Write-in votes elect several people
The Washington County Courthouse released the unofficial results from yesterday’s school board elections in Washington County.
Washington Community School District (WCSD) incumbents Patty Roe and Heidi Vittetoe, both of whom ran unopposed, will retain their seats on the school board.
Roe was running for the school board as an at-large candidate and received 125 votes, 95 from the Washington Precinct, 15 from the Brighton Precinct, and 15 from absentee ballots.
Vittetoe was running for District 5. She received 123 votes. Ninety-five came from the Washington Precinct, 14 from the Brighton Precinct, and 14 from absentee ballots.
In District 2, no one filed papers to run for the position, so it was left up to write-in votes. Terry Engelken received the highest number of write-in votes. He had 10 in the Washington Precinct and two in the Brighton Precinct. Engelken couldn’t be reached for comment as to whether or not he would serve on the school board.
For the Highland Community School District there are three new school board members and one incumbent returning.
Kevin Engel ran unopposed for District Three. He received 43 votes from the Ainsworth Precinct, 71 from the Riverside Precinct, and 13 absentee ballots, which gave him a total of 127 votes.
Rachel Longbine is a newcomer to the school board. She ran for District 1, which was formally held by Mike Roberts. Longbine received 46 votes from the Ainsworth Precinct, 69 votes from the Riverside Precinct, and 10 votes from absentee ballots. She had 125 votes altogether.
In District 4 Lois Schneider ran unopposed. She took over the two-year term Megan Allen had to leave due to re-districting last year. Schneider received 38 votes from the Ainsworth Precinct, 63 votes from the Riverside Precinct, and 8 absentee ballots, which totaled up to be 109 votes altogether.
District 5 was the only contested race. Incumbent Megan Allen lost to newcomer Laura Scheetz. Allen received 4 votes from the Ainsworth Precinct, 34 votes from the Riverside Precinct, and 4 from absentee ballots totaling up to be 42 votes. Scheetz received 102 votes. In the Ainsworth Precinct she received 43, in the Riverside Precinct she received 51, and from absentee ballots she received 8.
The Mid-Prairie School District will have three returning board members; Stacia Bontrager, Jim Hussey, and Jeremy Pickard.
Bontrager had 117 votes from the Kalona Precinct, 56 from the Wellman Precinct, 18 from the West Chester Precinct, and 4 absentee votes totaling 195 votes altogether.
Hussey received 139 votes in the Kalona Precinct, 50 in the Wellman Precinct, 11 in the West Chester Precinct, and 3 absentee ballots totaling to 203 votes.
Pickard received 172 votes in the Kalona Precinct, 73 in the Wellman Precinct, 17 in the West Chester Precinct, and 5 absentee ballot votes. He received 267 votes altogether.
Jeremy Statler will be new to the Mid-Prairie Community School District’s school board. He received 172 votes in the Kalona Precinct, 67 in the Wellman Precinct, 16 in the West Chester Precinct, and 3 absentee ballots. He received 258 votes altogether.
In Keota Community School District all positions were left to written-in votes because no one filed papers. The unofficial results came from the Keokuk County Elections Administrative Designee LuAnn L. Berger. Pat Hammen had the most votes for the Director of District 3. He received 102 written-in votes. For the Director of District 4 Naomi Gretter had the most votes. She received 100. In District 1 Billie Kindred received 67 votes to fill a two-year term that was vacated. All of these positions are dependable upon whether or not the winners accept the positions. If not, the school board would have to appoint people to fill the vacant seats, as reported in The Journal on Aug. 2.
The Kirkwood Public measure was on the ballot for continuance. It passed in all three school districts. One hundred and fourteen people voted yes for the continuance in WCSD, eight voted no. In the Highland Community School District 97 people voted yes and 26 voted no. In the Mid-Prairie Community School District 214 voted yes and 70 voted no.