August 16, 2022

Lorimor to have special election for council seat

Voters in Lorimor will go to the polls for a special election Aug. 2 to fill a vacancy for city council.

Sandy Cornelison and Jody King are the candidates. Cornelison is the wife of Merrill who had the seat until his death in April.

“During his time, I had done quite a bit of work with the city with him,” Sandy said. “I decided to run as a bunch of people told me I needed to.”

Sandy said the support for her has been encouraging.

“I will take over from where Merrill approved. Everybody approved of him and I can do the same thing. We would set at the table at night and discuss what is going on.”

Sandy wants council to be more aggressive and productive.

Sandy said one issue Lorimor is facing is securing a natural gas supplier for the town.

“We do not have city employees who could handle the gas since they are not trained. The whole town going on propane; no one can afford to do that,” she said.

King declined to comment.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Absentee voting for this election will be held to Aug. 1 in the Union County Auditor’s Office. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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.