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Supervisors Canvass School Board election

Monday, September 14, 2009

Board also sends letter of support for Cherokee's MHI

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors met in a rare Friday meeting to canvass last week's school board election.

Cherokee County Auditor Assistant Kady Brauninger presented the Board with an Abstract of Votes for each of the county's school districts.

All incumbents and newcomers ran 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.

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 both were 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 70 write-ins, 61 write-in went to Rachel Holmes, and 3 scattering votes (scattering are write-ins that received less the 2 percent). 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. McCrea received 79 votes, and Carnes received 40 of the total 56 write-ins.

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.

In other business, the Board heard from Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz who presented her Case Management Cost Report to the Board.

Langlitz also brought a final draft of a letter of support on behalf of the Board of Supervisors addressed to Dr. Daniel Gillette, Superintendent of the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. The letter praised the excellent care individuals receive at the MHI and the entrepreneurial sprit that the facility shows, plus the wide variety of services offered on campus and the efforts that all the partnerships provide that help keep costs down for all tax payers.

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