With the primary filing period expired, the five current Carroll County officeholders up for election this year face no balloted opposition in the June 3 primaries. Auditor Kourtney Irlbeck, Treasurer Jean Seidl, Recorder Marilyn Dopheide, County Supervisor Marty Supervisor, all Democrats, and Republican County Attorney John Werden, are running unopposed.
Candidates seeking to be on the ballot for the November election as a Democrat or Republican can still get there through a party convention. Independents who collect 150 or more signatures and file between Aug. 4 and Aug. 27 can get their names on the official ballot as well.
Historically, independent candidates face long odds because they receive none of the straight-party votes.
Carroll real-estate broker and appraiser Don Kanne has filed for the 2nd District Carroll County supervisors seat, setting up the lone competitive primary for county offices in June.
Kanne, 65, a Democrat, is owner of Carroll County Appraisal, 512 N. Court St., in operation since 1984. He'll face Dean Schettler of Breda in a primary. No Republicans filed for the seat being vacated at the end of the year by Breda Democrat Dan Nieland.
Kanne said he sees the role of a new supervisor as one of a committed learner and listener.
"I've got no agenda at this point," Kanne said.
Kanne said his goal at the end of his first year as a supervisor, if elected, would be to serve as well as Nieland.
"I think all of the supervisors work really hard," Kanne said.
The district stretches across the northern part of Carroll County and includes Breda, Maple River, Lanesboro and Lidderdale.
The committee that appointed the late Del McDermott's successor, Sheryl Wegner, in October 2009 interviewed Kanne for the position as well, Kanne said.
Kanne grew up on a farm north of Lidderdale and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1966. He went on to earn an associate's degree from what is today Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.
Kanne and his wife, Lonnie, a native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., near South St. Paul, have five grown children, all living in Carroll. The children are: Nick Kanne, Mackenzie Kral, Kipp Kanne, Piper Atkinson and Kacie Kanne.