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Voters write in winners
Candidates off ballot will fill two seats on Grand Mound Council

By Tom Pantera

The majority of the Grand Mound City Council is facing a bit of a learning curve.

Jamie Stearns, who recently joined the council to fill a vacant seat, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's election in an unopposed bid to keep that position.

But the three other people elected will be new to the council - and two of those were write-in candidates.

With Chris Beuthien and Tami Guy deciding not to seek re-election, that left their seats, plus incumbent Dan Figley's, up for re-election.

Other winners were Will Fischer and write-in candidates Troy Olson and Karen Brix.

Figley actually finished last in the voting. Nancy Daehn - arguably the most high-profile candidate in the race because of her fight against C&J Trucking's expansion plans - and Devin Heath finished ahead of Figley, but failed to win.

Incumbent Mayor Kurt Crossthwaite ran unopposed for re-election.

Brix, the only council candidate who could be reached for comment Wednesday, said nothing in particular had motivated her to run other than "the willingness to serve my community."

She said she did not know whether the recent controversy in Grand Mound had allowed write-in candidates to win.

"I was asked by some neighbors and some people if I would consider [running] as a write-in candidate," Brix said. "I didn't think I would get voted [in], but I guess I did."

In Welton, where Glen Boswell did not seek re-election as mayor, 12 write-in voters put him back into office.

Like other write-in candidates, he has 10 days to notify election officials whether he will accept the job.

Boswell said he didn't specifically ask people not to write in his name, but, "I was really wanting someone else to step up and take the position."

He was not certain whether he would accept the draft.

"I honestly haven't made my decision yet," he said.

City summaries

Even outside Grand Mound, write-in votes played a big role in filling many city offices throughout Clinton County on Election Day as several cities had elected positions on the ballot for which no candidates filed.

But election returns reported Tuesday night are unofficial, warned Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker, who is also commissioner of elections.

Totals can change, especially in write-in vote totals, he said. Results will be finalized for most cities when the Board of Supervisors does a canvass of the vote at its regular meeting Monday. Canvass for the DeWitt and Clinton elections will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Voters in Delmar, DeWitt and Wheatland had no ballot contests. Here is a summary of unofficial results from all cities:


Just as in 2015, the mayor and five council seats were all filled by write-in votes.

Mayor Jason Johnson was re-elected, as were council members Kevin Diercks, Robert Naeve. Dennis Johnson and Jennifer Huling were chosen to fill out the five-member council.


Tyler Leibold was elected mayor unopposed on a ballot that contained no incumbents for three open positions. Terry Steines did not see re-election.

Mark Buckner and Curtis J. Reed easily won the two council seats in a four-way race on the ballot. Incumbents Lavern Boedeker and Julie Kalfas did not file for re-election.


Mayor Trevor Willis won re-election by getting more than two-thirds of the vote against City Council member Amber Metzger.

Three open council seats were won by newcomers Brent Brightman, Tammy Campie and Danny Weller. Incumbents Marvin Lind, Jay Saxon and William J. Wruck, along with former council member William Simpson, also were on the ballot.


Peggy Sellnau was re-elected mayor without opposition.

Three open council seats were filled by incumbents Megan Graves and James L. Keller and newcomer Marcus J. Winkler. Council member Abby Tarr was unsuccessful in her campaign for another term.


Third Ward Councilman Ed O'Neill lost his re-election effort to Seth Odor, who won nearly 65 percent of the vote.

Julie Allesee was re-elected unopposed to her 1st Ward seat, while Sean Connell and Bill Schemers won at-large seats in the three-way race.


Patty Hardin was re-elected mayor and Daryl Eberhart and Daniel Simmons won council seats, all without opposition.


Dawn Marcus was re-elected to her at-large seat, and Steven Hasenmiller to his 2nd Ward position, without opposition.

Goose Lake

Write-in votes elected Mike Mattis to one of three council seats on the ballot. Incumbent Janice L. Bormann and newcomer Christina Schneider won the other seats.

Kendell R. Schoon will be the new mayor. He was elected unopposed.

Lost Nation

Ramon Gilroy was elected as the new mayor, winning unopposed.

Three council seats will be filled by incumbents Ken Lacey and Jusin Wagner and newcomer Stephanie Dosland, whose 44 votes led the council ballot in a four-way race.

Low Moor

Mayor Thomas L. Goldensoph won re-election unopposed, as did council members Derek Hoenig, Heather Hoenig, Brandi Pray and Karna Rehr.

The fifth council seats will be filled by Brenda Larkey, a write-in candidate.


Write-in votes elected Brenda Kay as mayor, as well as four of the five city council seats.

Incumbent Councilman Bruce Ewoldt was the only candidate to file to be on the ballot. Elected by write-in were incumbents Deb Bartels and Elba Scheper, along with Dana Pelley and Linda Schneider.


Incumbent Cindy Jacobsen won re-election, and Lorelei Moen also captured one of three council seats on the ballot.

But two write-in candidates tied for the third spot. If both Anthony DeMoss and Jimmy Mickey indicate they will accept the position, the winner will be determined by drawing a name out of a hat, Auditor Van Lancker said.

Although Mayor Glen Boswell did not file for re-election, 12 write-in votes appeared to make him the voters' choice for the job.


Century Schnede has no opponent in a re-election campaign for mayor, and incumbent Jeremiah Wiese and Christy Stankee were the only candidates for two council seats on the ballot.

Larry Lough contributed to this story.

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