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Municipal Election Candidates Announced

September 26, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

With the close of the filing period on Sept. 21, the ballots are now set for the November 7 Municipal elections in Palo Alto County as well as the rest of the state.

Here is a breakdown of the municipal ballots for each of the nine communities in Palo Alto County to be decided on Nov. 7.


In Emmetsburg, the three incumbent City Council members are the only announced candidates for their respective seats: At-Large: Brian Campbell, Ward One: Mike Hermansen and Ward Three: Brian Malm. Each council seat is a four-year terms.


Residents in Ayrshire will have two incumbents on the ballot, as Mayor Jared Weller has filed for re-election to a two-year term of office. Incumbent council member Janelle Bendixen has also filed for re-election to her two-year term. For the second vacant council seat, Nick Heiman is the lone candidate for the office.


For the community of Curlew, the entire ballot will be filled with write-in candidates, as there are no announced candidates for the office of Mayor or the five city council seats.

Current Mayor Stacey Lomax, and Council members Catherine Stanek, Tanya Wirtz and Tasha Igou all chose not to run for re-election to their positions.


Incumbent Mayor Arnold C. Heng is the lone candidate for election to the Mayor's two--year term in Cylinder, while four incumbent city council members will run for re-election to their seats as well. Incumbents Deb Weisbrod, Cary Anderson, Kurt Bonnstetter and Harry Bormann all filed for re-election, while incumbent Kevin Long chose not to run again. The other announced candidate for the fifth council seat in Cylinder is Adam Kerr.


Voters in Graettinger will have the incumbent office holders to vote for on the ballot Nov. 7. Incumbent Mayor Monty Schany is the only announced candidate for the office, and incumbent council members Bruce Masters, Barbara (Teaner) Hoffman and Michael L. Flaherty all filed for re-election to their seats.


Mallard Mayor James Gehrt, the incumbent, is the only announced candidate for Mayor while all three incumbent council members filed for re-election to their seats. Those candidates are Karl R. Johnson, Amy Thompson and Jerome Schuller. However, a fourth candidate, Andy Wiita, has also filed for election to one of the three city council seats to create a contested election for voters to decide.


Residents of Rodman will be electing a Mayor to a two-year term, as the term of Mayor Jean Hyslop expires this year and she chose not to run for re-election to her position. All five incumbent city council members in Rodman filed for re-election to their seats for another two-year term. The incumbent council members are Danny Hutchison, Mark Besch, Rose Merideth, Ronald Thilges and Sean Leners.


Voters in Ruthven will be asked to vote for a two-year term for Mayor. Incumbent Mayor David J. Kirk's is the lone candidate on the ballot for the office. The two incumbent city council members, Jay Schoning and Mitch Anderson, have both filed for re-election to their seats, but will face a contest as Adam Kreutner has also filed for election to one of the two seats.

Additionally, Ruthven voters will be asked to fill two vacancies on the council created by resignation. Marcelle Simington was appointed to fill one position until the election, and is running as an incumbent for re-election. In addition, Terrence J. Williams has also filed for election to fill the other vacant seat on the council.

West Bend

In West Bend, incumbent Mayor Marilyn Schutz is the lone candidate for the office. Incumbent city council members Chris Newton and Grant Gearhart have both filed for re-election to their seats and face no announced challenges.

Additionally, West Bend residents will be asked to vote on Public Measure C: A Change in Allocation of the 1% Local Sales &?Services Tax.

The tax is already in effect and is not a new asking. Instead, the voters are being asked to vote "yes" or "no" to allow the revenues of the tax to be used for "any lawful purpose of the City of West Bend."



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