County GOP nominates Brown

Thursday, November 8, 2018
After four rounds of voting during the Clay County Republican's convention Thursday night, Kevin Brown was elected the Republican nominee for the Dec. 11 special election for Clay County Supervisor. Joe Skow vacated the supervisor seat earlier this month due to an out of state relocation.
Photos by Joseph Hopper

The Clay County Republicans gathered in the Clay County Courthouse chambers Thursday night for a convention to decide their party nominee for the Dec. 11 Clay County special election. The Dec. 11 special election will determine who will succeed Joe Skow on the Clay County Board of Supervisors as the former supervisor vacated his seat due to an out of state relocation.

Fifty-four delegates of the Clay County Republicans delegation were present to cast their votes by secret ballot Thursday night. Before the voting commenced, delegates moved to change a rule barring candidates for supervisor who participated in the convention and failed to secure the Republican nomination from running in the special election as “no party” candidates. The vote failed 20-34. Ultimately six Republicans — Kevin Brown, Jeremy Leu, Jill Barr, George Moriarty, Marlin Voss and Steve Waller — ran for their party’s nomination at the convention. Each of the candidates spoke directly to the delegates as to why they felt they were qualified for the nomination and their experience for the position.

“We had a lot of good candidates,” Clay County Republican Chairman Will Jones said.

Clay County Supervisor Barry Anderson casts a ballot during the Clay County Republicans convention Thursday night.

After three rounds of voting, only two names — Brown and Waller — remained on the ballot for the convention’s fourth and final round of voting.

“I think I can effectively serve all of you as Clay County Supervisor,” Brown said. “Doing that for the Republican Party is important to me. Because I’ve devoted my life to the Republican Party for as long as I can remember.

He continued, “... I think I can beat any Democrat or Independent out there that’s running for this seat. Once I get down there, that’s when the work starts and I’ve proven I’m ready to work.”

In a close final round of voting, Brown was nominated as the party’s candidate for the Dec. 11 special election.

“I’m unbelievable humbled by this and just insanely grateful,” Brown said. “I came in here just wanting to talk about my accomplishments and my plans and my experience so that’s what I did. I just got up and just left it all out there so no matter how this turned out today I knew that I gave it my best. Luckily, the Republicans of Clay County decided they could get behind a guy like me and we can do whatever it takes now to make sure we take this onto victory on Dec. 11.”

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  • Congratulations to you Mr.Brown. as the story I was told,was it right or wrong? Please inform us the correct story. I have heard from three public officials this time line of events, this is how I remember it being told to me, so please know this is only hearsay and may only be a false story. Can you please put my mind at ease with the truth? I really dislike people trying to blast opponents. The story goes... Burlin Mathews told Sande Geidal to hire you, in hopes you would run against Sheila Weeks, that lasted a couple weeks. Then Mr.Mathews told Mr.Skow not to resign his County seat until it was too late for other candidates to run on this past election. Joe wanted to resign earlier. Now the Republican Delegates can vote you in since you are the co-chair to the Republican party, that was a sure bet. Just like it was supposed to be. Seems a bit rigged, the other candidates didn't have a chance. I read in a previous thread that this special election supposedly is going to cost the tax payers over $20,000, just so you can be elected? Worth an investigation? I couldn't believe the story I was told. Please tell us none of it is true. I was looking foward to support you.

    -- Posted by Worthalook on Fri, Nov 9, 2018, at 7:36 PM
  • Listen to him. Tell me. What's more important, the Republican party or Clay County. They are not the same. We don't really need super ambitious young professional Republicans running every thing in Clay county. And this election thing sounds like a set up.This guy and his picture have been in the paper many times. Lotta hat..no cattle.

    -- Posted by Cookster on Fri, Nov 9, 2018, at 11:02 PM
  • I agree with you Cookster. This Republican party in Clay County always feels to be a setup. Just another " yes man".

