Voter turnout 'average' for school board elections
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:03 AM
Voter turnout for Tuesday's School Board election was about average, according to Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines.
Steines said he felt the Winneshiek County turnout of 5.7 percent of registered voters was good, considering the fact there were no contested races in any of the county's school districts. He said the NICC levy may have brought additional voters who would not normally take time to vote in an uncontested race.
School District Board members are elected in odd-numbered years to four-year terms.
In Decorah, where all positions are at-large, incumbent Ron Fadness garnered 230 votes, and Cynthia Schissel received 238 votes.
Schissel replaces Board Member Rick Valley, who did not run again.
North Winneshiek voters elected Jon Wangsness (District 1), Scott Fairchild (District 2) and Myron Rediske (District 5).
Wangsness replaces longtime Board President Phil Richert.
Voters in the South Winneshiek District elected incumbents Wendy Mihm-Herold (District 1) and Arnie Kriener (District 3).
Retiring Board President Allan Schmitt's District 2 seat was filled by write-in candidate Jeff Heying.
Turkey Valley voters elected Donald Blazek to the District 3 seat being vacated by Board Member Dick Cuvelier and re-elected Linus Kuhn, who had not taken out papers to run again for his District 2 seat, via write-in.
Incumbents John Rothlisberger (District 1) of Fredericksburg, Kathy Gunderson (District 2) of Postville, Gene Fuelling (District 4) of Oelwein and David Schueller (District 6) were all reelected to their NICC Board of Trustees seats.
Bob Shafer of Dubuque won Ronda Kirkegaard's District 9 seat. Kirkegaard chose not to run because she is moving out of the district.