Challenger Chad Brown and incumbents Wayne Pingel and James Peck were declared the winners for the three open seats on the Cherokee City Council at Tuesday's City Elections in Cherokee County.
Brown decisively defeated challengers Michael Morrow and Barry Lewis for the At-Large seat vacated by Linda Burkhart, who did not seek re-election.
The run-away At-Large winner Brown tallied 608 votes, compared to 89 for Lewis, and 38 for Morrow. There were 10 write-in votes.
In Ward 1, incumbent James Peck defeated challenger Mark Miller 213 to 113. There were four write-in votes cast.
In Ward 3, incumbent Wayne Pingel totaled 136 votes to turn back Matthew Royster (58) and Jason Duma Johnson (30).
In Ward 3, Brown received 179 votes, followed by Lewis 28, Morrow 15, and three write-ins.
In Ward 2, Brown received 139 votes, followed by Lewis 30, Morrow 10, and five write-ins.
In Cherokee, the polls were open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center.
The winners and vote totals for candidates in the other towns in Cherokee County -- many containing write-in votes that must be hand counted - will be published in Thursday's Chronicle Times.
In the City of Aurelia, Cindy L. Nelson, incumbent council member, and challenger Jacob Schutt were running for two open Council Member At-Large positions.
The office of Aurelia Mayor is also open with no candidates on the ballot. Write-in votes will most likely determine who will be the next Aurelia Mayor. Voting was held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Aurelia Community Center.
In the City of Cleghorn, there were three candidates vying to be next Mayor. Incumbent Mick Wetherell was on the ballot, along with challengers Michael G. Bunt and Michael D. Eldredge.
All three incumbents, Susan Briese, Sara Lively and Greta R. Petersen, were seeking Cleghorn's three Council Member At-Large positions. Polls were open for noon to 8 p.m. at the Cleghorn Community Center.
In the City of Quimby, the Mayor's race had no one on the ballot, Again, write-in votes will most likely determine the next Quimby Mayor. As for the two Council At-Large positions in Quimby, incumbents Willis Allbaugh and Larry K. Nelson were on the ballot. Polls were open for noon to 8 p.m. at the Quimby Community Center.
In the City of Marcus, current Mayor Darrell J. Downs was the only candidate for Mayor. Challenger Robin Jenness and incumbents Carl F. Nelson and Matthew C. Schmillen were vying for the three Council Member At-Large positions. Also on the Marcus Ballot was candidate Harold Klassen who was running to fill a vacancy on the Marcus City Council.
There is a Public Measure that also appeared on the Marcus Ballot. Public Measure 18-C states, "Should the City of Marcus, Iowa adopt an ordinance imposing a hotel/motel tax of five percent on the sales price of all renting and lodging units in the City of Marcus, Iowa to be effective January 1, 2012 in accordance with the provisions of section 423.A.4 of the Code of Iowa."
Polls were open for noon to 8 p.m. at the Marcus Community Center.
In the City of Meriden, Mayor D.J. Sechler was running unopposed and candidate Tara R. Kintigh was the only person on the ballot for two open spots on the Meriden City Council. Polls were open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Meriden Community Center.
In the City of Larrabee, incumbents Joann Kelly and Mabeth Kraft were on the ballot for the two Council Member At-Large spots. Polls were open for noon to 8 p.m. at the Larrabee Community Center.
As for the City of Washta, incumbent Mayor Don Parrott was vying for Mayor. Parrott ran unopposed.
As for the City Council race for the City of Washta, there were four candidates running for two Council Member At-Large positions. Incumbent council members James Joy and Dana B. Talbert faced challengers Lucas Edwards and Roger Sargent in Tuesday's election. Also, incumbent Council Member Michelle McCampbell and challenger Douglas Eades were vying for the one spot to fill a vacancy on the Washta City Council.
Polls were open for noon to 8 p.m. at the Washta Community Center.
All vote totals are classified as unofficial until the County Board of Supervisors conducts the required canvassing of the votes.
County Auditor Kris Glienke is Commissioner of Elections.