Voters who haven’t cast early ballots go to the polls Tuesday for city and school elections in Iowa. This weill be the first year Iowa has added school-board votes to the November election. Previously, school board elections were conducted each September.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 5, will mark a sharp departure in school board elections.
And in Guthrie county, the two will share polling places. Plus voting sites will be the same locations as used for the general election.
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Those not currently registerd can register with the county audiitor anytime, including at the polling site on Tuesday.
Voters at Guthrie Center for the first time in years will name a new mayor as Dennis Kunkle recently resigned and retired after 38 years at the helm. Mayor pro-tem Mike Herbert has been appointed mayor
and is the lone candidate for that office on the ballot.
Five men are seeking three spots on the Guthrie Center City Council - Ian Steensen, Fidel Hernandez, Gerald Thomas, Caleb Wolf and William T. Wagner IV.
Guthrie Center voters also will decide on an $800,000 bond issue to fund a new bath house and public restroom at the municipal swimming pool and to demolish the old bath house. It requires 60 percent approval for passage.
Three positions are up for election on the Guthrie Center School Board with three candidates on the ballot. They are Tim Benton, Wanda Knobbe and Wilma Stetzel.
In Panora, there are two city council seats open but only on candidate on the ballot - Shane Gliem. Presumably, a write-in candidate would fill the other seat. if not, a resident would be chosen by the city council at a later date.
Mayor Pat Parker is running unopposed.
The Panorama School Board has races in two director districts among four newcomers.
In Director District 1 - most of Panora - recently appointed Lila Lutz faces Kellie Flanery while Damon Crandall and Lucas Wendl square off in Director District 5, which is a small portion of Panora and part
of Lake Panorama.
Longtime board member and president Bryice Wilke did not seek re-election. Deb Westergaard is unopposed in Director District No. 3, the south part of the school district.
In Yale, Mayor Steve Stanton and councilmen Ben Sease and Brandon Godwin are unopposed. Judy Daggett, June Rector and Alecia LLeshi seek to fill three council positions at Linden.