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Horton wins Plymouth County District 5 supervisor seat

Horton wins Plymouth County District 5 supervisor seat

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LE MARS, Iowa | Gary Horton won the District 5 Republican race Tuesday for the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors.

Horton received 1,131, or about 61 percent, of 1,856 total votes. Republican Dan Smith received 724, or about 39 percent. There was one write-in vote.

District 5, on the western border of Le Mars, includes the cities of Akron, Brunsville, Merrill, Struble and Westfield.

"I'm really looking forward to serving the citizens of Plymouth County," Horton said Tuesday night.

Horton succeeds incumbent District 5 supervisor Jim Henrich, who chose not to seek re-election this year.

The 57-year-old Akron resident defeated Smith, 62, of Merrill, a contractor with Hamilton Smith Construction, who served 15 years on the Le Mars School Board and eight years on the Merrill City Council.

Horton, who is the Akron city administrator, said he will retire from his current position in October.

As a Plymouth County supervisor, Horton wants to focus on economic development and cost-sharing opportunities between the county and cities.

"I think those are a couple of the key things I'm going to want to look at," Horton said. "It will take a while to soak up everything as far as operations work at that county level."

In other races, unopposed incumbents Mark Loutsch, District 2 supervisor; Auditor Stacey Feldman; and Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo also won re-election.

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