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Citizens make their picks for municipal offices, Jesup opts for new mayor

Citizens make their picks for municipal offices, Jesup opts for new mayor

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Jesup resident Janette Kester, left, delivers her ballot Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Jesup.

JESUP | Voters in Jesup on Tuesday ousted incumbent Mayor David Bishop, selecting challenger Larry Thompson instead by a vote of 361 to 167.

In City Council races, voters filled three at-large seats. The top vote-getters were Richard Mott, 436, Russ Solomon, 327, and Dawn Vogel, 380. Others on the ballot included John Crawford, 176, and Darren Engbretson, 145.

Janette Kester was among those making her picks in what officials described as fairly heavy turnout.

"Because I think it's important to vote so if things don't go the way I like, at least I've done my part," she said.

Kester liked the selection on the ballot but went in the polling site with clear intentions.

"And I knew who I wanted to vote for, so I had no problems," she added.

Resident Peggy Alexander also viewed the election as significant and said she was hoping for a change.

"Because I'm tired of all the complaining at the council meetings, so I stopped going," she said.

Alexander said she is trying to be optimistic the election heals long-standing fissures in the community.

"Hopefully. We'll see who they get in there this time. Because it's very divided -- and I've only lived here five years," she said.

Denver voters had just one contest to decide -- and it proved narrowly close. For mayor, Mark Richmann got 61 votes and Jeremie Peterson collected 60. There were 5 write-ins, according to unofficial results.

Voters across Northeast Iowa made their call Tuesday, sorting favored candidates from also-rans in municipal elections across Northeast Iowa.

Races in many communities, however, featured no candidates or an insufficient number to fill vacancies. For instance in Stout -- population 227 -- no one signed up to be on the ballot for mayor or for three vacant council positions.

"The current mayor in Stout is Joe Rich. The City Council is made up of John Ross, Deanne Ross and Shirley Rogers," said Rhonda Deters, Grundy County auditor and commissioner of elections.

"No one submitted papers to be listed on the ballot for this election. The new mayor and council members will be decided by the write in votes at this election," Deters added.

Morrison and Wellsburg, also in Grundy County, both had similar situations. Each city needed a mayor and two council members, but neither town fielded any candidates for Tuesday's election.

In Stanley in Buchanan County, no names were on ballots for mayor or for five council positions.

On the other hand, the electoral cup overflowed in some towns.

Voters in Newhall in Benton County shifted through seven candidates vying for five seats at the council table. Jan Mattson, though, was the lone candidate to be Newhall's mayor.

The field was crowded as well in Clarksville. Four residents in that in Butler County community competed for the mayor's gavel, and six went after two council positions.

In Chickasaw County, voters in Nashua had two candidates for mayor, but eight people went after three council positions. And in Buchanan County, folks in Aurora could pick from eight names to fill five council seats.

Turnout was light in Bassett, a small town in Chickasaw County. The town's 65 residents cast just seven ballots -- and the top four council candidates each got seven votes. The council needs five people, however, so write-in Harvey Kaiser appears the likely winner with 4 votes.

Unofficial results follow:

BENTON COUNTY

Atkins

Council: Rodney Haerther, 94, with 177 write-ins

Council, to fill vacancy: Nathan Shepard, 111, with 27 write-ins.

Belle Plaine

Mayor: David Fish, 140

Council, at-large: Mary Pech, 122

Council, District 2: 35 write-ins

Park board: 83 write-ins

Blairstown

Mayor: Rodney Kubichek, 31

Council (vote for two): Scott Metz, 29, and Nick Mokas, 31

Garrison

Mayor: Allan Lindsey, 21

Council (vote for two): Doug Kearns, 25, and Marvin Trimble Jr., 31

Keystone

Mayor: Michael Seeck, 34

Council (vote for two): Michael Kaiser, 36, and Richard Loy, 37

Luzerne

Mayor: John Brandt, 11

Council (vote for five): Kelly Kendall, 12; Lorin Potter, 11; Rick Rupp, 12; and Ryan Rupp, 7; with 16 write-ins

Mount Auburn

Mayor: 24 write-ins but names not avialable 

Council (vote for five): Justin Hendryx, 32; Marty Kramer, 32; Michelle Oldfather, 29; and Dean Vrba, 32; with 25 write-ins

