Congressional seats, a number of local positions also are up for election. 

The Story County Board of Supervisors has two seats up for reelection this year, on top of other county positions. At the Iowa Statehouse, six seats that represent at least part of Story County will be on the ballot this year.

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The primaries will be June 7 and midterms Nov. 8. Here's who is running in Story County this year:

Story County Board of Supervisors 

Two candidates from each party can be chosen in this primary to run in the midterm election this fall. At that time, two, regardless of party, will be elected to the three-person Board of Supervisors. Board of Supervisors Chair Latifah Faisal, a Democrat, is in the middle of her first four-year term. 

James Wright Jr. (R) 

James Wright Jr., a Republican, is running for the Story County Board of Supervisors.

Wright, a Story County farmer near Collins, is making his first run for the Board of Supervisors. He has spent 40 years farming and raising cattle at his family operation and also worked in real estate. 

Wright told the Tribune he has spent a large portion of his adult life in public service. He spent the last 12 years on the Story County Medical Board of Trustees. He was also a board member of the Story County Cattlemen and the Story County Pork Producers, previously a president of both. 

He also served as a member of the Lions Club, Story County 4-H Fair Board and a number of other boards. Wright has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 29 years and is a father of two. 

Linda Murken (D) - incumbent

Story County Supervisor Linda Murken is running for reelection.

Serving her first term, Murken, of Gilbert, is seeking reelection to the Story County Board of Supervisors. She is a life-long resident of Story County and worked nearly four decades in Iowa’s Department of Correctional Services before moving to the Story County Planning and Zoning Commission. 

Murken previously served as the Board of Supervisors chair. She is chair of the Emergency Management Commission. 

She also represents Story County on the Watershed Management Authorities for Ioway Creek and the Headwaters of the Skunk Creek River. She also uses her experience in corrections serving on the county's public safety communication system, StoryComm, board.

As supervisor, she has worked to expand rural broadband and develop a workforce retraining program. If reelected, Murken said she would continue to focus on broadband and water quality, as well as implementing a climate action plan and increasing affordable housing. 

Lisa Heddens (D) - incumbent

Former state representative and Ames resident Lisa Heddens is running to be Story County supervisor. She has filled the role since her predecessor Rick Sanders stepped down in 2019.

Supervisor Heddens, of Ames, is running for another term on the board with plans to continue her work on expanding mental health and disability services in the county. 

Heddens previously served eight terms as a state representative before being appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 2019 after Rick Sanders stepped down to become president of the Iowa State University Research Park. 

She was officially elected to the vacancy in 2020.

Heddens said she is proud of the work she and fellow board members have done to expand broadband, promote economic development and keep communities safe. She hopes to continue this work if elected to another term. 

Story County Treasurer

Ted Rasmusson (D) - Incumbent

Story County Treasurer Ted Rasmusson is seeking another term in the position.

Currently unopposed, Rasmusson, of Nevada, is seeking reelection as Story County Treasurer. 

Rasmusson, a former business analyst and project manager for EMC Insurance, was first elected in 2018 after opposing two-time incumbent Republican Renee Twedt for the seat. He ran with a goal to elevate the treasurer's office to be more involved in strategic planning.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Simpson College and a master’s in public administration from Drake University.

Story County Recorder

Stacie Herridge (R) - Incumbent

Story County Recorder Stacie Herridge is seeking a third term in the position.

Herridge, of Nevada, is running for her third term as Story County recorder this fall. 

She served as deputy recorder for 14 years and spent three years as deputy of real estate in the Story County Auditor’s Office before running for county recorder in 2014. The office handles all real estate filings, military records, birth, death and marriage records, as well as boat, snowmobile and ATV registrations.

Story County Attorney

Timothy Meals (D) - Incumbent

Story County Attorney Timothy Meals is running unopposed after he was appointed to the position in January. His predecessor, Jessica Reynolds, left the county attorney's office to accept a position at Iowa Attorney General's Office.

Meals, of Ames, is seeking another term as the Story County attorney this fall. 

