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Incumbents, newcomers fill board seats

Over 2,000 votes were cast in Tuesday’s school board election in Dallas County, allowing some incumbents such as Adel-DeSoto-Minburn’s Kelli Book and Rod Collins to remain seated for another four-year term.

According to the unofficial results provided by the Dallas County Auditor’s Office, Book received 123 votes while Collins received 114. A total of 8 write-in votes were also cast.

A-D-M Superintendent Greg Dufoe said he is pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to working with Collins and Book.

“They have a deep understanding of our needs (as a district) and where we need to grow,” he said. “They are a big part of developing our vision (at A-D-M).”

Incumbents David Eliers and Scott Brown both won their respective seats at Dallas Center-Grimes. Eliers received 21 votes and Brown with 22. Newcomer Doug Rants will also join the board after an uncontested election with 102 votes.

In Perry two seats were up for grabs this year. Former Perry School Board President Kathy Powell and board member Darek VanKirk did not run for re-election. Newcomer Kyle Baxter received 322 votes for one open seat while a write-in candidate received 293 votes.

Perry Superintendent Lynn Ubben stated she has heard “good things about him (Baxter) from the community” and will be meeting with the entire board Friday after the results are canvassed.

Baxter said he was also pleased with the result.

“I’m excited, even if I didn’t have any competition,” he said.

Three open seats for the Van Meter School Board were up for grabs with President Liz Thompson receiving 207 votes to keep her seat filled. Incumbent Brian Gordon also will stay on the board after receiving 161 votes. Mark Smith will also fill an open seat after he received 138 votes. Smith narrowly beat out candidate Rebecca Trimble who received 125 votes.

Incumbent Mary Thomas Scheve received 591 votes, earning her a second term on the Waukee School Board.

Newcomers David Cunningham, Wendy Liskey and Patrick Nehls will fill the other three available seats.

Cunningham received 550 votes, Liskey with 529, and Nehls with 496. Other candidates who ran included Sarah Bowman who received 147 votes, Dale Finnegan with 223, and Mary Umsted with 122. Six open seats were available on the West Central Valley School Board.

Candidates who will be making up the board include Harry Light in District 1 receiving 157 votes, a write-in candidate for District 2 with 40 votes, Kyle Godwin for District 3 with 172 votes, Martin Doud for District 4 with 180 votes, Jenyse Belden for District 6 with 175 votes, and a write-in candidate for District 7 who received 85 votes.

Two write-in votes for Districts 2 and 5 will be seated on the Woodward-Granger School Board. Incumbent Colleen Scharlau was beaten out by over 100 votes for those in favor of a write-in candidate. She received 104 votes while the write-in candidate received 254 for District 2. Incumbents Michael Musich and Kelly Squires vied for one open seat for District 3 with Musich narrowly beating Squires for the seat by one vote. Musich received 166 votes, Squires 165.

Another incumbent Rebecca Carroll will be keeping her seat on the board after she received 256 votes. A write-in candidate received 71 votes for the seat.

These results are unofficial until the Dallas County Board of Supervisors canvasses the votes on Friday. The names of the write-in candidates will also be available at that time.

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