Someday the 2019 election will be noted on official documents with an asterisk to indicate that it was the first time in Iowa’s history that city council and school board elections were held at the same time.
Other than that, there was little drama in elections held throughout Clinton County.
In most cases, officeholders ran unopposed. In a couple of towns, the current officeholders didn’t even run official re-election campaigns, but they were re-elected anyway via write-in ballots.
In many communities, civic-minded folks also threw their hats in the ring when incumbents expressed that they wanted to vacate their seats.
And in a few cases, some individuals challenged current officeholders at the voting booth. But those direct challenges were few and far between.
The most notable challenge might have been in Calamus. Voters picked Tyler Leibold to stay on as mayor despite a challenge from Christi Miller.
According to the unofficial results listed by Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker’s office, the final tally wasn’t all that close, 65-32.
Four people were vying for three open seats on the Calamus City Council. One incumbent, Lance Goettsch, was re-elected, while another incumbent, David Schau, was unseated by two challengers, Brandon Bousselot and James Sprague, who received more votes.
In Goose Lake, Mayor Kendell Schoon and Patsy Farrell, of the city council, were returned to their posts after running unopposed.
However, the Goose Lake results posted by the auditor’s office do not name a top vote-getter for the other open council seat. Officials will sift through 31 write-in votes before announcing a possible winner for the seat that was held by Ted Van Patten.
Facing no opposition in DeWitt, Mayor Donald Thiltgen, 1st Ward representative Luanne Smith and two at-large incumbents, Garey Chrones and Kurt Ketelsen will return to their posts.
In Grand Mound, Mayor Kurt Crosthwaite and two city council members, Matt Beuthien and Craig Schanze, all ran unopposed.
The town of Toronto hosted a write-in election for all six open posts, but the makeup of the council did not change. Mayor Brenda Kay and council members Bruce Ewoldt, Deb Bartels, Linda Schneider, Dana Deeley and Elba Scheper were re-elected.
In Lost Nation, Mayor Ramon Gilroy ran unopposed, while Brian Niebuhr and Shawn Stecklein were the top vote-getters among the three newcomers who ran for two council seats.
In Low Moor, Mayor Thomas Goldensoph ran unopposed, but the five-member council will welcome three new members. Lynn Petersen, Brenda Larkey and Steve Jones will join two incumbents, Brandi Pray and Karna Rehr, on the board.
In Welton, Mayor Dan Vosatka was re-elected, and the council will gain two new members, Jon Marlowe and Glen Boswell, to succeed Dena Manderscheid and Ed Novak.
In Wheatland, Mayor Century Schnede and incumbent council member Paul Stankee were re-elected, while two newcomers, Adam Grau and Weston Hicks, will succeed Christian Leon Bousselot and Robert Denahy on the council.
In another election done entirely with write-in ballots took place in Andover. Jason Johnson will retain the mayoral post, while four of the five incumbents on the city council — Kevin Dierks, Robert Naeve, Cardine Kedley and Dennis Johnson —were re-elected. Lesley Schrader earned 14 votes to Tammy Bormann’s nine to garner the final seat that apparently had been vacated.
In Camanche, Mayor Trevor Willis was unopposed, but six people competed for two spots on the city council. One of the two incumbents, Paul Varner, survived the challenge, but Amber Metzger will relinquish her seat to Martin Schnoor, who received 509 votes, which nearly matched the combined total of votes, 528, gained by Metzger and three challengers.
Charlotte will welcome a new mayor, James Keller, who will succeed Peggy Sellnau, and two new council members.
Edward Kleinschmidt was the top vote-getter, while unofficial results show Lisa Leab winning by the narrowest of margins over Kelly Snyder. Leab reportedly received 50 votes to Snyder’s 49.
In Delmar, Mayor Patty Hardin and two council incumbents David Frett and Steven Jebsen were voted back to their posts. Mark Gerlach will be a new face on the council, succeeding Douglas Goodall.
The makeup of the Cal-Wheat, Central DeWitt and Northeast school boards will not change.
Larry Banowetz, Jay Ganzer and James Knoche were not challenged in the Cal-Wheat election, while Bob Gannon, Cory Huff and Hannah Perrone were sent back to their seats on the Central DeWitt board. In the Northeast vote, Richard Krogmann, Jeni Grantz and Shawn Rathje were re-elected despite a challenge for one of the three seats by Heather Jensen.
The Delmar Community School Board elected two newcomers. Ryan Hackman and Cody Meyer will join incumbent Ronald Filloon on the five-member board.
The Camanche School Board will welcome three new faces. Travis Baker, Shane Bark and Justin Sampson will join incumbents Albert McManus and Brad Weber on the board.
Also Tuesday, residents in the Calamus-Wheatland Community School District voted overwhelmingly in support of renewing the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), which can be done for a period of up to 10 years. Although the levy rate could be as much as $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the district again was asking for half that amount — $0.67/$1,000, according to Superintendent Larry Luepker.
PPEL is considered categorical funding and can be used for specific purposes as it relates to building and grounds upkeep and repairs, new construction, technology and equipment such as boilers, vehicles, maintenance and furniture. The money cannot be used to pay teacher salaries, fund student programs or pay for utilities.
The vote margin was 233-36, or 86.6%, in favor of the renewal.