Tuesday Sept. 8 is the date for School Board elections across the state of Iowa. The final date for filing for election has passed, and all of the schools in Cherokee County have had candidates file to be on the September 8 ballot . Each candidate will be seeking to fill a 4-year term on their respective School District Board of Education.
In Aurelia, long-time Board member (and current Board President) Jim Hultgren will not be seeking re-election this year. Jennifer Kaskey will be on the ballot to fill Hultgren's position. Current Board member Colby Entriken's term also expires, and Entriken is seeking re-election to a second term.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn has four candidates running for the four positions on the ballot, including incumbents Jerry Moser (at-large member) and Jeff Gross, in the second district. Kathy Jochims, in the First District, and former Board member Nancy Hohbach, in the Third District, are also unopposed.
In the Cherokee School District, incumbents Terri Weaver and Larry Goodrich are unopposed.
In the River Valley School District, River Valley has two positions on the ballot. Scott Carnes, the incumbent Board member from District One, will not be on the ballot for re-election, but incumbent Dawn McCrea, who represents District Four, will be on the ballot for re-election in her District.
The Quimby Community Building will be the polling place for Cherokee County residents in Grand Meadow, Pilot, Rock, Silver, Tilden & Willow townships.
One last editorial comment from this writer (a former School Board member, as were some members of several generations of his family) : As you can see, there will be no actual "races" for any of the open Board positions in Cherokee County, but I hope that does not mean that voter turnout will be low, as it usually is for School Board elections. School Board members care about doing a good job for your children and grandchildren, working long hours with no pay to ensure that the children of the district receive the finest education possible. I urge everyone to come to the polls on September 8 and show them your support for the job they do. It's the least you can do.