Incumbent defeated at W-MU
One incumbent was defeated during light turnout in Tuesday’s school board elections.
There were few contested races. However, in the Winfield-Mt. Union Community School District, incumbent Mindy Shelledy finished third in a three-way race for two board seats. Shelledy had 21 votes. Newcomer Joy Sparrow topped the W-MU tally with 68 votes and incumbent Robin Therme retained her seat with 48 votes.
New London also had three candidates vying for two positions. Newcomer Shane Mettler was the top vote-getter with 389 votes, incumbent Lindsay Porter also re-claimed her post with 372 votes. Former New London Mayor Michael McBeth finished third at 253 votes.
Bob McPheron, who currently is a New London School Board member, retired from the board.
WACO School Board President Tim Graber, the only incumbent running for three vacant board seats, was re-elected with 50 votes. Newcomers Tim Gerot had 54 votes and Barb Shelman netted 47 votes. Shelman ran as a write-in candidate as no candidate filed nomination papers in District 34.
Incumbent Jarod Graber opted not to seek re-election to the board and current board member JoEllen Jepson also retired from the board. Graber currently represents District 2 (the district in which Gerot was elected) but opted to run for Jepson’s at-large seat.
Incumbents Brad Holtkamp (District 5), Regina Erickson (District 2) and Lyle Murray (District 1) ran unopposed in the Mt. Pleasant Community School District.
As is the case traditionally, voter turnout was light due to the lack of contested races.
Board members elected Tuesday will serve four-year terms and begin their term following the election canvass by the Henry County Board of Supervisors.
Lanny Hillyard received the nod for a term on the Southeastern Community College Board of Directors.