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Overwhelming advantage

Primary election win presumptively clears Kunkel’s path to sheriff

IOWA CITY– Brad Kunkel will likely be Johnson County’s next sheriff.
Kunkel, a sergeant and the public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, defeated Al Fear, a sergeant with the Patrol Division of the Cedar Rapids Police Department, with an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote in a Democrat primary election Tuesday, June 2. Kunkel, of rural Solon, had 19,469 votes to 4,128 for Fear, a resident of Swisher.
“I’m very happy and humbled by the outcome of the election,” Kunkel wrote after the election. “I’m proud of the positive campaign we ran and I think the voters of Johnson County appreciated the effort as well as the message. I’m very grateful for the support across the county and I look forward to serving as the next Johnson County sheriff.”
There were no candidates for sheriff on the Republican ballot. Kunkel is currently unopposed in the November general election unless a Republican (or member of another party) mounts a write-in campaign.
Kunkel would succeed current Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.
Pulkrabek announced in February he would not seek reelection, and threw his hat into the ring for Iowa House District 73, which consists of eastern Johnson County including Solon, all of Cedar County, and the northern part of Muscatine County. Pulkrabek squares off against incumbent Republican Bobby Kaufmann in the November election.
There were 41 write-in votes, constituting less than one percent of the vote tally.