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Vote Today In Palo Alto School Board Elections

By Staff | Sep 9, 2008

Today, Tuesday, Sept. 9, Iowans will head to the polls to cast their ballots for their local school board candidates. There is just one contested race among area school boards; that race is in the West Bend-Mallard Community School District.

Polls throughout Palo Alto County open at 12 Noon and close at 8 p.m.

In the Emmetsburg Community School District, voters may cast their ballots at the Palo Alto County Election Center on South Broadway (across from Food Pride) in Emmetsburg. In the Graettinger-Terril Community School District, patrons may vote at the Graettinger Public Library, and in the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District, voters may cast their ballots at Ruthven Social Center. West Bend-Mallard Community School District patrons can vote at two locations–Mallard area residents should vote at the Mallard Community Center, and West Bend area residents should vote at the West Bend Public Library.

Otherwise, county residents who want to cast absentee ballots in the school board elections may visit the Auditor’s Office in the Palo Alto County Courthouse, and vote between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. today.

In the Emmetsburg Community School District, the seats of Scott Dettmann and Kent Egland are up for re-election. Dettmann chose not to run for re-election to a three-year term. Laure Oppenheimer is the only candidate who has filed nomination papers for Dettmann’s seat. Kent Egland runs unopposed for re-election to a one-year term.

Incumbent board members of the Graettinger-Terril Community School District, Duane Hoffman and Roger Schmidt, run unopposed for re-election to three-year terms.

In the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District, incumbent board member Dave Forey is up for re-election to a three-year term. Matthew Graves is running unopposed to fill the three-year term of Jill Williamson, who has chosen not to run for re-election.

The sole contested race, in the West Bend-Mallard Community School District, finds three people vying for two seats on the school board. Board President Pat Madsen did not file for re-election to his seat. Incumbent Charles Wirtz is running for re-election to his three-year term. Challengers Lannie Miller and Dawn Schmidt are also running for election to these three-year terms.

Also, voters residing in Director District VI of Iowa Lakes Community College will vote to fill the unexpired term of John Hand of Emmetsburg, a former trustee of the college. Patrick Kibbie of Emmetsburg was appointed to fill Hand’s unexpired term through the September elections. Kibbie has filed nomination papers to complete the remainder of Hand’s term, which ends in 2009.