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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 16, 2018

Voting light for school election

By David Hotle | Aug 29, 2017



With two contested races in the Washington School District and one in the Mid-Prairie School District that will be decided during the Sept. 12 school board election, Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said so far only 55 absentee ballots had been cast.

Widmer does not believe this is an omen of an impending low turnout in the coming election. Absentee voting began on Aug. 11 and is continuing to be offered in the auditor’s office. Absentee voting may be done in person at the Washington County Auditor’s Office at the Courthouse in Washington. Auditor’s Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Alternatively, a ballot can be mailed to a voter if they fill out and submit a request form. The ballot request form may be obtained from the Washington County Auditor’s Office or the following websites: co.washington.ia.us or sos.iowa.gov. If requesting a ballot by mail, the signed request may be delivered or mailed to the Washington County Auditor, Box 889, Washington, IA 52353.

“I don’t know if it will pick up as we get closer to the big day and there is more attention or not,” Widmer said.

In two of the three districts there will be contested races. The only race not to be contested is in the Highland School District, in which Rachel Longbine is running for director of District 1. Megan Allen is also the sole candidate for the District 5 seat. There is no candidate for the open District 3 seat.

In the Washington School District, incumbent Dana McDole will face off against challenger Catherine Glinsmann for the District 2 seat. In the District 5 election, newcomer Kelly Wieland will face off against incumbent Heidi Vittetoe. Jason Hamilton is running unopposed for the director-at-large seat, currently held by Patty Roe who had announced she would not run.

In the Mid-Prairie School District, incumbents Gabrielle R. Frederick, Jim Hussey and Jodi Meader are running for three director seats. In the race to fill a director seat for a term ending in 2019, Denise Chittick will face Emily Uhl.

During the Sept. 12 election, polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. In the Washington School District, the polling place is in the Washington County Courthouse.

A candidate forum for Washington School Board candidates is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Washington area Performing Arts and Event Center.

During the 2015 school board election, there was a strong turnout, although Widmer credited a bond referendum in the Highland School District for the numbers.

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