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School board election moves to November

Candidates must file by Aug. 26

August 11, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

After years of school board elections taking place near the opening of the school year in September, school board elections in Iowa have moved to Election Day, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. This year the date is Nov. 5. The first day school board candidates can file nomination papers with the school district or community college board secretary is this month, Aug. 26.

For Iowa Lakes Community College, both of the Emmet County trustees, Janice Lund of Estherville and Arden Kinnander of Armstrong are up for re-election.

For Estherville Lincoln Central School District, board president Kathy Cornwall, Melissa Regelstad, and Cory Hoyer's spots are open. Cornwall has said she is not running again.

For North Union School District, Travis Nielsen (District 3) and Mike Bierstedt's (at-large) terms expire in 2019.

For Graettinger-Terril School District, Kevin Jensen, Patrick Fairchild, and Jeremiah DePyper's spots are open for this election.

Nothing is set in stone about incumbent school board or trustee members running for re-election until nomination papers begin coming in. Aug. 26 is the first day to file nomination papers with the board secretary. Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. is the last day. Sept. 20, Board secretaries deliver nomination papers to the controlling commissioner by noon. If any vacancies are created on the school board Sept. 21 or later, the vacancies must be filled at the school board election if a valid petition for election is filed. Any appointment will be temporary until the election.

Sept. 24 is the last day for a school board candidate to withdraw from the election. Written objections to nomination papers or questions of the eligibility of candidates must be filed by 5 p.m.

Nov. 5 is school election day with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The votes cast Nov. 5 will be canvassed Nov. 12 or 13.

Iowa code has not specified a date for the organizational meeting. The organizational meeting is the school board's first regular or special meeting following the canvass. The board organizes the new term during this meeting.

Any citizen who resides in and is able to register to vote in their district, who is not a felon (unless voting rights have been restored), has not been determined mentally incompetent, and is over the age of 18 may run for school board in their district. For Iowa Lakes Community College, seven trustee districts are designated by county in which its five campuses are located.

For those eligible and interested in making a difference by running for school board, the Iowa Association of School Boards offers education for new and continuing school board members. The Association has scheduled a live informational series for candidates to learn about a range of election-related topics. The Association is offering these webinars online on Zoom and Facebook Live. For potential candidates without a device to effectively watch these presentations, the Estherville Public Library is one place that offers computers and tech assistance to get connected.

Aug. 20 is the first in the series: Running for the School Board: Essential Tips for Candidates from noon to 1 p.m. The Association said the first webinar is an essential first step for any individual interested in running for the board.

Sept 10 is the second: Maintaining your Community's Trust: Legal & Ethical Campaigns for School Board from noon-1 p.m.

Sept 24 is Confessions of a School Board Member: Perks and Pitfalls from noon-1 p.m.

Oct. 8 is School Board Service: Equity and Excellence for All Are you ready? From noon- 1p.m.

The Association also offers new board member education with a workshop on Nov. 20 at the Association's convention and follow-up regional workshops in January and February.

The IASB has more information at Candidate paperwork is available at the Iowa Secretary of State website. The Estherville News will have information about candidates after Sept. 19.



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