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Low Voter Turnout In School Board Election

Countywide Voter Turnout 10.85%

September 12, 2013
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Incumbents will be joined by the newly elected on school boards in Emmetsburg, Graettinger-Terril, Ruthven-Ayrshire and West Bend-Mallard. Public mea-sures were approved by voters in Emmetsburg, and Ruthven-Ayrshire.

Countywide, 10-85-percent of the 7,347 registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in the School Elections. Those numbers varied by community.


Community School

Incumbents Tammy Naig and Kim Campbell were re-elected to serve another four years. Also elected was Rick Bird. Emmetsburg had the highest voter turnout in the county, with 14.2-percent (461 voters out of 3,248 registered voters).

Naig received the highest number of votes with 290. Rick Bird received 286 votes and Kim Campbell received 277 votes.

Also on the ballot were Linda Mathis Tienter with 230 votes; Jesse Wolfe with 152 votes; and Terry Manwarren with 28 votes.

Emmetsburg School District voters approved a public measure: To adopt the revenue purpose statement to authorize the expenditure of revenues from the State of Iowa secure an advanced vision for education fund received by the Emmetsburg Community School District. The measure passed with 259 yes votes and 51 no votes.


Two incumbent directors ran unopposed for seats in the Graettinger-Terril Community School District. Mathew Hanson of Terril received 39 votes and Kyle Norris of Graettinger received 37 votes.

A total of 42 registered voters (2.7-percent) cast ballots in Tuesday's election.


Three seats were up for election in the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District and only two people filed nomination papers to have their names on the ballot. New board member Darin Malm and incumbent Susan Sikora were elected. Malm received 84 votes and Sikora received 73 votes.

Ruthven-Ayrshire school patrons wrote in Bruce Long to fill the third position. Unofficial numbers show there were 52 write-in votes cast and Long received 50 of those votes.

A total of 107 registered voters (10.1-percent) cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

Ruthven-Ayrshire voters cast ballots on two public measures, and both passed. The question on Instructional Support Levy passed 72 yes to 24 no. The question on a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy passed 70 yes to 25 no.

West Bend-Mallard

Three were elected from a field of four candidates in the West Bend-Mallard Community School District. New board member Mike Thatcher, incumbent Wendell Schmidt and new board member David Bruellman were elected. Thatcher received 162 votes; Schmidt received 150 votes; Bruellman received 111 votes. Philip Dahlhauser received 87 votes.

A total of 187 registered voters (12.8-percent) cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

Iowa Lakes

Community College

Voters in Emmetsburg, Ruthven-Ayrshire and West Bend-Mallard Districts voted for Iowa Lakes Community College Director in District 6. Incumbent Patrick Kibbie from Emmetsburg ran unopposed. Kibbie was re-elected with 475 votes.

Elections were also held in Iowa Lakes Community College District 3 and District 8.

Election results are unofficial until canvassed by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors.



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