2011 General Elections – Part 2
November 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson
There are some hotly-contested races in this year’s General election. In Adair County: Three people are in the running to become Mayor in Fontanelle, including Lynn E. Eddy, R. Scott Homan, and Gregory S. Jackson. And, 9 people hope to fill three At Large seats on the city council. In Adair, Danny J. Claussen, Kelby Harris and Dennis J. Weigel are running for Mayor, four candidates are running for three At Large seats on the council, and three people are running for two vacancy seats on the council.
In Adams County: Corning incumbent Mayor Guy Brace faces a challenge from Judith Butcher and Janet E. Scheilz-Wood. There are no contested races in Carbon, where one city council position will be filled by a write-in vote. One council position will also be filled by write-in in Nodaway, and the Mayor’s job in Prescott will have to be filled by a write-in vote. Two write-in candidates will fill to At-Large positions on the council in Prescott, as well.
In Montgomery County: five candidates are in the running for the title of Mayor in Red Oak, where Ted Schoonover has opted not to run for re-election. And, three candidates are vying to become Mayor in Villisca. Voters in Red Oak’s three wards and Coburg will cast their ballots at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds’ Gold building.
In Shelby County: There is a three-way race for Mayor in Harlan, where Gary Christiansen has decided against running for re-election after serving in that position since January, 2000. There are also two persons in the race to fill the 4th Ward city council seat being vacated by Rhonda Brown, a 10-year member of the Harlan City Council. In Defiance, 2 incumbents and two challengers are running for city council. In Shelby, seven people are running for three seats on the city council. In Tennant, four people, including two incumbents, are also running for three open seats on the council.
In Guthrie County: three candidates are hoping to become Mayor in Guthrie Center, including incumbent Dennis Kunkle. There are also four people, including two incumbents running for three seats on the city council. In Adair, three candidates are vying to become Mayor. Five people are in the running for three At-Large seats on the city council, with three other candidates squaring-off for two vacancy positions on the council. In Bagley, five people are on the ballot for three council seats. Two are hoping to fill a vacancy term, while other three hope to fill two, four-year council positions. In Jamaica, four persons are on the ballot for two seats on the city council, and incumbent Mayor Hal Meinecke is being challenged by Jayanna Corbin. In Stuart, there are three candidates on the ballot for two council seats, including two incumbents. And, in Yale, there are four persons vying for two seats on the city council, including two incumbents.
There are no contested races in Audubon County. In Pottawattamie County: James Maassen is running unopposed for Mayor in Avoca, with incumbent Scott Pigsley not seeking another term. Incumbent Fred Miller and newcomers Marcella Deschamp, Jeff Gubbels, Sandy Petersen and Deanna Scroggie are vying for two City Council seats.
William Heitert and Eric Weuve face off for mayor in Carson, the winner replacing Lyndon Taylor, who’s not running. Five candidates — Richelle Alff, Victor Ayers, Troy Graves, Callie Kallsen and Clifford Pracht — will battle for two council seats.
The Hancock mayoral race features three candidates: incumbent Wayne Bivens and newcomers Jeff Gress and John Hayes. Newcomers Darwin Brockman and Herb Handel join incumbents Cyndi Guyer and James Kock in a race for three council seats.
Underwood Mayor Dennis Bardsley faces newcomer Robert Achenbach, while incumbents Robert Dose and Todd Erwin, along with newcomer Rhonda Johnson, are candidates for three council seats.
Richard Armstrong and O. Dean Olson are candidates for mayor in Minden. Patrick McFadden and Kevin Zimmerman are running unopposed for two council seats. John Wellman is running unopposed to fill the seat vacated by Brian Lund, who resigned.
Macedonia Mayor Terry Pullen runs unopposed, while Mitchell Easton, Terry Franks, Daniel Lajko, Bradley Swope and Donald Tye are candidates for three council seats.
Incumbent Lon Ring faces Jason Zaborowski for Neola mayor, while incumbents John Herbert Brich, Joe Munch and Aaron Wellman, as well as newcomer Pete Sorenson vie for three council seats.
In Oakland, Betsy Moniz is the only candidate for two available council seats. Debbie Rollins and Joe Wede are not seeking re-election.
Walnut Mayor Gene Larsen is running unopposed. Newcomer Marye Bierbaum and incumbent Kathleen Humann are running unopposed for two council seats. Tony Zimmerman is not seeking re-election.
In Treynor, Bryce Poland is running unopposed to replace Mayor Charles Killion, who isn’t running. Incumbent Allen Hadfield is the only candidate on the ballot for two council seats.