Newhall

Mayor: Jan Mattson, 117

Council (vote for five): Doug Boddicker, 107; Ruby Carolan, 90; Skyler Childers, 71; Gerald Gessner, 102; Mark Lnenicka, 54; Bill Much, 114; and Douglas Rinderknecht, 128

Norway

Mayor: Martin Schulte, 76; and Bruce Volz, 55

Council (vote for two): Jay Hahn, 76, and Loras Schulte, 100

Shellsburg

Mayor: Danny Roehr, 144

Council (vote for two): David Galli, 46, and Tim Peters, 146, with 115 write-ins

Urbana

Mayor: Duane Eldred, 87, and David Tuttle, 68

Council (vote for three): Jamie Duart, 106; Chandra Lamphier, 95; Mike Smith, 110; and Richard Wendel, 97

Van Horne

Mayor: Martin Junge, 62

Council (vote for two): Connie Donald, 61, and Henry Hoopes, 64

Vinton

Mayor: Bud Maynard, 428, and John Watson, 466

Council, at-large: Tamara Stark, 754

Council, at-large, to fill vacancy: Ted Jessen, 264, and Brian Parr, 605

Council, District 2: Ronald Elwick, 103

Council, District 3, to fill vacancy: Zachary Parmater, 232

Council, District 4: Chris Bendull, 107, and Nathan Hesson, 116

Public measure A: To establish a municipal cable communications, Internet and television system -- yes, 793, and no, 104

Public measure B: To determine management and control of the system with Vinton Municipal Utilities board of trustees -- yes, 739, and no, 152

Walford

Mayor: Randy Bauer, 59

Council (vote for three): Jesse Bergmeier, 38; Todd Gibbs, 36; Michael Huber, 47; and Jeff Kane, 45

BREMER COUNTY

Denver

Mayor: Mark Richmann, 61, and Jeremie Peterson, 60, with 5 write-ins.

Frederika

Mayor: write-in Neil Whitney, 41

Council, at-large (vote for two): Amber Johnson, 45, and Elaine Johnson, 53

Council, to fill vacancy: write-ins Duane Meihost, 7; Wesley Hicok, 3; Eugene Lampe, 2; Tamara Rosol, 6

Public measure: Franchise agreement with Iowa Regional Utilities Association, doing business as Central Iowa Water Association, granting 40-year franchise to build, operate and maintain a non-mandatory connection public water supply -- yes, 49; and no, 35

Janesville

Mayor: Sandi Carroll, 44

Council, at-large (vote for two): Chris Robinson, 50; and write-ins James Mackay, 12; Travis Crew, 2; Tim West, 2; and Brian Dix, 3;

Plainfield

Mayor: Thomas Geise, 59

Council, at-large (vote for three): Jamie Downing, 33; David Lehman, 40; and Chad Shurtleff, 24; with 32 write-ins.

Public measure: To amend ordinances governing the library board of trustees -- yes, 57; and no, 4

Readlyn

Mayor: Dan Wedemeier, 116

Council, at-large (vote for three): Nicole Barnes, 137; Barry Forsch, 130; and Barry Wittenburg, 126

Sumner

Mayor: David Meighan, 96, and Dave Waskow, 351

Council, at-large (vote for two): Linda Meier, 342, and write-ins Mary Burgart, 154; Morgan Bergman, 16; and Jackie Schlatter, 16

Park commissioner: write-in Jackie Schlatter, 171

Public measure: Authorizing a change in use of 1 percent local sales and services tax effective Feb. 1, 2016 -- yes, 290, and no, 68

Tripoli

Mayor: Brendt Bernard, 280, and Amanda Williams, 53

Council, at-large (vote for two): Dan Burkett, 248; Troy Kingsbury, 91; and Jordan Ladage, 299

Waverly

Mayor: Charles Infelt, 1,285; and Duane Liddle, 506

2nd Ward: Bob Brunkhorst, 200; and Daniel McKenzie, 268

4th Ward (vote for one): Adam Hoffman, 94; Mike Sherer, 231; and Ed White, 58

At-large: Gerald Kapler, 698; and Edith Waldstein, 1,091

Hospital trustee (vote for three): Gloria Campbell, John Johnston and Susan Kosche Vallem

