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Teresa Meyer

Teresa Meyer, candidate for House District 63

Teresa Meyer, a nurse and former Bremer County Democrats chairwoman, has earned her party's nomination for Iowa House District 63 after her opponent, Eric Stromberg, a substitute teacher, conceded the race Friday.

Initial reports had Stromberg ahead by 16 votes, but after discovery of a "formatting error," as Black Hawk County Auditor Grant Veeder called it, caused a misreporting of votes from seven precincts in northern Black Hawk County, Meyer took a 539-501 lead Thursday. Stromberg eventually received five more votes from late-arriving absentee ballots.

In a statement, Stromberg said that it's unlikely that enough ballots will be returned to eclipse Meyer's lead.

"It was a tough campaign and a close election, but not quite close enough to for me to call for a recount out of approximately 1,100 ballots," Stromberg said. "So I have decided to concede the Democratic primary for House District 63 and offer my congratulations to the Meyer campaign."

Meyer told Waverly Newspapers on Friday she hopes to continue her door knocking between now and the general election, when she will face incumbent state Rep. Sandy Salmon, a two-term Republican from Janesville.

Read full coverage in the Tuesday, June 14 edition of the Bremer County Independent.

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When most people went to bed Tuesday night, political newcomer Eric Stromberg was ahead in the Iowa House District 63 Democratic primary by a scant 16 votes.

However on Thursday, a computer glitch was discovered that caused incorrect reports of several counties' vote counts, including that of Black Hawk County, according to that county's auditor, Grant Veeder. The northern portions of that county and all of Bremer County make up the district currently represented by Janesville Republican Sandy Salmon.

The correction of the error ended up reversing the results from the original announcement. Teresa Meyer, a nurse and former Bremer County Democrats chairwoman, is the apparent nominee.

Meyer has 539 votes, or 50.4 percent, while Stromberg has 501, or 46.9 percent, as of Thursday. Bremer County Auditor Shelley Wolf reported that Stromberg received five more votes from absentee ballots received between Wednesday and Friday.

The results will be canvassed at 1 p.m. Monday by the Bremer County Board of Supervisors and on Tuesday by the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors, whose meeting starts at 9 a.m.

Read full coverage in the Tuesday, June 14 edition of the Bremer County Independent.