Area School Board candidates

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Three candidates - two new and an interim - have filed for two seats on the Cherokee School Board for the November 2 election.

They are among several interesting races for Cherokee County area school districts after candidates gathered the required signatures and officially filed by the September 16 deadline.

In Cherokee, Brian Freed, Kelly Lundell, and Ray Mullins Jr. seek two open seats. Freed served out the term of former member Chuck Wulfsen who left the District and is seeking one if the two at-large position, along with Lundell and Mullins. Board member Laura Jones is not seeking re-election after serving two terms.

Five candidates seek two at-large posts on the Aurelia School Board, including Jodi Theisen, Tom Hinkeldey, Mitch Langschwager, Corey Diischer, and Brad Rohwer.

Luke Olsen and Belinda Leavitt are the lone candidates filing for two at-large seats on the MMC School Board.

At River Valley, Kory Dausel and Sharleen Duncan vie for the open District 4 seat, and

Jessica Wilson is the lone candidate for the District 1 seat.

For the Galva-Holstein School Board, Jamie Whitmer is the lone candidate for District 1, Katie Johnson and Jeff Witzke vie for the District 3 seat, Matthew Wittlock is the lone candidate for District 4, Don Kalin the lone candidate for District 6, and Tyler Gebers the lone candidate for District 2.

At South O’Brien School District, Bobbi Honkomp and Joshua Rausch seek the District 2 seat vacancy, while Sue McCauley (District 1), and Gina Paulsen (District 6) are the lone candidates for those seats. There is no candidate for the District 3 seat.

Open seats must be filled with write-in votes or by accepted appointment if that fails..

There is one Public Measure CI for the Alta-Aurelia District on the November 2 ballot:

“Shall the Board of Directors of the Alta-Aurelia Community School District in the Counties of Buena Vista, Cherokee, and Sac, State of Iowa, be authorized to levy a tax upon all the taxable property within the School District of not to exceed thirteen and one-half cents (13 1/2¢) per thousand dollars of assessed valuation of the taxable property within the School District for public educational and recreational activities and community education purposes?”

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