Contested races are the norm for federal and statewide offices. Both major parties can generally find people willing to run.
That's not always the case at the local levels, though, as two are counties are finding. The deadline for filing for county offices passed on Wednesday, and both Monroe and Wapello counties are seeing single-party filings.
In Wapello County, Democrats have long dominated politics. Four Democrats are running unopposed for county offices. In fact, three are incumbents and the newcomer, Mark Miller, is running in part because longtime Sheriff Don Kirkendall is retiring.
In Marion County, the situation is reversed. Only Republicans filed for the primary elections. Three are seeking the two supervisors' seats on the ballot, including an incumbent. As in Wapello County, there will be a new person in the sheriff's office. Sheriff Ron Goemaat did not file for re-election.
The absence of a party from the primary elections does not definitively mean there will be an uncontested election in the fall. But in Marion County, Democratic Chair Anita Martin has said she is unsure whether the party will field candidates.