Municipal, school election results

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By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County voters chose city and school officials in an election held Tuesday, Nov. 5. This marked the first time Iowa’s city and school elections were combined — traditionally, school elections took place in September and city elections in November. 

Following is a summary of unofficial results from communities and school districts in The Press readership area. Election results become official after the canvass of votes that takes place after The Press deadline.

The Commission of Elections will follow prescribed procedures for determining winners in cases where write-in votes will play a role in the outcome.  Winners will be announced  after the official canvass.  


City of Guttenberg: Incumbents Jane Parker (253 votes)  and Austin Greve (210) were returned to office.   Challenger Dennis Roth received 186 votes.  Voter turn-out was low with 347 voters, 26.29% of registered voters going to the polls.

Three unopposed incumbents  were returned to their seats on the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital board of trustees:  Bill Allyn (304 votes), Janice Andregg (319) and Karen Merrick (291).

City of Garnavillo: Chad Schmelzer received 77 write-in votes to lead the mayoral contest. Candidate Rick Meisner had 40 votes, and incumbent Mark Priebe, who did not seek re-elected, had 31 write-in votes. 

No candidates filed for two open seats on the Garnavillo city council. Write-in votes went to: Val Cromer (51), Daryl Peetsche (31), Lanny Kuehl (25), Luke Clefisch (13) and Chad Schmelzer (11). A scattering of other write-in totalled 50.  

City of Clayton: Max Basemann, the lone declared candidate for mayor, tallied 17 votes. David Hart had 14 write-in votes.

There were five candidates for five seats on the city council: Anita Grunder, Kimberly Kuehl, Chris Youngblut, Cathy Staake and Jon Russett. Staake received 30 votes, Youngblut 25, and Kuehl 18. Grunder and Russett received 16. Max Basemann received 16 write-ins, Scott Kinkead 14 write-ins, Toni Schultz 13 write-ins and Dixie Connell 6 write-ins.  

City of Elkport: No candidates filed for the mayor's position or for three seats on the city council. Only two people voted. Roger Bolsinger received 2 write-in votes for mayor. For city council, Dianne bolsinger had 2 write-ins, Dianna Hansel 2 write-ins, and one write-in each for Rodney Ingles and Susan Steves.

City of Garber: Incumbent candidate Nioka Schroeder received 15 votes for mayor.  There were five candidates for five city council positions and their vote tallies were: Ed VanLennep 15, R. Lyle Schroeder 17, Hermie Schroeder 16, Leroy Dugan 16 and Alicia Van Lennep 16. There was a scattering of 20 write-ins for other candidates.

City of Osterdock: No candidates filed for the mayor's position or for five city council positions. Cliff Junkins and Brad Miller each received four write-in votes for mayor. Write-in votes for council went to Robert Petsche 10, Dennis Sargent 11, Phoebe Johnson 10, Brad Miller 7 and Clifford Junkins 6.

City of North Buena Vista: No candidates filed for the mayor's position or for five seats on the city council. Lacey Ludovissy received 28 write-in votes for mayor. Council write-in votes went to: Pam Breitbach 36, James Gordon 30, Diane Ludovissy 29, Robert Ludovissy 27, Ken Ludovissy 14, James Ludovissy 11 and Brad Walker 10, plus a scattering of 41 write-ins for various other candidates. 


Clayton Ridge School District: There are five candidates for four seats on the board. The four incumbents were returned to office: Alicia Helle with 514 votes, Christine Aulwes 519 votes, Ellen Spensley Johnson 454 votes, and John J. Heying 466 votes. Challenger Dennis Roth received 294 votes.

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