Cedar County is located in east central Iowa, a rural county with a population of 18,000. Tipton is the county seat and is centrally located with a population of 3,000. Cedar County has a strong agricultural economy along with a mix of small manufacturers and businesses which along with its close proximity to Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine and the Quad Cities provides great employment opportunities. Its residents take pride in their school districts, history and quality of life.
Though fairly conservative by nature, Cedar County’s residents, which includes 4,500 registered Democrats, gave President Obama and Congressman Dave Loebsack solid wins in 2012. In 2014 voters will elect 2 supervisors, a county attorney, recorder and treasurer to 4 year terms. In 2016 3 supervisors, the sheriff and auditor offices will be up for election for 4 year terms as well.
A map of Cedar County would show 17 townships assigned to 8 voting precincts. Left to right starting in the NW corner we have Linn/Pioneer which includes the community of Mechanicsville, next is Fremont/Red Oak including Stanwood, then Dayton/Fairfield which includes Clarence and Massillon/Springfield which is home to Lowden. West to east across the center is Cass/Center/Rochester/Iowa precinct followed by Inland precinct which is home to the town of Bennett. Starting in the SW corner you have Gower/Springdale precinct and then Sugar Creek/Farmington which includes Durant. The City of Tipton is divided into 3 precincts and West Branch rounds out the total of 12 precincts.
Cedar County was the site of the first free public school west of the Mississippi, located in Tipton and established in 1856, it included a high school. We continue to take great pride in our four public school districts. North Cedar is located along the Lincoln Highway( U.S. 30) and includes the Mechanicsville, Stanwood, Clarence and Lowden Communities. Tipton is located in the center of the county and was the progressive home of a junior college over a century ago. West Branch, the fastest growing district located near Iowa City, is also the birthplace and home to the Museum of President Herbert Hoover(1929-1933). Durant is located in the SE corner of the county near I 80 which crosses the county.