October 22, 2021

City council, school board candidate names released

Multiple entities in Union County will have contested seats for the school board and city council election scheduled Nov. 2.

The Union County Auditor’s Office released the candidates’ names for all the seats Friday.

The office is accepting absentee requests and will begin mailing requested absentee ballots on Oct. 13. The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is Oct. 18, this is the last day absentee ballots can be mailed. In person absentee voting will begin Oct. 13 at the auditor’s office and be available until the day before the election, Nov. 1. The pre-registration deadline is Oct. 18. The Polls will be open Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Nov. 2.

City Of Creston

Council at large, four-year term (vote for 1), Richard P. Madison Jr., Michele Thatcher; Council at large to fill vacancy, two-year term, Kiki Scarberry, Vidette Dixon-Borgmann, Jordan Nelson, Jesse O Bolinger; Council Ward 1, incumbent Jocelyn Blazek; Council Ward 3, vote for one, incumbent Matt Levine, Jennifer Worisek; Council Ward 5, Steven Wintermute; Park & Recreation, incumbent Gary Borcherding.

Creston School Board – 3 seats

Leslie Wurster, Amanda Mohr, incumbents Galen Zumbach, Sharon Snodgrass.

Southwestern Community College

Director District # 1 incumbent Jane Ernst; Director District # 6, incumbent Zach Gunsolley.

East Union School Board – 1 each District

District 1 – to fill vacancy – Carol Eckels; District 2 – incumbent Mike Rollings; District 5 – Desiree Thornton.

City of Afton

Mayor, incumbent Michelle Burger; City council (vote for 2) Sheryl Parham, Kristie Nixon, incumbent Jeffery Burger.

Arispe

City council to fill vacancy Diane S Smith; City council (vote for 3), Ernest Abell, Rodney Meinke.

Cromwell

Mayor incumbent Duane Adamson; Council (vote for 5), Jacob McGehee. Kevin McVay, incumbents Eric Millslagle, Amy Angell, Robert D Hepp, Curt D. Angell.

Lorimor

Mayor (vote for 1) Deborah Stuchel, Timothy Sly, Tim O’Neil, Jeannette Schwabe; Council 4-year term (vote for 3), Karen Tucker, Jody King, Mathew Lee Lenhart, incumbents Samantha Berch, Kendra VanderMartin, Merrill Cornelison.

Shannon City

Council four-year term (vote for 3), incumbents Clay Arnold, Glen Hoyt, Wes Gilbert

Thayer

Mayor incumbent, Jennifer Mitchell, Council (vote for 5), incumbents Keith L Mitchell Jr, Deana Welcher, Lacy Catalano, Karen Mitchell, Les Vanderpluym

Creston voters will also have three public measures:

“SHALL THE CITY OF CRESTON, IOWA ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT AND ISSUE ITS GENERAL OBLIGATION CAPITAL LOAN NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,000,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE DESIGN, CONSTUCTION, IMPROVEMENT, EQUIPPING AND FURNISHING OF A PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING?”

“SHALL THE CITY OF CRESTON, IOWA ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT AND ISSUE ITS GENERAL OBLIGATION CAPITAL LOAN NOTES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,000,000 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING MATCHING GRANTS, CONSTRUCTION, DREDGING, IMPROVEMENT AND RELATED RESTORATION OF MCKINLEY LAKE?”

“SHALL THE CITY OF CRESTON, IOWA CHANGE THE COMPOSITION AND MANNER OF SELECTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE MATILDA J. GIBSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY TO NINE (9) MEMBERS, WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF SEVEN (7) RESIDIENT MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR WITH APPROVAL OF THE CRESTON CITY COUNCIL AND TWO (2) NONRESIDENT MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR WITH APPROVAL OF THE UNION COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS?’

John Van Nostrand

JOHN VAN NOSTRAND

An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.