BUCHANAN COUNTY

Aurora

Mayor: Jean Kivell, 21

Council (vote for five): Dale Buckman, 27; Shelly Dawson, 25; Jody Gage, 23; Deborah Hundley, 22; Jerry Meyers, 24; Richard Rau, 23; Tammy Schweitzer, 31; and David Young, 43

Brandon

Mayor: Guy Stacy, 47

Council (vote for three): Travis Cornwell, 37; Dennis Halligan, 38; and Patrick Lehman, 45

Fairbank

Mayor: Bill Cowell, 148

Council (vote for two): Tamara Erickson, 79; Ronald Miller, 80; and Ronald Woods, 122

Council, to fill a vacancy: Gregory Harter, 92, and Tina Robinson, 74

Hazleton

Mayor: Gerald VandeVorde, 78

Council (vote for two): Amy Ekstrand, 58; Christopher Hayzlett, 59; and Toy McAllister, 55

Independence

Council, at-large: Karen Connell, 274, and Robert Hill, 388

2nd Ward: Denny Vaughn, 110, and Dave Winger, 51

4th Ward: Dustin Dallenbach, 83, and Debra Hanna, 50

Jesup

Mayor: David Bishop, 167, and Larry Thompson, 361

Council, at-large (vote for three): John Crawford, 176; Darren Engbretson, 145; Richard Mott, 436; Russ Solomon, 327; and Dawn Vogel, 380

Lamont

Mayor: Eleanor McGraw Riley, 44

Council, at-large (vote for two): JoDee Devlin, 28, and Mary Ann Dozark, 38

Quasqueton

Mayor: Chad Staton, 69

Council, at-large (vote for three): Terry Kress, 66; William Kress, 65; Shelia Payne, 74; and Tom Webb, 59

Rowley

Mayor: Rita Knutson, 23; and Sue Orr Webster, 48

Council (vote for three): Kathy Hemsath, 66; Terri Janaszak, 64; and Lisa Parizek, 68

Stanley

Mayor:

Council (vote for five):

Winthrop

Mayor: Gerald Dennie, 36

Council (vote for three):  Ann Myers, 34; Leland Sprague, 33; and Lee White, 35

BUTLER COUNTY

Aredale

Mayor: Jack Bolles

Council (vote for three): Claudia Bolles, Michael Olesen and Rita Olesen

Allison

Mayor: Scot Henrichs

Council (vote for three): James Blockhus, Janis Cramer, Jerry Platter and Dwight Poppen

Aplington

Mayor: Jason Mehmen

Council (vote for two): Randall Hanson and Alan Meyer

Council, to fill a vacancy: Deb Jacobs

Bristow

Mayor:

Council (vote for five): Joyce Fenneman, Curt Lewis, Dennis Palmer, Nancy Rieken, Shane Schipper, Kevin Snyder and Tim Winkowitsch

Clarksville

Mayor: Kai Brost, Todd Doty, Jason Havlik and Val Swinton

Council (vote for two): Roger Doty, Jeff Kolb, Amy Learn, Jessica Reints, Kenneth Smith and Milo Tvedt

Dumont

Mayor: Edwin Mouw

Council (vote for three): Brenda Blohm Baldwin, Reid Menken and Chris Showalter

Greene

Mayor: James O'Brien

Council (vote for two): Benjamin Backer, Marilyn Folkers and Audrey Smith

New Hartford

Mayor: John Anderson

Council (vote for two): Gordon Ballhagen

Parkersburg

Council (vote for three): Karen Anderson-Webber, Dan Bruns, Chad Buss, Klint Knock, Melodie McLean and Leon Thome

Council, to fill a vacancy: John Heffner and Harlan Schuck

Shell Rock

Mayor: Larry Young

Council (vote for three): Donald Bonzer, Mike Klinefelter, Rosalee Meyer and Edward Willert 

CHICKASAW COUNTY

Alta Vista

Mayor: Everett Tenge, 31

council (vote for two): Amy Laures, 28, with 7 write-ins for Jim McAvoy

Bassett

Mayor: James Ashley, 7

Council (vote for five): Sandra Idler, 7; Carol Johnson, 7; Laura Kaiser, 7; and Pamela Lore, 7; with 4 write-ins for Harvey Kaiser and 2 write-ins for Dale Tenge

