Voters will pick the Democratic and Republican party nominees for Congress and the Iowa Legislature in today's primary election. But most local voters won't really have any decisions to make.
That's because there is just one contested primary election in any of the legislative races that affect Webster County.
That race is on the Republican ballot in House District 10, which includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties plus western Webster County. There, Maison Bleam, of Twin Lakes, is running against state Rep. Tom Shaw, R-Laurens. Shaw is seeking his second term.
There are no Democratic candidates in that district.
The district was created by last year's reapportionment and includes some of the territory now served by state Rep. David Tjepkes, R-Gowrie. Tjepkes decided against running again and will retire when his term expires at the end of this year.
Here is a summary of the other races on today's ballots.
This district, which includes Webster County and all of its surrounding counties, was created during last year's reapportionment. That redistricting will leave Iowa with four members of the U.S. House of Representatives instead of the current five.
Christie Vilsack, of Ames, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.
House District 9
The race for House District 9 will apparently be a rematch from the 2010 election.
State Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination. She is seeking her sixth term.
Matt Alcazar, of Fort Dodge, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.
In 2010, Miller defeated Alcazar. At the time, they were competing in House District 49. Now they're running in a new district created by last year's reapportionment.
House District 9 includes Badger, Clare, Duncombe, Fort Dodge, Vincent and rural areas of northern Webster County.
House District 48
A state senator is trying to move to the House of Representatives in this district.
State Sen. Rob Bacon, R-Maxwell, is unopposed for the Republican nomination. Bacon, a funeral director, is in his first term in the Senate. He opted to run for the House after reapportionment placed him in the same district with state Sen. Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock.
Becky Perkovich, of Napier, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Perkovich is a freelance photographer making her first run for political office.
House District 48 includes Hamilton County, southeast Webster County, northeastern Boone County and northwestern Story County. In Webster County, the district includes the communities of Coalville, Dayton, Lehigh and Otho.
Senate District 24
State Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn, R-Boone, is the sole candidate for the Republican nomination in this district. He is seeking his fifth term.
The lone Democratic candidate is Shelly Stotts, a math teacher from Boone.
Senate District 24 includes Boone, Greene and Hamilton counties, northwestern Story County and southeastern Webster County.
Odd-numbered Senate districts, such as Senate District 5, which will be represented by state Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, are not on the ballot in this year's election.