Waterloo police chief wins county supervisors race

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WATERLOO, Iowa (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier) - Dan Trelka is the first Republican in a decade to win a seat on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.

The Waterloo police chief and incumbent Democrat Craig White won the two board seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s general election. The only other candidate on the ballot, Democrat Yeshimebet Abebe, finished a distant third.

Unofficial vote totals showed Trelka garnering 26,377 votes. That was 17 more than White, the current board chairman who will begin his fifth term in office in January.

Abebe, who had enjoyed a significant campaign fundraising advantage over her rivals, received 20,301 votes.

Trelka will be the lone Republican on the five-member board, which oversees county government. He is the first GOP supervisor to win an election since Scott Jordan in 2008.

View the original story on the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier's website.