Two incumbents unseated in school voting

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Two area school board elections saw incumbents being beat out by opposition Tuesday, and one district welcomes in a new board member from write-in votes. The votes have not been canvassed yet so the vote counts are still considered unofficial.

In Storm Lake, David Jennett, running unopposed for a seat left by Leslie Cutler, received 112 votes. There were six write-in votes cast.

Dave Turnquist, incumbent at Alta, will return to the board receiving 189 votes. A second seat, left by president Val Rosenthal, will be filled by write-in candidate Dr. Greg Kueny, who received 96 of the 280 write-in votes cast.

Other write-ins for the Alta district receiving votes were Gigi Nelson, 86 votes, Lyle Fast, 61 and John Held, 31. Six other persons received write-in votes.

In Laurens-Marathon, where there had been a great deal of controversy in the district in the wake of a decision not to renew the contract of the former principal, there was a tight race. Current board president Brett Bargloff was defeated by Bridget Bailey with an unofficial count of 242 to 256.

The incumbent at Schaller-Crestland, Lance Wedeking, was also defeated in his race to stay on the board by Brian Kenny, with a vote count of 148 to 269.

Incumbent Jared Hayes will remain on the board at Albert City-Truesdale School. He received 82 votes and ran unopposed.

At Newell-Fonda, current president of the board Roger Sarchet ran unopposed and received 89 votes. Voters also voted yes for a five-year Physical Plant and Equipment Levy to continue in the district and voted yes to the revenue purpose statement, which is necessary to detail the use of sales tax revenue.

Incumbent Jeannette Hasley received 50 votes in the Sioux Central election. She ran unopposed.

There were no surprises in the Aurelia election. Current board president Dan Winterhof received 49 votes to secure another term on the board. Brad Rohwer ran unopposed to fill a second seat that was given up by Susan Corderman. He also received 49 votes.

In the Galva-Holstein election, incumbents Steph Egger, District 7; Stuart Else, District 5; and Curt Vogt, District 2 all ran unopposed and all three were voted back in. There were 64 voters, and Egger received 62 votes, Else 61 and Vogt 57.

Voters in Linn Grove and Peterson also had the opportunity to vote for an Iowa Lakes Community College candidate as well. Howard Kyle received eight votes while Michael Chozen received seven.

Voters in Alta, Rembrandt and Sioux Rapids had the chance to vote for an Iowa Central Community College candidate. Terry Wessels' name was on the ballot. He received 113 votes in Alta, eight in Rembrandt and 16 in Sioux Rapids.

Commissioner of Election Karen Strawn revealed the voter percentage was low in Buena Vista County, with few races. There were a total of 599 voters in the county. Alta had the highest percentage of voters turning out in the county with 12.1 percent or 248 voters, thanks to the spirited write-in effort. There was a 7.8 percent voter turnout in the Albert City-Truesdale election with 83 votes cast.

Newell-Fonda's election brought out 92 voters or 5.2 percent of those registered and Sioux Central had 52 voters or 2.8 percent of the total registered.

Storm Lake had the lowest turnout with just 1.9 percent or 117 voters total.

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