All in place for 2nd ward recount

Candidates await

The top two vote-getters in the Feb. 27 City of Marshalltown Second Ward Special Election will face-off in a recount.

Candidates Gabe Isom and Bob Untiedt are ready, as are their designees.

Two votes currently separate the candidates.

Isom’s designee — spouse Christine Hunt — and Untiedt’s designee — Ben Cooper — will use equipment while hand-counting ballots from the special election, said

Marshall County Auditor/Recorder/Commissioner of Elections Nan Benson in a March 6 press release.

“I have requested that they (Marshall County Board of Supervisors) set the recount for March 12 at 8:30 a.m. in meeting room two of the Courthouse,” said Benson in the release.

Additionally, the release said Cooper and Hunt agreed to appoint one of Benson’s staff, Maria Vargas-Gonzalez, as the third member of the recount board. She will be appointed as the first order of business at the recount.

Benson said at the March 6 supervisor’s meeting Vargas-Gonzales is not part of the county’s regular election team.

Benson also reported at the same meeting that, “we are required by (Iowa) code to have this (recount) completed by March 23.”

After polls closed Feb. 27 in the special election to fill the vacant second ward seat, Benson reported Isom the unofficial winner with 96 votes followed by Untiedt’s 94. Candidates Jay Carollo, Brittany O’Shea and Leigh Bauder followed with 90, 68 and 44 votes respectively.

A total of 393 votes were cast, representing 10.17 percent of 3,863 eligible ward voters.

On the afternoon of March 2, Untiedt submitted a written request to Benson for a recount.

Untiedt does not have to pay for the recount.

Earlier this week Marshall County Board of Supervisors, Benson, Assistant Auditor Cindy Reutzel and auditor staff member Blaze Burr canvassed the Feb. 27 results.

There was no change to the unofficial results reported by Benson after polls closed.

At their regularly scheduled meeting earlier this week, the supervisors approved Benson’s request to perform the administrative recount by a 3-0 vote.

The second ward, which encompasses much of Marshalltown’s northwest quadrant, has been without representation on the city council since Jan. 2.

On that date then second ward councilor Joel Greer was sworn in as mayor.


Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or