The winners of Tuesday’s city and school elections are now looking forward to what comes next.
Connie Behnken was elected as the next mayor of Manchester. It was a close race, with Behnken declared the unofficial winner with 601 votes while Jeff Ogden garnered 538 votes. Behnken says she’s humbled.
With Behnken running for mayor, two candidates filed to run for her seat on the city council. That race was even tighter, with Linda Schmitt narrowly getting the win over Diane Hammell 552 votes to 537. Schmitt says she’s looking forward to getting to know the current city council members and being part of the meetings.
Dyersville’s newly-elected mayor, Jeff Jacque, is ready to get started too. Jacque defeated Al Haas in Tuesday’s election by a vote of 966 to 365.
Jacque will take the place of Mayor Jim Heavens. He says he’s looking forward to keep building on Dyersville’s strong foundation.
Colesburg will also have a new mayor next year. Tom Forkenbrock won the seat over Carl Scherbring, 119 to 33 votes.
Forkenbrock will fill the seat left vacant by current Colesburg mayor Rex Meyer.
In West Delaware’s District 2 school board race, Steve Buesing was declared the unofficial winner on Tuesday night. Buesing won with 810 votes, while Roni Hilby received 675 votes and David Grandon garnered 197.
Buesing previously served on the school board for about a year and a half from 2015 to 2017, but resigned due to moving out of the school district. He says he’s excited to get back to work.
And in West Delaware’s District 1 school board race, Jamie Vaske defeated Debi Powers 1,343 votes to 377.
Vaske says he’s looking forward to getting together with the other board members and continuing to move forward with a focus on the school district’s goals.
Along with choosing candidates in Tuesday’s city and school elections, voters in some school districts were deciding on public measures. Ed-Co’s $12 million bond issue for facility improvements did not reach the 60% majority needed to pass – instead garnering 52-53% of the vote. After holding three community meetings to help explain the proposed projects and how it would be funded, Superintendent Rob Busch says seeing the bond vote rejected is frustrating.
Busch says Ed-Co’s facility needs won’t just go away, so now the district and board will turn their attention to finding alternative solutions.
Tuesday’s election results are still unofficial. Delaware County will be canvassing the election results on Monday.