Fredericksburg

Mayor: Shain Kroenecke, 172

Council (vote for two): Sheriton Dettmer,118; Jesse Njus, 59; Ralph Schultz, 95; and Dean Speicher, 138

Ionia

Mayor: David Swenumson, 28

Council (vote for three): Derek Day, 28; Randy Taylor, 27; and Linus Voves, 25

Lawler

Mayor: Mark Mueterthies, 42

Council (vote for three): John Izer, 39; Dale King, 32; and Jeremy Scheidel, 38

Nashua

Mayor: Butch Betsinger, 81, and Angelina Dietz, 298

Council (vote for three): Zach Huffman, 157; Juanita Johnson, 134; Ryan Jung, 190; Kyle Lane, 178; Robert Mehmen, 119; James Mosley, 20: Brenda Roberts, 199; and April Smith, 166

New Hampton

Mayor: Duane Devine, 283

Council, at-large: Joe Denner, 172, and Debra Larsen, 155

Council, at-large: Jill Eike, 288

1st Ward: Cory McDonald, 70

2nd Ward: Scott Perkins, 59

3rd Ward: write-in Scott Carey, 34

4th Ward: Bruce Diiro, 82

Park and Rec Commission (vote for three: Perry Laures, 299; Steve Murray, 263; and Andrea Rochford, 273

North Washington

Mayor: David Geerts, 14

Council (vote for three): Jack Seelhammer, 14; Jason Tenge, 13; and Vincent Tenge, 14

FAYETTE COUNTY

Arlington

Mayor: Donald Handel, 29

Council (vote for three): Gary Heaton, 32; Dustin Schott, 31; and Sherri Seedorff, 29

Clermont

Mayor: James Matt, 104

Council (vote for two): Dina Taylor, 66; Randy Wiedenhoff, 61; and Troy Schott, 85

Elgin

Council (vote for three): Ronald Hills, 104; Alex Poppenhagen, 100; and write-in Mike Baker, 62

Fayette

Mayor: Andrew Wenthe, 133, and Daniel Boberg, 64

Council (vote for five): Curtis Larson, 103; Todd Sorensen, 108; Kris McGrane, 167; Tiffany Kragnes, 134; Patricia Nefzger, 130; and Rich Patrick, 155

Hawkeye

Mayor: Donald Kelly, 39

Council (vote for two): Angela Weidemann, 40, and write-in Ben Menne, 19

Maynard

Mayor: Dan Howard, 70

Council (vote for two): Jim Byerly, 47; Scott Baker, 57; and Darise Donat, 41

Oelwein

Mayor: Peggy Sherrets, 437

Council, at-large: Darin Christensen, 319, and Paul Ryan, 268

1st Ward: Matt Weber, 147

3rd Ward: Lou Ann Milks, 103

Randalia

Mayor: Mark Amos, 13

Council (vote for three): Jeffrey Winkie, 14; Dean Teague, 13; and write-in Valerie Koch, 2

St. Lucas

Mayor: James Rausch, 39

Council (vote for five): Terry Costigan, 29; Susan Franzen, 41; Janet Kuennen, 34; David Anderson, 36; Kurt Huinker, 36; Wilma Meyer, 35; and Sam Schmitt, 30

Wadena

Mayor: Jared Kent, 40

Council (vote for three): Richard Aeschliman, 35; Randall Weber, 36; and Cameron McDowell, 37

Waucoma

Mayor: David Klimesh, 46

Council (vote for five): Mark Schmitt, 39; Nicholas Lauer, 47; Kevin Kleve, 34; Faye Winter, 40; and write-in Sam Wenthold, 27

Westgate

Mayor: Don Bushaw, 21, and Gene Rubendall, 35

Council (vote for three): Bruce Mueller, 38; Stuart Fuhs, 31; Debra Cowell, 35; and Eric Wolff, 48

West Union

Mayor: Kent Halverson, 145

Council, at-large: Kennon Gumm, 131

2nd Ward: Cam Granger, 40

3rd Ward: Andrew Smith, 51

GRUNDY COUNTY

Beaman

Council: Brenda Heitmeyer, 18, and David Moorman, 19

Conrad

Mayor: Jeff Martin, 40

Council (vote for three): Peg Brown, 38; Ryan Callaway, 40; and Todd Schnathorst, 38

