Webster Co. Dems yet to set convention date

The Webster County Democratic Party must reconvene its convention to nominate a candidate for county attorney, but no date has been set yet.

The Webster County Republicans are also seeking a candidate for the position.

Webster County Attorney Cori Kuhn Coleman announced on Saturday she was withdrawing her name from the November ballot.

Jennifer Benson, who has served as first assistant Webster County attorney since June 2013, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the job.

Webster County Democratic Party chair Julie Geopfert said she anticipates the convention will be before the end of this month.

Only the approximately 30 people who participated in the convention on March 8 at the Lion’s Den, will be eligible to vote in this convention, she said.

Another person has contacted her with interest in the nomination, Geopfert said, but declined to identify the person.

The Webster County Republicans hope to nominate an attorney as well, said party chair Jamie Johnson.

“We are looking into that seriously, and we are considering attorneys in Webster County who are registered Republicans,” he said.

The Republicans also hope to reconvene as soon as possible – hopefully within the next month, Johnson said.

However, the county party will not do so unless at least one person is seriously interested in running.

“We believe the county legal affairs are too important to not have both major parties present a candidate for the voters,” he said.

Coleman was appointed Webster County attorney in June 2013. Before she withdrew from the race, she had been unopposed for the position.

She had served as first assistant Webster County attorney under Ricki Osborn, who resigned to take over a private practice. Coleman has been with the Webster County attorney’s office since 2006 when she joined the staff as an assistant attorney. In 2009, she was named second assistant and was promoted to first assistant in February 2013.

Coleman said Saturday that she and her family plan to move back to Des Moines to be closer to their family.