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No Contested Races In School Board Filings

By Staff | Aug 4, 2009

The official filing period for the upcoming school board elections in Iowa closed on Friday, July 31, for candidates wishing to file nomination papers for elections. The 2009 School Board elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8. In Palo Alto County, each of the four school districts will have vacancies for election on their respective boards, as well as a seat on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees. Also, patrons of all four school districts will have the opportunity to vote on public measure questions.

In the Emmetsburg Community School District, the terms of board members Karla Anderson, David VanOosbree, and Kent Egland are up for re-election. VanOosbree and Egland have chosen to not run for re-election to their seats. Incumbent Karla Anderson will run unopposed for re-election to her seat on the board. Kimberly Campbell and Tamara L. Naig have also filed nomination papers for the remaining two openings on the board.

In addition, patrons of the Emmetsburg Community School District will vote on a public measure question for a Physical Plant & Equipment Levy of 67 cents.

In the Graettinger Community School District, the terms of board members Kevin Jensen and William Brown, Jr. are up for election. Brown has chosen to not run for re-election. Incumbent board member Kevin Jensen is running unopposed for re-election to his seat on the board. Wade Alesch has also filed nomination papers for the remaining opening on the board.

In addition, patrons of the Graettinger Community School District will vote on two public measure questions–one for a Physical Plant & Equipment Levy of $1, and the other for a Revenue Purpose Statement.

For the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District, the terms of board members Daniel Geelan, Barry Fischer, and Susan Sikora are up for election. Incumbents Fischer and Sikora have filed for re-election to the board, while board member Geelan did not file for re-election to his seat. Tammy Chapman has filed nomination papers for the other vacancy on the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School Board.

In addition, patrons of the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District will vote on a public measure question for a Physical Plant & Equipment Levy of 67 cents.

In the West Bend-Mallard Community School District, the terms of board members Vera Banwart, Doug Schwartzkopf, and Pat Vonnahme are up for election. Incumbents Schwartzkopf and Vonnahme will run unopposed for re-election to their seats on the board. Banwart did not file nomination papers and will not run for re-election to her seat. Wendell Schmidt has filed nomination papers for the remaining opening on the board.

In addition, patrons of the West Bend-Mallard Community School District will vote on a public measure question for a Physical Plant & Equipment Levy of $1.34.

Starting this year, school board members will be elected to serve four-year terms. Beginning with this fall’s 2009 election, elections will take place in odd-numbered years. Previously, school board members were elected to three-year terms, so some current board members are completing those terms or may have shorter terms due to the transition between systems.

Voters living in Director District VI (Emmetsburg, Ruthven-Ayrshire, and West Bend-Mallard) of Iowa Lakes Community College will be voting to elect Patrick Kibbie to his seat on the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees.

Any eligible electors who have not registered to vote or need to change their voter registration may do so prior to Sept. 4, in order to be able to vote in the school board elections.

For more information on school board elections, contact the Palo Alto County Auditor’s Office at (712) 852-2924.