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Ditsworth receives GOP nod for county recorder

Friday, August 3, 2012

Former Lake Park Mayor Ann Ditsworth received the GOP nomination to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot for Dickinson County Recorder. The office is currently without an incumbent following the mid-term retirement of Jan Bortscheller.
A former Lake Park mayor emerged from a field of three candidates to receive the GOP nomination for Dickinson County Recorder.

Ann Ditsworth is the Republican nominee after a 10 a.m. special nominating convention Saturday at the Spirit Lake Public Library.

Dickinson County Republican delegates who attended the March 2012 county convention were eligible to attend the convention, according to GOP county chair John Adams Sr.

Others seeking the GOP nomination were Janelle Treganza, who has experience as a deputy with the Dickinson County Recorder's Office and Jan Bowles, who was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for District 3A.

The three candidates each had an opportunity to appear before the delegates prior to a secret-ballot vote.

"It was a very good group of candidates," Adams said. "They were well-qualified and they all presented a very good resume and talked for about five minutes apiece."

Democrats are expected to hold a special nominating convention to field a candidate for the recorder's office as well.

Both parties are seeking nominees following the retirement of Democrat Jan Bortscheller midway through her sixth term.

Ditsworth said a background of community involvement led to her interest in returning to public office.

"This is a little broader and a totally different type of opportunity, but one I am very prepared for and excited about," Ditsworth said.

Ditsworth was first elected as mayor of Lake Park in 2002 and served two terms. She also served as director of the Okoboji Foundation. Her background includes time with Bank Midwest and what is now known as the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation as well.

The nominee currently works at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory including a role with the Friends of Lakeside Lab group.

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