Five Dems seek county recorder job

Five Democrats want to represent their party in the race for Webster County recorder this year.

They will face off in the June 3 primary.

Webster County Recorder Judy Cosgrove announced last week that she will retire at the end of her term. Cosgrove, a Democrat, has been the county recorder for 25 years. She has worked in that office since 1983.

Lindsay Boeckman, Stacy Gibbins, Beverly Davis, Lyn Adson and Bob Daniels have all filed nominating petitions to get on the June ballot.

The deadline for filing was Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will challenge Republican Shari Burke.

District 4 County Supervisor Merrill Leffler, a Republican, will run for re-election against Rod Halvorson, a Democrat.

County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman, Treasurer Jan Messerly and District 1 Supervisor Keith Dencklau are unopposed for re-election.


Boeckman, 24, of 2703 Williams Drive, is an accounting coordinator at Fort Dodge Hy-Vee. She got her bachelor’s degree at Northwest Missouri State in organizational communication.

Gibbins, 45, of 2015 Sixth Ave. N., works in human resources at Iowa Homecare. She has been an attorney’s legal aide, and has more than 20 years of experience as an executive assistant. She has an associate degree in business from John Wood Community College, Quincy Ill. She and her husband, Tony Gibbins, own Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning and Upholstry.

Davis, 58, of 715 N. 20th St., works through the temporary staffing agency QPF and recently had an assignment auditing records. She has 24 years of experience in the Webster County treasurer’s office, beginning in 1977. She has an associate of arts degree from Iowa Central Community College. She is also a licensed practical nurse and has done home health care.

Adson, 46, of 204 Marshall St., Vincent, is a grain recorder and scale operator for NEW Co-op. She and her husband, Donovan Adson, own Adson Auction. She is currently serving as mayor of Vincent, and has served on the City Council. She is also the Newark Colfax Township Fire Board secretary, a position she has held for eight years.

Burke, of Fort Dodge, is the owner of Studio Fusion. She was formerly a mortgage underwriter and was involved in real estate.

Daniels could not be reached by press time.


Leffler, 52, 420 Loomis Ave., was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012. He is a lifelong resident of Fort Dodge. He was in real estate for many years, and then owned Lefti’s Bar until May 2013. He is a full-time supervisor.

Leffler graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High and attended Iowa Central Community College. He was responsible for creating the county long-range capital improvements plan for the Board of Supervisors.

District 4 includes precincts 1, 3, 6 and 7 in north and east Fort Dodge.