There were few surprises in Tuesday's City Elections in Cherokee County, with less than 10-percent of eligible Cherokee voters making their way to the polls.
Just 337 total votes were cast in Cherokee for the Mayor's race, where unopposed newcomer Mark Murphy gleaned 291 votes. Out-going Mayor Pam Pierce, who was appointed to the post a year ago and had declined to seek election, received 29 write-in votes, along with 17 other scattered write-in votes.
Unopposed incumbent At-Large Councilmember Mick Mallory was re-elected with 295 votes, with Kent Wenck receiving five write-ins, along with 19 other scattered write-ins.
No one filed for the Cherokee City Council vacancy in Ward 2, and Dan Morrow was elected by write-in votes, receiving 16. Ben Jobe received 13 write-ins, Mike Morrow six, and there were 16 other scattered write-ins.
All vote totals are listed as unofficial at this time until canvassed by the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors. Write-in winners must officially accept the position before assuming the post.
A write-in campaign led to Jim Ebel being elected Mayor of Aurelia with 137 votes, while Jacob Schutt, the only candidate to file, received 68. There were 17 other scattered votes for Aurelia Mayor.
Three Aurelia At-Large Council positions were also filled by write-ins, with Jeff Bowen receiving 126 votes, Matt Fredericksen 106, and Justin Schulenberg 86. Others receiving write-in votes were Dar Evans 13, Jacob Schutt eight, Loren Mongan seven, Jim Ebel seven, Mitch Langschwager six, and Dick Vogt five, along with 83 other scattered write-ins.
Unopposed incumbent Darrell Downs was re-elected Marcus Mayor with 126 votes, while Jim Ebert received 51 write-ins. There were five scattered write-ins.
The two candidates who filed for the two open Council seats in Marcus were Conrad Ebert, who received 173 votes, and Tony Ross, who received 133. There were eight other scattered write-ins.
Unopposed incumbent D.J. Sechler received 23 votes to be re-elected as Meriden Mayor, and unopposed incumbent Dan James received 21 votes to be re-elected as Larrabee Mayor.
Three filed candidates were elected to fill three positions on the Meriden City Council, with Brian Shea receiving 23 votes, Allen Campbell 22, and Shirley Korleski 20.
The same story ocurred in Larrabee where filed City Council candidates Nick Ludwig (21 votes), Dustin Richardson (20), and Earl Cresap (19) were elected.
In Cleghorn, unopposed incumbents Les C. Pedersen and Todd Wetherell ran for the two At-Large Council seats, with Pedersen receiving 24 votes, and Wetherell 20. The Cleghorn Mayor race will be in 2011.
Although he didn't file for the post, Tim Preuss was re-elected Mayor of Quimby by write-in votes, receiving 57 votes. Robert Stout received four votes, and there were eight other scattered write-ins.
Three write-ins also were elected for the three Quimby City Council vacancies, with Curtis Cockburn receiving 37 votes, Marshall Goettsch 31, and Tracy Stevenson 27. Others receiving write-in votes were Kevin Hill 11, Mary haselhoff eight, Terry Sargent five, Randy Meyer five, Betty Woltman four, and Larry Nelson four. There were 56 other scattered write-in votes.
Unopposed incumbent Donald Parrott received 54 votes to be re-elected Mayor of Washta. There were four scattered write-ins.
Three incumbents were re-elected to the three Washta At-Large Council seats in a hotly-contested race between six candidates. Elected were James Baumann with 37 votes, Scott Jenkins 34, and Deborah Cockburn 33. Others included Michelle McCampbell 32, Chris Shea 22, and Jamie Lee Deeds 16.
Also on the ballot at Marcus was Public Measure F-2009, which reads, "Should the City of Marcus adopt an ordinance imposing a hotel/motel tax of 5-percent on the sales price of all renting and lodging units in the City of Marcus, to be effective Jan. 1, 2010, in accordance with the provisions of section 423.4 of the Code of Iowa?" That measure was defeated by 108 no votes, and 93 yes votes.
Also in Washta, voters cast ballots for Public Measure E-2009, which reads, "Shall Todd Wetherell be granted a renewal on the Franchise to operate and maintain a Cable Television System in the City of Washta for a period of 25 years?" That measure narrowly passed with 31 yes votes, and 26 no votes.
All told, 9.8-percent of Cherokee eligible voters voted Tuesday. There was a 30.5-percent turnout of Aurelia voters, 25.3-percent of Marcus voters, 17.6-percent of Meriden voters, 13-percent of Cleghorn voters, 33.5-percent of Washta voters, 31.2-percent of Quimby voters, and 22.6-percent of Larrabee voters.