After working in the office for 20 years, Meals was appointed as Story County attorney earlier in 2020 after his predecessor, Jessica Reynolds, left to work at the Iowa Attorney General's Office. He was officially elected to the position later that year. 

Meals initially worked in manufacturing for 11 years, moving into the industry right out of high school. He went back to school at 31 years old with a goal of becoming a prosecutor at the Story County Attorney's Office. 

District 25 State Senator

Herman Quirmbach (D) - incumbent

Iowa State Sen. Herman Quirmbach debates a bill on Feb. 28, 2018.

Quirmbach, of Ames, is running unopposed for his sixth term in the Iowa State Senate. 

The retired Iowa State economics professor has served at the Statehouse since he was first elected in 2002. 

Quirmbach currently serves as the District 23 senator but due to redistricting is running for the District 25 seat, which covers most of the city of Ames and Story County's Grant Township. He is a ranking member on the Education Committee and has also served on the Commerce, Local Government and Ways & Means committees.

District 48 State Representative 

Boone County Democrats Chair Penny Vossler is running for Iowa's District 48 House of Representatives seat.

Penny Vossler (D) 

The Boone County Democrats Chair Penny Vossler, of Boone, is making her first run for the Statehouse as she runs unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the District 48 seat. 

Vossler is running with an emphasis on affordable healthcare, fair wages for workers and fully supporting Iowa public schools.

Vossler has four college degrees in math, computer science, space studies and geographic information system. She's worked as a math teacher, volunteer emergency medical technician, an associate scientist on a NASA satellite project, a software engineer and a cartographer. 

Rep. Phil Thompson is running for reelection to the Iowa House of Representatives.

Phil Thompson (R) - incumbent

Thompson, of Boone, is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for the District 48 State Representative seat.

First elected in 2018, Thompson serves on the Education, Economic growth, Appropriations and Veterans Affairs committees, among others. He is also chair of the Economic Growth Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on the Economic Development Authority Board. 

Though Thompson already serves as a state representative, he was moved from District 47 to the 48th district after redistricting. 

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District 49 State Representative

Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, is running for her 8th term in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Beth Wessel-Kroeschel (D) - incumbent

Wessel-Kroeschel, of Ames, is seeking another term as a state representative unopposed. 

Wessel-Kroeschell assumed office in 2005 and is running to represent the 49th District, though she currently serves District 45. She is a ranking member of the Human Resources Committee and serves on the Judiciary Committee and Public Safety Committee. 

District 50 State Representative

Rep. Ross Wilburn, D-Ames, is running for reelection for District 46.

Ross Wilburn (D) - Incumbent 

Wilburn, of Ames, is seeking another term as a state representative unopposed. 

Wilburn first assumed office in 2019 and was reelected in 2020. The former Iowa City mayor has served on the House Appropriations, Judiciary, State Government and Veterans Affairs committees. He currently serves the 46th District but is running to represent District 50.

District 51 State Representative

Rep. Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada and chairman of the House Labor Committee

Dave Deyoe (R) - Incumbent 

Deyoe, of Nevada, is seeking another term as state representative unopposed. 

Deyoe was first elected to the House in 2006 and has won reelection by double-digit margins in every general election since. He is chairman of the House Labor Committee and sits on the House Appropriations, Commerce and State Government committees.

He current serves in House District 49 but restricting placed him in District 51. 

District 55 State Representative

Shannon Latham (R) - Incumbent

Rep. Shannon Latham, R-Sheffield, speaks in the Iowa House of Representatives on Jan. 10.

Latham, of Sheffield, is seeking another term as a state representative, though this is the first time she would represent Story County. 

She was first elected in 2020 to the District 54 seat, and serves as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee. Latham also serves on the Agriculture, Economic Development Appropriations and Information Technology committees, among others. 

Latham currently serves parts Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Buttler counties but redistricting moved her to the new District 55 which includes the northwest corner of Story County, as well as part of Wright and all of Franklin counties. 

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.