Dike

Mayor: Michael Soppe, 81

Council: Luke Osterhaus, 74; Mike Camarata, 12; Sam Kollasch, 12; Dan Schmitz, 10; Josh Patton, 10; Jeff Jensen, 5; and Tawana Wienkes, 4

Grundy Center

Mayor: Brian Buhrow, 100

Council (vote for three): Mike Ammerman, 99; Alan Kiewiet, 101; and Janetta Miller-Buck, 91

Park board: write-in Corey Scott, 41

Holland

Mayor: Scott Borchardt, 37

Council (vote for three): write-in candidates Jerry Schoolman, 21; Dan Blythe, 18; Charles Kruse, 15; Jill Borchardt, 3; and Jim Beck, 2

Morrison

Mayor: write-in David Hach, 32

Council (vote for two): write-ins Jeremy Wittgreve, 31, and Louis Hartke, 25

Reinbeck

Mayor: Tim Johnson, 202, and write-in Ash Larsen, 178

Council (vote for two): Brian Bunz, 324; Angie Schwartz, 304; and write-ins Darren Hasselman, 36, and Michelle Knaack, 2

Council: Jaimie Eiffler, 312, and write-ins Darren Hasselman, 10, and Michelle Knaack, 7

Library board (vote for two): write-ins Kathy Etringer, 84, and Susan Messerly, 67

Stout

Mayor: write-in Joe Rich, 29

Council (vote for three): write-ins Barb Engle, 31; Jamie Odell, 26; and Deanne Ross, 25

Wellsburg

Mayor: write-ins Camie Nederhoff, 57, and Jeff Rae, 11

Council (vote for two): write-ins Lance VanHeiden, 44; Steve Hippen, 41; and Rick Buseman, 29

HOWARD COUNTY

Cresco

Mayor: Mark Bohle, 399, and Troy Cleveland, 272

1st Ward: Corey Baldwin, 76, and Teresa McGee, 122

3rd Ward: Jan Carman, 188

At-large: David Brenno, 467, and John Loveless, 203

Chester

Mayor: Thomas Cray, 17

Council (vote for three): Jeanne Brockney, 13, and Chris Keller, 19, with 11 write-ins for William Reed

Elma

Mayor: Jerry Steven, 61

Council (vote for two): Terry Granahan, 68; Daniel Drahn, 15; and Emily Ptacek, 12

Council: Daniel Drahn, 45; and Emily Ptacek, 32

Lime Springs

Mayor: write-in Kevin Bill, 20, and write-in Chris Chilson, 10

Council: Brian Johnson, 70, and write-in Todd Mensink, 50

Protivin

Mayor: Mike Lensing, 40

Council: James Panos, 38, and Adam Polashek, 44

MITCHELL COUNTY

Carpenter

Mayor: Eric Wilson, 27, and Julie Lindley, 17

Council (vote for five): Jerry Bublitz, 20; Ty Peterson, 28; Tom DeBower, 25; Tim Johnson, 25; and Arik Finch, 25

McIntire

Mayor: Randy Butterfield, 9, and Tony Koenigs, 8

Council (vote for five): Mark Kramer, 16; Tad Tetzner, 13; Joe Koenigs, 9; Rick Derry, 7; and Randy Butterfield, 7

Mitchell

Council (vote for three): Tony Huebsch, 38; Randy Kamp, 43; and Vickie Ricketts, 24

Orchard

Mayor: Kyle Hobbs, 7

Council (vote for two): Ron Muhlenbruck, 6; Mark McGivern, 3; Sarah Repp, 2; Aaron Martin, 2; and Kyle Popp, 1

Osage

Mayor: Steven Cooper, 86

1st Ward: Judy Voaklander, 32

2nd Ward: Rick Bodensteiner, 26

3rd Ward: Brian Adams, 12

Council, at-large: Kurt Elliott, 90

Council, at large, to fill a vacancy: Ross Grafft, 93

Park commissioner: John Michels, 94

Riceville

Mayor: Dean Eastman, 98

Council (vote for two): Harold Jensen, 114; and Jordan Oulman, 110

Stacyville

Council (vote for three): Roger Hemann, 33; Amanda Adams, 30; and Robert Brumm, 37

