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Filing Period Now Open For Municipal Elections

August 31, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Municipal elections across the state of Iowa are set for Tuesday, Nov. 7. The first official day for candidates for city offices to file nomination papers was Monday, Aug. 28. All nomination papers must be filed with the County Auditor's Office by the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 21. Nomination papers may be obtained at respective City Halls.

In order to vote in the municipal elections, persons who have not previously registered to vote must register by Friday, Oct. 27 in order to be eligible to cast a ballot in the municipal elections.

Here is a breakdown of municipal vacancies in each of the nine communities in Palo Alto County to be decided on Nov. 7.

Emmetsburg

In Emmetsburg, the four-year term of Mayor Myrna Heddinger is up for election, along with the At-Large City Council seat currently held by Brian Campbell. Also up for election are the Ward One seat currently held by Mike Hermansen and the Ward Three seat held by Brian Malm. Both council seats are for two-year terms. Candidates in Emmetsburg must have at least 25 signatures on nomination petitions in order to file their petitions with the County Auditor and be placed on the ballot.

Ayrshire

Residents in Ayrshire will be electing a Mayor, as the two-year term of Mayor Jared Weller will expire. Also up for election in Ayrshire are the council seat held by Janelle Bendixen and the vacant seat formerly held by Jared Weller. Both council terms are for two years and candidates in Ayrshire must obtain at least 10 signatures on nomination petitions in order to file with the County Auditor and be placed on the ballot.

Curlew

As in all communities in the county, residents of Curlew will be asked to vote for a mayor, as the two-year term of Mayor Stacey Lomax expires. All five seats on the Curlew City Council are up for election for a two-year term, including the seats held by Catherine Stanek, Tanya Wirtz and Tasha Igou, as well as two vacant seats on the council. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions in order to file with the County Auditor and be placed on the ballot.

Cylinder

Residents in Cylinder will look to elect a Mayor, as the two-year term of Mayor Arnold C. Heng expires. All five seats on the Cylinder City Council are up for election for two-year terms. Current Council members are Kurt J. Bonnstetter, Harry Bormann, Cary Anderson, Kevin D. Long and Deb Weisbrod. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions to file with the County Auditor in order to be placed on the ballot.

Graettinger

Voters in Graettinger will be asked to elect a Mayor for a four-year term, as the term of Mayor Monte Schany expires. Three City Council seats, currently held by Bruce Masters, Barbara (Teaner) Hoffman and Michael L. Flaherty, are up for election to two-year terms. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions to file with the County Auditor in order to be placed on the ballot.

Mallard

In the community of Mallard, the term of Mayor James Gehrt expires, so voters will be asked to elect a Mayor for a two-year term. A trio of council seats, currently held by Amy Thompson, Karl Johnson and Jerry Schuller, are up for election to two-year terms. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions to file with the County Auditor in order to be placed on the ballot.

Rodman

Residents of Rodman will be electing a Mayor to a two-year term, as the term of Mayor Jean Hyslop expires this year. The council seats of Danny Hutchison, Mark Besch, Rose Merideth, Ronald Thilges and Sean Leners are all up for election to terms of two years. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions to file with the County Auditor in order to be placed on the ballot.

Ruthven

Voters in Ruthven will be asked to vote for a two-year term for Mayor as Mayor David Kirk's term expires. The council seats of Mitch Anderson and Jay Schoning will be up for election for two-year terms. Additionally, due to the resignation of Council member Sara Ferguson, her unexpired term, which ends in 2019, will be filled in the election to serve out the remainder of the term. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions to file with the County Auditor in order to be placed on the ballot.

West Bend

In West Bend, the term of Mayor Marilyn Schutz expires and voters will be asked to elect a Mayor to a two-year term. The council seats of Chris Newton and Grant Gearhart are both up for election to terms of two years. Candidates must obtain 10 signatures on nomination petitions to file with the County Auditor in order to be placed on the ballot.

Individuals with questions on the municipal elections can contact the Palo Alto County Auditor's Office at 712-852-2924.

 
 
 

 

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