Story County: Incumbent Democrats win against challengers


Tyler Coe

Jerry Parle votes at Wilson Toyota of Ames on Nov 8

Jay Waagmeester

Democrats Linda Murken and Lisa Heddens received the majority of votes over Republicans Kara Warme and James Wright for Story County Board of Supervisors. County Attorney Timothy Meals faced challenger Niko Pilcher, while the county treasurer and county recorder ran unopposed. 


Heddens and Murken won the two seats available with 28% and 28.7% of the votes, respectively. 

Murken was elected in 2018 with 29.91% of the votes. She plans to implement a climate action plan for Story County, increase affordable housing options and prepare for emergency services and disaster recovery, according to her website

As previously reported by the Daily, one of Murken’s main priorities is to focus on the need for affordable housing and accessible transportation to rural areas. 

Heddens has been on the board since 2019 when she was appointed after a resignation. She won an election in 2020 to keep her position. 

Heddens listed three items on her mind for the next year. Expanding affordable housing in the county following a recent housing study, bringing in a mental health court in the county to provide resources rather than putting low-offending individuals in jail and continuing to improve the infrastructure needed to meet the needs in Story county. 

Heddens’ experience outside of Story County as a state legislator from 2002 to 2019 is a gain for her constituents.

“I’ve already got relationships built to work with our state partner,” said Heddens. “I’ve also previously served with the governor, so I have a relationship with her. When we’re working on issues at the local level I feel like my background provides some credibility when I’m talking to state officials about issues that impact Story county residents.”

Warme and Wright, the Republican challengers, received 23.7% and 19.6% of the votes, respectively.

County Attorney 

Meals, the incumbent Democrat, ran unopposed in the primary and defeated Niko Pilcher, a Republican from Huxley. Meals received 59.1% of votes, Pilcher received 40.7%. Meals was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the position in 2020 after serving as the assistant attorney under the previous County Attorney, Jessica Reynolds. 

County Treasurer

Ted Rasmusson, the incumbent Democrat, ran unopposed. Rasmusson was elected to the office in 2018 and ran unopposed in the June 7 primary. 

The Treasurer is responsible for motor vehicle titling and registration, collecting and accounting for all funds coming into the county from the various departments and preparing and mailing annual tax statements for property tax collections. 

According to the Story County website, the treasurer is responsible for the following:

  • Motor vehicle titling and registration
  • Collecting use tax
  • Preparing and mailing annual tax statements for property tax collections
  • Tax apportionment to all taxing bodies and investment of county funds
  • Balancing financial records
  • Collecting and accounting for all funds coming into the county from the various departments


Stacie Herridge, the incumbent Republican, ran unopposed in the June 7 primary and the general election. She has been Story County’s recorder since winning the 2014 election.

The recorder serves as a repository for many public records, including land transactions, birth certificates, marriage certificates and hunting and fishing licenses, according to the Story County website. The office also registers and titles recreational vehicles and serves as a passport acceptance facility. 

County Public Hospital trustees 

  • Patrick Sheets
  • Gaylan Scofield
  • Pamela Elliott Cain
  • Elizabeth Hertz
  • Tiffany Thompson

Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner

  • Selden Spencer
  • Stephen Riggins

County Agricultural Extension Council member

  • Tina Beavers
  • Pam Kahler
  • Mark Licht
  • Benjamin Smith
  • MaryAnn Heintz Gardner

County Agricultural Extension Council member to fill a vacancy

  • Kim Johnson Heidemann