St. Ansgar

Mayor: David Tollefson, 127

Council (vote for three): Michael Esdohr, 114; Paul Groth, 99; and Rose Krahenbuhl, 125; and William Squier, 75

TAMA COUNTY

Chelsea

Mayor: Craig Forcht, 25

Council (vote for five): Aaron Balvin, 24; Dixie Forcht, 27; and Steven VanDeWalle, 25

Clutier

Mayor: Gordon Fassett, 52

Council (vote for five): Barbara Baseman, 21; Karen Guglielmetti, 49; Blake Pearson, 39; Linda Pearson, 52; Cathy Vest, 27; Krista Walker, 51; and DeAnn Weber, 32

Dysart

Mayor: Pamela Thiele, 69

Council (vote for two): Stacey Dabney, 82, and Mary Wankowicz, 79

Elberon

Mayor: Elmer Chalupsky, 16, and Timothy Miller, 19

Council (vote for two): Linn Snell, 12, and Bruce Swyter, 19

Garwin

Mayor: Wilfred Karsjen, 66

Council (vote for three): Jane Jordebrek, 68; Tom Podhajsky, 52; and Leonard Untiedt, 54

Gladbrook

Mayor: Keith Sash, 82

Council (vote for two): Scott Schmidt, 80, and Trudi Scott, 84

Lincoln

Mayor: Trent Wentzien, 23

Council (vote for five): Michelle Clark, 23; John Eilers, 26; Eric Moore, 19; and Vance Sebbert, 20

Montour

Mayor: Susan Eberhart, 10

Council, to fill a vacancy: Bill Eberhart, 18

Tama

Mayor: Dan Zimmerman, 146

Council (vote for three): Randy Fairchild, 17; Aaron Haughey, 109; John Jacoby, 30; Kenny McAdoo, 119; Brian Oliver, 78; and Robert Tyynismaa, 119

Toledo

Mayor: David Svoboda, 144

2nd Ward: Joe Boll, 30

Council, at-large: Curt Raue, 54, and Steve Vesely, 150

Traer

Mayor: Peter Holden, 89

Council (vote for three): Carri Holst, 91; Dahn Kennedy, 84; and Raymond Murty, 86

WINNESHIEK COUNTY

Calmar

Mayor: Keith Frana, 86

Council, at-large: Jeanie Kirkeberg, 56; Brian Ondrashek, 60; Linus Sabelka, 65

Castalia

Mayor: Margaret Jones, 25

Council (vote for three): Larry Brockway, 26; Wayne Corlett, 29; Dennis Wilkins, 34

Decorah

Council, at-large: Kirk Johnson, 866, and James McIntosh, 411

2nd Ward: Dan Bellrichard, 252

3rd Ward, to fill a vacancy: Andy Carlson, 303

4th Ward: write-ins Steve Luse, 27, and Bill Wagner, 7

Park and Rec board (vote for three): Kathy Bakken, 1,119; Richard Gaard, 1,039; and Jeff O'Gara, 995

Fort Atkinson

Mayor: Paul Herold, 62

Council (vote for three): Kevin Karnik, 5; Kay Schmitt, 58; Paul Schmitt, 65; David Schneiter, 48; and Lori Jo Schroeder, 44

Jackson Junction

Mayor: Mae Schmitt, 10

Council (vote for five): Ken Kriener, 11; Art Perry, 11; Lana Schmitt, 11; Richard Vrzak, 10; and Rodney Vrzak, 11

Ossian

Mayor: write-ins Earl Meyer, 39, and Bill Green, 164

Council (vote for three): Daniel Langreck, 185; Troy Troge, 34; and write-ins Bryan Beckman, 132; Susan Lienau, 123; Janet Monroe, 81; and Ree Meyer, 25

Ridgeway

Mayor: Paul Stevens, 9

Council (vote for three): Allyn Linderbaum, 9; Sue Schnur, 8; Rosemary Vopava, 9

Spillville

Mayor: Michael Klimesh, 58

Council (vote for two): Darrell Schmitt, 56, and Renee Wagner, 55

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