School board elections are today

Throughout the area, voters are asked to choose

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A map shows precinct boundaries in Fort Dodge.

-Submitted map A map shows precinct boundaries in Fort Dodge.

School board elections are taking place throughout the state today.

These elections will determine some of the key decision-makers for area schools in the coming years.

Here is a breakdown of of the elections in The Messenger region. Voting precincts are listed for Webster County.

Fort Dodge Community School District

In the Fort Dodge Community School District, Dan Hansen is running for the seat that will be vacated by Brian Forsythe. Hansen is a a retired high school teacher. It would be his first time serving on the board. Forsythe served on the board for 11 years.

Stuart Cochrane and Lisa Shimkat are both running again. Cochrane has been on the board for 20 years. Shimkat has been on the board for four years.

There are three seats up for election.

Vote for three:

Stuart Cochrane

Lisa Shimkat

Dan Hansen

Iowa Central Community College

Merged Area V: Terri Wessels

District 6: Bennett O’Connor

District 7: Mark Crimmins

Manson Northwest Webster Community School District

At Manson Northwest Webster, school board member Steve Markert is being challenged by Denise Weiss in District 1.

Markert has been on the board for four years.

Weiss previously served on Manson’s school board from June 2004 to September 2005, stepping in after someone moved away.

Also in the MNW board race, at-large board member Jill Nelson and District 2 member Patrick Fitzgerald are running unopposed.

District 1, vote for one:

Steve Markert

Denise Weiss

Prairie Valley Community School District

At large, vote for one:

Jim Carlson

District 1, vote for one:

Heidi Leigh McGuire

District 3, vote for no more than two:

Joe Harrison

Shannon R. Miller

Southeast Webster Grand Community School District

District 1, vote for one:

Chad Lambert

District 2, vote for one:

Katie Vansickle

District 3, vote for no more than two:

Paige Smith

Allison Swanson

South Central Calhoun School District

Voters in Calhoun County will be electing five members of the South Central Calhoun Board of Education.

Two board members resigned earlier in the year. The board appointed two interim school board members to serve until the next election.

Those board members, Kari Musselman and Darci Lightner, are running for four-year terms in District 1 and District 2, respectively.

Both appointed board members are unopposed.

Jason Hawkins is running to complete the unfinished term in District 1.

Board member Judy Hungate is running to complete the unfinished term in District 2.

There is also an open at large seat which will be filled by either Chris Green or Nick Spencer.

District 1, vote for one:

Kari Musselman

District 1 to fill a vacancy, vote for one:

Jason Hawkins

District 2, vote for one:

Darci Lightner

District 2 to fill a vacancy, vote for one:

Judy Hungate

At large, vote for one:

Chris Green

Nick Spencer

Humboldt Community School District

In the Humboldt Community School District, three candidates are challenging three incumbents for the three available seats. Board members Janell Smith, Randy Hildreth and Suzanne Newton will face off against Michael Heier, Robert Myott and Joe Jacobson.

District 1, vote for one:

Michael Heier

Janell Smith

District 3, vote for one:

Randy Hildreth

Robert Myott

At large, vote for one:

Joe Jacobson

Suzanne Newton

Gilmore City/Bradgate

At large, vote for three:

Marsha Habben

Beau Jergens

Belmond-Klemme Community School District

At large, vote for two:

Gary L. Berkland

Laura LaRue

Marc Schlichting

James R. Swenson

District 4:

Robert Arnold

Rick McDaniel

Clarion-Goldfield Community School District

District 2, vote for two:

Beth Jackson

Elizabeth Severson

District 3:

Megan Ring

Eagle Grove Community School District

At large, vote for two:

Erin Halverson

Jon Rowen

Pocahontas Area Community School District

At large, vote for three:

Richard Garner

Chris Janssen

Nick Lenz

Terri Wessels

East Sac County Community School District

Vote for two:

Jay Stoltenberg

Brent Wilhelm

Voting precincts for school elections

in Webster County

Precinct 1 — Feelhaver School No. 1 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 2 — First Presbyterian Church No. 2 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 3 — Lion’s Den (Izaak Walton) No. 3 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 4 — First Covenant Church No. 4 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 5 — Tompkins Celebration Center, No. 5 City of Fort Dodge, Elkhorn, FD Douglas, FD

Precinct 6 — Elderbridge Agency, No. 6 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 7 — Central Administration Building, No. 7 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 8 — Butler School, No. 8 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 9 — Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, No. 9 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 10 — Fort Dodge Senior High, No. 10 City of Fort Dodge and Cooper Township except Northwest Cooper

Precinct 11 — Cooper School, #11 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 12 — Trinity United Methodist Church #12 City of Fort Dodge

Precinct 13 — Badger Fire Station, Badger-Northwest Cooper FD, Newark FD, Colfax FD, and Deer Creek FD

Precinct 14 — Otho Community Center, Otho FD, Pleasant Valley FD, Washington FD

Barnum Fire Station, Manson Northwest Webster (Webster County) Precinct 1

Manson Fire Station, Manson Northwest Webster (Calhoun County) Precinct 2

Prairie Valley Middle School in Farnhamville, Prairie Valley Director District 1

Callender Community Center, Prairie Valley Director District 2

Gowrie Community Center, Prairie Valley Director District 3

Burnside School, Southeast Webster Grand Director District 1

Dayton Community Center, Southeast Webster Grand Director District 2

Trinity Lutheran Church in Boxholm, Southeast Webster Grand Director District 3

Election hours

• Precincts 1-14 (through Otho) are all Fort Dodge precincts. They will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

• Manson, Prairie Valley, and Southeast Webster school precincts will all open at noon and close

at 8 p.m.

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