Democrat Kirsten Running-Marquardt and Republican Mark Banowetz will face off in November’s general election

State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt, D-Cedar Rapids

Mark Banowetz, R-Ely

CEDAR RAPIDS — Democrat Kirsten Running-Marquardt of Cedar Rapids and Republican Mark Banowetz of Ely will be vying for the Linn County District 1 supervisor seat in the Nov. 8 general election.

Democrat Breanna Oxley, who finished 32 votes behind Running-Marquardt in the June 7 primary, told The Gazette she would not seek a recount in that contest.

Breanna Oxley

“After careful consideration and review of the poll (of the ballots), we have decided not to request a recount,” Oxley said.

Running-Marquardt won the three-way Democratic primary for the seat, with 1,807 votes to Oxley’s 1,775 votes. Former supervisor James Houser finished third, with 1,048 votes.

The winner of the November election will succeed Supervisor Stacey Walker, a Democrat, who did not seek re-election.

The newly redesigned District 1 covers southern Cedar Rapids and Linn County, including Ely and Fairfax.

Running-Marquardt, 44, represented House District 69 for 13 years at the Statehouse.

Banowetz, 64, is a business owner in Ely and a former member of the town council.

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