    -- Posted by changespencer2 on Sat, Nov 10, 2018, at 5:32 AM
  • How did Kevin know to send letters to specific delegates that would vote for only him a few week before the Republican party was actually going to hold a convention? Maybe because he is the co-chair of the Republican party? How is it that only delegates can vote, and Jill Barr and her husband, Steve Waller and Kevin are delegates and they get to vote for themselves? But George and Marlin can not vote for themselves. Talk about a huge conflict of interest. Come on Clay County... this election is now going to cost you $20,000. It could have been with the general election a couple weeks ago. It's about the Republican party being All of clay county, not about who will do their best for you! This is all rigged. Start asking around and asking questions. Quit being lazy and stop rolling over.

    -- Posted by changespencer2 on Mon, Nov 12, 2018, at 10:18 PM
  • My apologies.... I need to amend my previous comments... As "Worthalook" stated too..these comments again are only hearsay, how some information had been relayed to me and are only possible opinions.

    -- Posted by changespencer2 on Tue, Nov 13, 2018, at 5:54 AM
  • These comments on the Spencer Daily Reporter website concerning Kevin C. Brown's nomination for the Clay County Board of Supervisors seem very negative and suspicious. The citizens in Clay County need clarifications on these comments. We need integrity in the election process in Clay County, Iowa.

    -- Posted by Judith Olson on Tue, Nov 13, 2018, at 2:04 PM
  • Is there going to be an informational session with questions asked to the three candidates for Clay County Supervisor (Bill Zinn, Art Hamrick, Kevin C. Brown), so citizens will know who has the background knowledge to serve as a supervisor? If so, this needs to be scheduled before the December 11, 2018 special election.

    -- Posted by Judith Olson on Sun, Nov 18, 2018, at 5:27 PM
  • Is there going to be an informational session with questions asked to the three candidates for Clay County Supervisor (Bill Zinn, Art Hamrick, Kevin C. Brown), so citizens will know who has the background knowledge to serve as a supervisor? If so, what date will this be scheduled before the December 11, 2018 special election?

    -- Posted by Judith Olson on Tue, Nov 27, 2018, at 9:20 PM
  • I was informed that there will not be a public forum to hear from the three candidates for Clay County Supervisor. In my opinion, it is very important to hold a public forum for candidates. I actually posted two questions on the Spencer Daily Reporter website on November 18, 2018 and November 27, 2018 asking about a public forum (an informational session with questions asked to all three candidates) and questionnaires for the three candidates. There has been time for the media to plan a public forum. I was told by Randy Cauthron that "the candidate questionnaires will be published in Thursday's Daily Reporter and will afford all three candidates an opportunity to let everyone know about their qualifications and priorities. These forums take coordination on multiple fronts and generally we have about two months to get everything set up. This quick turnaround created a challenge to make it happen."

    In my opinion, the media needs to adapt to short turnarounds to present relevant news to the public. How many people in Clay County will be reached by the newspaper questionnaires? I believe that many more people would be reached by turning on SMU and watching the live public forum.

    What is the background that has prepared each of the three candidates (Kevin C. Brown, Art Hamrick, Bill Zinn) for the position of Clay County Supervisor? Which one of these candidates has the knowledge to serve as an elected official representing all citizens of Clay County, Iowa?

    -- Posted by Judith Olson on Wed, Dec 5, 2018, at 7:50 AM
  • Just curious here, as I've heard things, what do we pay the supervisors in pay and benefits? What is the time commitment? Full time? 2 hours a month? Couldn't find anything out about this job on the county website.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Dec 5, 2018, at 1:46 PM
  • County GOP nominates Brown (November 8, 2018 article) The comments on the Spencer Daily Reporter website concerning Kevin C. Brown's nomination for the Clay County Board of Supervisors seem very negative and suspicious. The citizens in Clay County need clarifications on these comments. We need integrity in the election process in Clay County, Iowa.

    -- Posted by Judith Olson on Fri, Dec 7, 2018, at 9:59 PM
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