After first being successful in pushing to get the issue before voters, the Coalition for Better County Government is also claiming victory with the results of Tuesday’s special election on Floyd County elects its Board of Supervisors.
The Coalition was a proponent of Plan 3 which calls for establishing equal population districts and electing one supervisor who resides in each district. Coalition President Gordon Boge says, while the group was confident it would be approved, getting some 67% of the vote was better than expected.
Almost 17% of the county’s just over 11,000 registered voters cast ballots for Tuesday’s special election. Plan 1, which has elected all three supervisors at-large since 1970, received about 27% of the vote. Current Board Chair Linda Tjaden says the voter turnout showed people were interested in the issue, but she was disappointed with the outcome.
The new way of electing Floyd County supervisors goes into effect with the primary election next June in advance of the November 2022 election. With the change in supervisor election format, Tjaden, whose term was slated to run through 2024, would have to seek re-election next year. The terms of Roy Schwickerath and Doug Kamm are due to expire at the end of 2022, but they could also seek re-election.
Official results will be canvassed on Tuesday, August 10th.