Cherokee County School Board results

Friday, November 8, 2019

The three new members of the Cherokee School Board will assume office at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting Monday, Nov. 18.

The CT incorrectly reported last week that the new Board would not take over until Jan. 2020.

In Cherokee, Angie Anderson, Patty Brown, and Jodi Thomas were run-away winners Tuesday as nearly 4,000 votes were cast representing nearly 50% of registered voters. However, with this year the first of the combined City-School elections, it is unknown what percentage or total number of voters went to the polls for either City, School, or both elections. Multiple candidates for open seats, or unchallenged incumbents impact voter turnout.

In past Cherokee School Board elections without challengers, as few as 3.42% of eligible voters voted and in the past 20 years the highest before this year was in 1999 when 15.69% voters with four candidates seeking three vacancies.

At the Nov. 18 reorganizational Board meeting, the three new members will be sworn in and officers nominated. Outgoing Board members Laura Dawson and Paul Fuhrman will relinquish their seats, and Anderson, Brown and Thomas will join hold-over Board members Laura Jones and Chuck Wulfsen, whose terms expire in two years.

In the Alta-Aurelia School Board election 481 votes were cast for three candidates seeking three positions, including Jennifer Kaskey 176 votes, Katie Meyer 157, and Angelique Anderson 135.

In the MMC District four candidates sought three posts with 2,375 voters voting, with winners Laura Staab 654, Karla Prunty 632, and Danae Dreckman 549. Christopher Ruskamp tallied 454.

Ted Mammen won the at-large seat for the River Valley Board with 100 votes, while Dawn Mc Crea totaled 42. Bobbi Dewitt won District 2 seat unopposed with 67 write-in votes, and Scott Knaack won District 3 unopposed with 90 votes. There were 154 total votes for RV.

The Sioux Central, Galva-Holstein, South O’Brien, and Kingsley-Pierson School Districts banch into Cherokee County with negligible vote totals.

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