Jake the dog
Jake, pet of Sioux City councilman Aaron Rochester, sits waiting to chase a ball by a volunteer at Animal Control on 18th Street July 28, 2009. (Journal photo by Jerry Mennenga)

SIOUX CITY -- Jake the missing Labrador retreiver barked the loudest and grabbed 62 write-in votes for City Council in Tuesday's election, while "Jake's kidnapper" got 1 vote.

Woodbury County Election Commissioner Pat Gill said Wednesday people either penned "Jake," "Jake the dog" or "Jake Rochester" in the write-in category.

Jake was Councilman Aaron Rochester's pet who bit a neighbor June 27 and was declared vicious. After two hearings upheld that declaration, Jake was supposed to be euthanzied, according to a revised city vicious dog law that received unanimous council approval last year.

While on death row in a pen at Sioux City Animal Control, someone kidnapped him on Aug. 2. Jake drew a lot of attention from entrepreneurs who sold T-shirts, while the Weekender magazine started a "Vote Jake" campaign complete with campaign mugs, buttons, bumper stickers and T-shirts.

Another 80 people and characters received write-in nods, including Councilmen Dave Ferris and Brent Hoffman, who did not seek re-election. Hoffman received five write-in votes while Ferris got four.

Past mayors Craig Berenstein and Bob Scott earned one vote apiece, while former Councilman Jason Geary got one vote.Disney icon Mickey Mouse and "Bozo the Clem" (not clown) received the endorsement from one voter each, as did former president Ronald Reagan. Former Sioux City school board member Flora Lee received four votes. NAACP members Richard Hayes and Jerry Fields each got one vote.

Also receiving one vote were former council candidates George Lindblade, Doug VanDerVoort and Jerry Moore; Bruce Lear of the teacher's union; and the Rev. Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach. Elizabeth Wantland, who is married to council candidate David Wantland, receiveded a write-in, as did Swede Nelson, former owner of Swede's Bar.Eric Newhouse and Byron Deck received one vote apiece while Jeff Redmond earned seven votes. And, two people wrote in Election Commissioner Gill's name.

Incidentally, two other Jakes received write-in support -- Jake Jangers and Jake Tadlock.

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