Business owner Marcus Fedler of Ainsworth came out on top of a four-way race for Washington County District 3 supervisor in Tuesday’s special election.
Fedler, who had been nominated to represent the Washington County Republican Party on the ballot, received 98 (32.1 percent) of the 305 votes cast in the race, according to unofficial results from the county Auditor’s Office.
“I think 10 percent of the people in District 3 voted — at least from the numbers I heard,” Fedler said Tuesday night. “I look forward to serving my constituents.”
District 3 runs along the southern portion of Washington County from Brighton Township east to the county line, then north to just outside of Riverside.
Coming in second was Dwight Miller of Ainsworth, who received 85 votes (27.8 percent).
Johnathan Bartholomew of Brighton finished third with 72 votes (23.6 percent).
Joshua Schreiber of rural Washington had 50 votes (16.4 percent).
Miller, Bartholomew and Schreiber were all on the ballot with no party affiliation.
Washington County Democrats did not nominate a candidate for the race.
Fedler has owned and managed Custom Impressions in Washington for 18 years.
He was the county chair in 2008 for Ron Paul and Eastern Iowa district chair in 2012.
He was involved with the Republican platform committee in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and sat on the Republican State Central Committee.
During the campaign, Fedler talked about the need to attract more business to Washington County.
“Having more folks living here will help existing businesses hire qualified people,” he said. “Having more business could help keep folks in Washington County that currently leave the area for work.”
Fedler will take the seat vacated by Abe Miller, who resigned from the Board of Supervisors effective Jan. 27.
Fedler will serve the remainder of the term, which expires in 2022.