Of the three Marshall County elected seats open this fall only one will have a contested race. Wednesday marked the deadline for candidates to file for the county seats to get on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election.
In the only contested race for county offices, Republican incumbent Ted Kamatchus will go against Democrat Randy Price in the running for Marshall County Sheriff.
Two other incumbents will run unopposed this fall including Supervisor Denny Grabenbauer, a Marshalltown Democrat, and Auditor and Recorder Dawn Williams, a Marshalltown Republican.
Kamatchus has been county sheriff since 1988 and lives in Marshalltown. He said he enjoys working with the people of the county and being able to assist them. He also knows budgets will be tight in the future.
"There will be some storms we'll have to weather and with my 24 years of experience I feel I'm most qualified," Kamatchus said.
Price is a Marshalltown resident and owner of Optimal Overhead Doors. He was a deputy at the Sheriff's Office working under Kamatchus from 2001 to 2009.
"I just think it's time for a change to get the morale back up there," Price said.
Price recognized going against an incumbent with plenty of name recognition will be a challenge.
"It's going to be an uphill climb," he said.
Grabenbauer is wrapping up his last year in his first four-year term as supervisor and said he has learned a great deal about county government over his term.
"I've enjoyed serving for four years and I've gained knowledge and I would like to be able to apply that for the next four years," Grabenbauer said.
Williams was appointed the auditor and recorder in March 2011 and wants to continue the integration of those offices to find efficiencies. She believes local government is a place for her to make a difference.
"I love the challenge of being auditor and recorder and I believe in county government," Williams said.
Before her appointment, Williams worked in the auditor's office for 24 years.
With no multiple candidates for any party, the June 5 nomination primary will not weed out any county candidates as the ballot will remain the same for the fall.