Robbins ekes out southern commissioner win

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

In the race for Southern Commissioner of Barry County, Gene Robbins eked out a 210-vote win over Wade Hermansen on Tuesday in the Republican Primary Election, earning him a spot on the General Election ballot.

With 1,949 votes (53 percent) Robbins moves forward with his campaign to face three-term incumbent Wayne Hendrix in November. Hermansen garnered 1,739 (48 percent)

Robbins said he appreciated everybody getting out and voting.

“A big thank you goes out to Wade Hermansen for running a clean race,” he said. “I got to know him and his family through this.”

Robbins said there is still a long way to go in the next three months before the November election.

“We are going to keep moving forward until November,” he said. “I would love to have Wade, his family and his voters to support us along the way.”

Robbins said a congratulations is in order to everyone who won tonight, and that it was a nail biter.

“We tried to keep a tally of the places we did poorly and we want to go out and talk to those folks,” he said. “There is always room for improvement.

“I’ll be knocking on doors and doing a lot of foot work in the next couple months.”

Robbins said he thanks all of his supporters, and a special thanks goes out to his wife, son and his campaign workers.

Hermansen said this was his first time running for the commission, and he is not sure if he will do it again.

“It is impossible to know what the future holds,” he said. “Situations and opportunities display themselves all the time.”

Hermansen said Robbins deserves congratulations for his victory.

“He worked hard and ran a strong campaign,” he said. “I wish him luck in November.”

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