Holten edges out Yslas for H-W school board
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:23am admin
Howard County - Alison Holten was just 16 votes ahead of Lucinda “Cindy” Yslas for Howard-Winneshiek School Board Director for District 1 in the Sept. 12 election.
Incumbent Duane Bodermann ran unopposed for District 4.
In Riceville Community School District, all candidates were running unopposed, with Shanna Hale taking all eight votes for District 2 and Karl Fox taking all four votes in District 5. Sue Runyon won the election for Northeast Iowa Community College Merged Area 1 with 25 of 26 votes cast.
In H-WCSD, Holten had 82 votes in Cresco, 11 in Elma, 14 in Lime Springs and 15 absentee for a total of 122. Yslas, who was appointed by the board to fill the remaining term of Karlos McClure in July, had 71 from Cresco, 10 in Elma, nine in Lime Springs and 16 absentee for a total of 106. Bodermann had 131 votes from Cresco, 15 from Elma, 22 from Lime Springs and 26 absentee for a total of 194.
Total number of voters for the school board election have been traditionally low. New legislation in Iowa has changed how the election process will work in 2019. Instead of having a September election for school board and a November election for city offiicals, both will be on the November ballot. This will save money, as well as get more votes to be cast in the school board election.