Hilpipre gets GOP nod for treasurer

A longtime Hamilton County treasurer’s office employee will be on the ballot in November for the general election following her victory in the primary race Tuesday.

Joni Hilpipre of Webster City earned the most votes in the race, garnering a total of 520 votes compared to 181 votes cast for her opponent, Mike Myers, Webster City.

A total of 701 votes were cast in the treasurer’s primary. Hilpipre received 74.18 percent of the vote while Myers received 25.82 percent, according to unofficial election results from Hamilton County Commissioner of Elections Kim Schaa.

“I’m very excited,” Hilpipre said, adding that she wanted to thank all of the people who voted in the primary election.

“Thanks to everyone who supported me and I look forward to their continued support in November,” she said.

Hilpipre said she began working at the Treasurer’s Office in 1975. Since then, she has worked with five county treasurers.

“With my experience, I will able to take over the office of treasurer immediately without any interruption of service to Hamilton County,” Hilpipre said at a League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum.

The current treasurer, Shari Vermett, has announced her intention to retire at the end of 2014.

Myers is a longtime Webster City resident. He has a business administration and finance degree and a pre-law degree. He told those attending the candidates’ forum that he has enjoyed working at local businesses including Shopper’s Supply and Casey’s because he gets to interact with the public.