Toot, Sanders elected to Story County Board of Supervisors


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Jeremy Freeman, left, sophomore in animal eceology, Rick Sanders, Republican candidate for Story County Supervisor and Kristin Livingston, of Ames, review poll results posted online Tuesday at the Gateway Hotel.

Daily Staff

Story County elected Paul Toot (D) and re-elected Rick Sanders (R) to its Board of Supervisors Tuesday night. The two candidates defeated Lucy Martin (D) and Jason Covey (R).

Because Toot received the most votes with 16,051 votes, he will be sworn onto the Board once the votes are officially canvassed on Nov. 9. Toot will replace Sanders, who was temporarily appointed as a supervisor since former supervisor James Strohman resigned Aug. 5.

“I’m most excited to get started,” Toot said. “I want to get right to work, and I’m lucky I get to be sworn as soon as the votes are canvassed.”

Sanders received 15,525 votes, according to the Story County auditor’s website, and will replace Wayne Clinton as a supervisor in January. 

“A lot of hard work went into this race,” Sanders said. “I know I, Paul and Lucy put a lot sweat and hours into this. It’s unfortunate that one of us had to lose. I know I’m going to wake up in the morning and think about how I’m going to serve the people of Story County.”

Martin, Story County deputy auditor, received 13,262 votes in Tuesday’s election, according to the Story County auditor’s website. 

Martin and Covey were unavailable for comment.

The Board of Supervisors is the legislative body of Story County, composed of three members. They are responsible for monitoring county policy and budget, setting county tax levy, approving bonds and reports, filling employee vacancies and monitoring economic development.