(Le Mars) — Plymouth County voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide upon their representatives for local community school board directors. Many of the races were uncontested. At the Le Mars Community School District Todd
Lancaster was re-elected from district 1. Lancaster received 115 votes.
Scott Kommes will return to the Le Mars Community School Board. Kommes ran unopposed and collected 120 votes, from district 2. All eyes were on district 4, since no one had submitted nomination papers, and Brenda Phelan had announced she was not going to seek re-election. However, Dave Miller was able to organize a write-in campaign and received a total of 59 votes,
allowing him to fill the void left by out-going school board member Brenda Phelan.
At the Remsen-Union school board election, Mike Sparr and Robin Weiler were able to be re-elected with 71 and 70 votes, respectfully. The third director-at-large position will be filled by Chris Poeckes, who was a write-in candidate and received 58 votes. Rich Van Dam was another write-in candidate, but received only 8 votes. Remsen-Union votes also approved the penny sales tax for school improvements with a vote of 66 to 39.
Akron-Westfield voters re-elected Nick Schoenfelder, Josh Martinsen and Cory Tucker. The district 2 position was a close race between Pam Von Hagel and Kelly Pierce, both were write-in candidates. However, Von Hagel will be on the Akron-Westfield school board by receiving five votes compared to Pierce’s
Hinton Community School Board election had three candidates seeking two positions. Erin Weiland received the most votes with 92. The two incumbent candidates between James Binneboesse and John Reintzel came down to a margin of three votes separating the two candidates with Binneboesse retaining his
position on the school board. Binneboesse received 65 votes compared to Reintzel’s 62 votes.
The Kingsley-Pierson school board election also had three candidates seeking two positions. Winning at Kingsley-Pierson were Kate Pratt with 160 votes, Jason Collins narrowly defeated Blake Laddusaw with 107 to 104 votes.
Neil Adler and Russell Wray were re-elected to serve on the board of directors for the Western Iowa Technical Community College.