Voters straggle to polls

Markert beats Weiss at MNW; Nick Spencer defeats Chris Green

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Framed by the office window, precinct election officials Kathy Porrez, at left, Deb Schuh and Norma Hughett, right, wait for Precinct 8 voters Tuesday afternoon at Butler Elementary School. Turnout in the election was light; as of 6:10 p.m. 11 voters had cast ballots there. That included the three cast by each of them. Hughett said the first voter made it to the polls, which opened at 7 a.m., at 9:55 a.m.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Framed by the office window, precinct election officials Kathy Porrez, at left, Deb Schuh and Norma Hughett, right, wait for Precinct 8 voters Tuesday afternoon at Butler Elementary School. Turnout in the election was light; as of 6:10 p.m. 11 voters had cast ballots there. That included the three cast by each of them. Hughett said the first voter made it to the polls, which opened at 7 a.m., at 9:55 a.m.

Two incumbents and one newcomer were elected to the Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education Tuesday that produced low numbers at the polls.

Incumbents Stuart Cochrane and Lisa Shimkat were returned to the board. Dan Hansen will join them as the newest board member.

Shimkat won 344 votes, Hansen won 339 votes and Cochrane won 323 votes, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday night by the Webster County Auditor’s office.

They were running for three seats on the board.

“It’s an exciting time to be on the board because education in Fort Dodge and elsewhere is going through a big transition,” Cochrane said. “We are at a point in time where things are changing fast, the demands on public dollars are many, and we need to continue.”

“I am excited to be a part of it again because I honestly believe Fort Dodge is heading a great direction,” he added. “It’s just exciting to be shaping education for people who will be shaping it in the future. We have always had a great board to work with. They are all sincerely very caring people and passionately believe what they are doing.”

Hansen and Shimkat could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

MANSON — Manson Northwest Webster School board member Steve Markert won re-election, defeating challenger Denise Weiss Tuesday night.

Markert won 232 votes to Markert’s 177, or 56 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial results that came in after 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Markert has been on the board for four years. He represents District 1.

Fort Dodge

Vote for three:

Stuart Cochrane – 323

Lisa Shimkat – 344

Dan Hansen – 339

Write-in 14

Southeast Webster Grand

District 1, vote for one: Chad Lambert – 79.

District 2, vote for one: Katie VanSickle – 79

District 3, vote for no more than two:

Paige Smith – 58

Alison Swanson – 75

Manson Northwest Webster

District 1, vote for one:

Steve Markert – 232

Denise Weiss – 177

District 2, vote for one: Patrick Fitzgerald – 343

At large, vote for one: Jill Nelson – 354

Prairie Valley

At large, vote for one: Jim Carlson – 75

District 1, vote for one: Heidi Leigh McGuire – 74

Distrct 3, vote for no more than two:

Joe Harrison – 62

Shannon R. Miller – 73

South Central Calhoun School District

District 1, vote for one: Kari Musselman – 270

District 1 to fill a vacancy, vote for one: Jason Hawkins – 246

District 2, vote for one: Darci Lightner – 287

District 2 to fill a vacancy, vote for one: Judy Hungate – 265

At large, vote for one:

Chris Green – 145

Nick Spencer – 168

East Sac County Community School District

Vote for two:

Jay Stoltenberg – 328

Brent Wilhelm – 290

Gilmore City/Bradgate School District

At large, vote for three:

Marsha Habben – 19

Beau Jergens – 20

Mitch Nielsen – 14

Humboldt

District 1, vote for one:

Michael Heier – 122

Janell Smith (i) -, 101

District 3, vote for one:

Randy Hildreth (i), -99

Robert Myott – 121

At large, vote for one:

Joe Jacobson -100

Suzanne Newton (i) – 117

Twin Rivers

At Large, vote for two:

Brandon Jenson – 19

Kristyn Olson -16

Clarion-Goldfield Community School District

District 2, vote for two.

Beth Jackson- 104

Elizabeth Severson – 106

Write-in 10

District 3

Megan Ring – 109

Write-in 4

Eagle Grove Community School District

Erin Halverson – 37

Jon Rowen – 39

Write-in 2

Belmond-Klemme Community School District

At large, vote for two

Gary L. Berkland – 297

Laura LaRue – 140

Marc Schlichting -175

James R. Swenson-163

District 4, vote for one

Robert Arnold -79

Rick McDaniel-308

Pocahontas Area Community School District

At large, vote for three:

Richard Garner — 76

Chris Janssen — 95

Nick Lenz — 96

Iowa Central Community College

Merged Area V: Terri Wessels — 213

District 6: Bennett O’Connor — 102

District 7: Mark Crimmins — 159

North Kossuth Community School

District 1, vote for one:

Phillip Abers — 171

Write-in — 9

District 2, vote for two:

Rick Baur — 179

Write-in — 59

Public measure: Physical Plant and Equipment Levy of 67 cents per $1,000:

Yes — 98

No — 119

LuVerne Community School

At large, vote for three:

Meredith Collins — 39

Charles Legler — 42

Write-ins — 1

At large, to fill vacancy, vote for two:

Jennifer Ludwig — 44

Write-ins — 0

Public measure, Physical Plant and Equipment Levy of 67 cents per $1,000:

Yes — 37

No — 4

Algona Community School

At large, vote for three:

Gloria Bartlet — 179

Cheryl Grether — 177

Jay Limbaugh — 189

Write-ins — 13

Public measure: Physical Plant and Equipment Levy of 67 cents per $1,000:

Yes — 173

No — 29

Emmetsburg Community School

Vote for three:

Aaron Dietrich — 275

Jill Graham — 236

Jane Hoyman — 389

Linda Mathis Tienter — 132

Kathleen Roethler — 330

Write-in — 0

Laurens-Marathon Community School

Charles Harrold — 136

Brian Josephson — 31

Megan Josephson — 14

Laura Todd — 117

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