Voters passed the PPEL (Physical Plant & Equipment Levy) for 10-year periods for both the Aurelia and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school districts at Tuesday's sparsely attended Cherokee County School Elections.
With all incumbents and newcomers running unopposed in the Cherokee, MMC, Aurelia, and River Valley districts, just 409 cards were cast of the 8,017 eligible county voters for a scant 5.1-percent turnout.
Both the Aurelia and MMC PPEL votes passed by wide margins, with 100 yes votes against 12 no votes in Aurelia precincts, and 157 yes votes to 46 no votes in the MMC precincts.
In Cherokee, two at-large seats were up for election and incumbents Teri Weaver and Larry Goodrich were both unopposed. Goodrich received 70 votes, and Weaver 67, with three write-in votes recorded. Just 80 of 4,665 eligible voters went to the polls, amounting to just 1.7-percent.
In Aurelia, two Board seats were up for election, with incumbent Colby Entriken running unopposed and newcomer Jennifer Kaskey seeking the other unopposed seat formerly held by her father Jim Hultgren, who did not seek re-election. Entriken received 100 votes, Kaskey 99, and there were three write-in votes. Just 114 of 1,224 eligible voters participated for 9.3- percent.
At MMC, At-Large incumbent Jerry Moser, and District 2 incumbent Jeff Gross were unopposed, as were District 1 newcomer Kathy Jochims, and District 3 newcomer Nancy Hohbach. Moser receive 189 votes with four write-ins, Gross received 180 votes with four write-ins, Jochims received 164 votes with six write-ins, and Hohbach received 101 votes with an eye-popping 70 write-ins, signaling a write-in campaign at work for that District 3 seat. Just 215 of 2,128 eligible voters went to the polls for 10.1-percent.
For River Valley in Woodbury County, incumbent Dawn McCrea was seeking re-election and incumbent Scott Carnes was not. There was no one seeking Carnes's seat, so write-in votes will determine who will hold that seat. However, River Valley vote totals won't be available until Friday, according to the Woodbury County Commissioner of Elections.
Also on the ballot was Director, District 2 of Western Iowa Tech Community College, with incumbent Michael D. Hunter of Cherokee seeking re-election. Hunter received 159 votes with three write-ins.
Craig Struve also was up for re-election for Northwest Iowa Community College District 4 Director. He received 176 votes with one write-in vote.
Also on the ballot for MMC voters was Public Measure A , continuing the levy to allow NICC to share with other community colleges or purchase instructional equipment. That passed with 167 yes votes, and 47 no votes.
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors will canvass the votes Friday.