Rep. Brian Best, first elected to the Iowa House in 2014, casts his ballot Tuesday at the Glidden Community Room.
Rep. Brian Best, first elected to the Iowa House in 2014, casts his ballot Tuesday at the Glidden Community Room.

November 9, 2016

State Rep. Brian Best, R-Glidden, Tuesday ran up huge margins across three counties to earn a second term in the Iowa House.

The one-term Republican entered landslide territory, hitting 70 percent of the vote to 30 percent for Democrat Ken Myers, a Carroll County deputy sheriff.

Best won all 20 precincts in House District 12, which covers all of Carroll and Audubon counties, and part of eastern Crawford County. Best collected 10,334 votes to Myers’ 4,359, according to results from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

“It’s a great experience,” Best said. “One thing I told myself coming into tonight is that I was going to sleep well no matter what because I did my due diligence. I worked. I didn’t take anything for granted.”

Best said he campaigned aggressively throughout the district, making personal stops, appearances, and running advertisements in all newspapers covering the political territory.

“I’m just grateful and proud to be the representative of this district,” Best said.

He said the one key issue was his two years of experience in Des Moines.

“I think incumbency does help,” Best said. “I hope the folks that live in this district know that I did work hard. And I think most of them do.”

With the nation divided politically, Best said, it is up to elected officials who prevailed to recognize they represent all the people, not just those who voted for them.

“When you get elected to this position you don’t just represent a party, you represent a district,” Best said. “I want to make sure everybody knows that.”

For his part, Myers said he provided voters a choice and raised key issues.

“This is the first campaign I’ve ever been involved in, and it was a unique experience,” Myers said. “I don’t have anything against Brian personally, just a difference in philosophy.”

In response to getting his message out, Myers, who was not as visible as Best during the campaign, said: “You can always Monday morning quarterback it, but hopefully I brought some awareness to mental-health and education issues that the Legislature will take a look at.”

Myers added, “The public spoke the way they felt. I’m not hurt by it. I just want to thank everyone who supported me, and I wish Mr. Best well.”