School Board Election Results

School board elections were Tuesday – here’s a look at the results of the local contested races and public measures.

There will be three new faces on the West Delaware School Board, with Ed Poynor, Dan Hogan and Carl Johnson all elected. Poynor defeated Ryan Peyton for the four-year term in the South District, 73 to 27 percent (533 to 193 votes). (Carl Johnson received one write-in vote in that race, with 18 scattered write-ins as well.) No candidates had filed to run for West Delaware’s two-year term in the South District, which was to fill a vacancy. Write-in candidate Carl Johnson won that open seat with 324 votes. (Matt Kolbet received 44, Ryan Peyton 7 and Ed Poynor 2, with around 90 other scattered write-in votes as well.) And Hogan ran unopposed for the four-year term in the North District, receiving 548 votes. West Delaware voters also chose to extend the district’s Revenue Purpose Statement, with nearly 84-percent in favor. It will allow West Delaware to continue using funds from the one-cent sales tax for some of the same things they’ve always used them for – for example, one-to-one computers for students and building security updates.

Ed-Co had six candidates vying for three open seats, with Dan Venteicher, Matt Elliot and Robert Schilling declared the winners. It was a close race… Venteicher had 23-percent of the vote, Elliot 18-percent and Schilling 16-percent, with Cliff Payne and Rhonda Kendrick each receiving 15-percent and Chris Funk 14-percent. And Ed-Co voters said NO to the seven-million dollar bond issue, with only 41-percent voting yes. It needed 60-percent supermajority to pass. The bond would have provided funding for updating Ed-Co’s junior/senior high school and elementary.

In the Western Dubuque School District, Mike Rea was elected to the board, defeating Colleen Horsfield and Patrick Diller with 61-percent of the vote.

Starmont had three candidates running for two At-Large seats on the board, with Douglas Puffett and Darren West declared the winners. Puffett received 44-percent and West 40-percent, beating out Robert Pope, who had 16-percent of the vote.

In the East Buchanan School District, there was just one candidate who had filed to run in each race. But a write-in candidate received more votes in the At-Large race, with write-in Scott Cooksley defeating Brian Crawford 115 votes to 73.

For the Independence School Board, Gina Trimble defeated Matt O’Loughlin in a close race, 278 votes to 269. And for the District 3 race, write-in Jennifer Sornson defeated fellow write-in candidate Amee Freidhof 225 votes to 178.

In the Anamosa School District, Carl Chalstrom, Brian Hurt and Matt McQuillen were elected, along with Nicole Claussen.

And Monticello voters passed their public measure with 83-percent of the vote.