Candidates file paperwork for upcoming city and school elections

Union District 1 seat sees no candidates file

Remember to VOTE on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The deadline to file as a candidate for area city and school board elections passed last week Thursday for the upcoming November 2 election and several new candidates have thrown their hat into the ring along with many of the area’s incumbents.

The North Tama School Board has four seats up for election. In District 1 only incumbent Rod Zobel — also the board’s president — filed papers. The same occurred in Districts 2 and 4 where only the respective incumbents David Calderwood and Cheryl Popelka filed papers. Incumbent Haley Blaine’s District 3 seat is the only contested election with — in addition to Blaine filing — Katy Wilson and LeRoy Staker also filed papers.

The Union School Board has three seats on the November ballot. None of the incumbents for the three seats — Darrell DeWinter, Kevin Sash, Kristi Martin — chose to run again. No one filed papers for DeWinter’s District 1 seat. In District 2 — the seat currently held by board president Sash — Maureen Hanson of La Porte City was the only person to file. For the At-Large seat currently held by Martin, Lindsay Pipho of Dysart filed paperwork.

In the city of Clutier, the entire city council and the town’s mayor were up for election this year — all the council incumbents filed to run again in November including DeAnn Weber, Keith Erickson, Gary Pearson, Sue Kupka, and Philip Breja. Mayor Gordon Fassett also filed to run again. There are no other candidates.

In the city of Dysart, three seats are up for election this fall — none of the incumbents including Bret Hennessy, Taylor Gingrich, and Reece Peterson filed to run again. Only Derek Neegard and Jenn Alpers filed to run in November for two of the three seats.

In the city of Traer there will be a three-person race for Mayor Pete Holden’s seat including Holden, Nicholas Ferguson, and Jay Wolfe. There are two council seats up for election with three individuals filing to run — incumbent James Erhardt as well as Jon Panfi and Kennan Seda. Council member Laurie Schafer resigned her seat this past month due to moving out of the city limits. The individual who wins Schafer’s seat will begin serving immediately in December.