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Which Linn County officials will be voted off the island?

Six elected officials vie for just three supervisor seats

CEDAR RAPIDS — With a 2016 decision by voters to reduce the size of the Linn County Board of Supervisors from five to three members now going into effect, six candidates are competing to fill those three seats,

All five of the current supervisors — John Harris, James Houser, Brent Oleson, Ben Rogers and Stacey Walker — are trying to stay on it, and Linn County Auditor Joel Miller hopes to join.

Voters reduced the size of the board after concerns were raised about the cost when supervisor salaries crossed the six-figure threshold. Supervisors now earn about $104,000 a year.

Winners in the county’s new District 1 and District 2 seats will serve four-year terms. District 3 will have a two-year term, with another election for a four-year term in 2020. The end result will maintain the county’s staggered terms.

The new district breakdowns are:

• District 1: Cedar Rapids precincts 19, 22, 23 and 25-44.

• District 2: Cedar Rapids 1-18, 20, 21, 24, Hiawatha 1-4, Monroe Township 1 and 2 and Robins.

• District 3: Bertram Township, Boulder Township, Brown Township, Buffalo Township, Cedar Rapids 41, Clinton Township, College Township, Fairfax, Fairfax Township, Fayette Township, Franklin Township, Grant Township, Jackson Township, Linn Township, Maine Township, Marion 1-14, Marion Township, Mount Vernon Township, Mount Vernon north and south, Otter Creek Township, Putnam Township, Spring Grove Township and Washington Township.

In District 1, Walker, a Democrat, again faces colleague Houser, who lost in the June Democratic primary. Houser in August announced he would run as no-party candidate in the November general election.

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District 2 sees Democrat Rogers facing current Auditor Miller, who registered as a no-party candidate.

In District 3, Republican Harris faces Democrat Oleson.

For full videos of interviews with all the Linn County candidates, see TheGazette.Com/endorse2018.

Not sure which precinct you’re in? See linncountyelections.org.

Voting

Early voting will begin Monday and run through Nov. 5 at the Linn County Auditor’s Office, 935 Second St. SW in Cedar Rapids. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. It also will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, both Saturdays.

For the Nov. 6 election, all poll locations are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information and the schedule of satellite voting locations, see linncountyelections.org.

l Comments: (319) 398-8309; mitchell.schmidt@thegazette.com

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