Dan Nieland Elected to Board of Supervisors - 2006
The Carroll Daily Times
Herald (exerpt), November 8, 2006
beats Frischmeyer for supervisor seat
Danzer elected to second term
By Butch Heman, Staff Writer
Dan Nieland's got
a great blueprint for building a successful election.
Score big close to home, and you'll prevail.
Nieland [son Eugene and Connie (Loneman) Nieland
and great grandson of John Gerhard Nieland 1840-1919] rode that
method to a Democratic primary victory over Paul Reicks of Carroll
for the 2nd District seat on the Board of Supervisors.
In Tuesday's general election, Nieland again had
more backyard buddies than his opponent, as he posted a 684-vote
win over Republican Marv Frischmeyer.
2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR
Large margins from precincts close to Nieland's
home proved to be the difference in the 2nd District, which spans
northern Carroll County.
He took nine of the
county's 13 precincts as well as the absentee vote in winning
with 54.9 percent (3,8383,154).
Dan Nieland takes a moment to chat with election worker Marceal
Wittry after voting Tuesday in Breda. Nieland defeated Marvin
Frischmeyer by 684 votes in the 2nd District Supervisor race.
Nieland will succeed Neil Bock, who decided not to run after four
terms on the board. (Photo by Jeff Storjohann)
The candidates split the city of Carroll, which
holds roughly half the county's voters. Frischmeyer tallied 46
more votes from Carroll's 1st and 3rd Wards, but Nieland scored
195 more from the other two, including a 149-point win from the
combined precinct of Carroll Ward 2 and the north half of Maple
River Township, closer to Nieland's home.
Nieland had his most decisive win in his home precinct
of Wheatland-Kniest, the two townships in the northwest corner
of the county. There he took 88 percent of the ballots, collecting
293 more votes than his competitor.
Besides a 150-vote edge from absentee and early
voters, Nieland also had margins of 94 votes in the Dedham-Willey
area, 58 votes in the Arcadia area, 32 votes in the Templeton
area, 28 votes in the Coon Rapids area, 19 votes in the Manning
area and 17 votes in the Halbur-Roselle area.
Other than his slight victories in two Carroll precincts,
Frischmeyer, who farms near Lidderdale, had an overall edge of
156 votes from two precincts comprised of five townships near
"It feels great," commented Nieland, a
50-year-old married father of five, who was celebrating the victory
with his family at Breda Golf Club late Tuesday.
"We knew it would be a tight, contested race.
Marv and I had a lot of similarities through the campaign. There
weren't a lot of differences between us. We both knew whoever
got out campaigning and knocking doors and getting the most people
to polls would pull this out."
Nieland said he and his family campaigned through
advertising, going door to door and making phone calls.
They also deployed a 21st century approach. Nieland
said his son Nathan, who's studying ag technology at Iowa Lakes
Community College, e-mailed his college-age friends and encouraged
them to register and vote early by absentee ballot - and, naturally,
to please vote for his dad.
"I give a lot of credit to my boy," Nieland
commented. "I think I got a lot of first-time voters that
"I thank all my family and friends. They helped
me win this. We did an extra push and that's probably what put
us over the top. And I couldn't have won without all the support
I got from the voters, especially up here" in the Breda area.
When Nieland is sworn into office Jan. 2, it will
be the first time in more than 20 years Carroll County doesn't
have a Republican supervisor. Danzer, chairman Gene Meiners of
Templeton, Neil Trobak of Carroll and Del McDermott of Carroll
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