Candidate filing begins Monday

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Filing for the Nov. 5 school board and city election begins Monday, Aug. 26.

Candidates for these offices have already begun collecting signatures. When the necessary paperwork is complete, it must be turned in by Sept. 19 at 5 p.m.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has full candidates’ guides for the school and city elections. Just click on the links.

Beginning with school boards, Knoxville has three seats up for election. They are currently held by Larissa Van Donselaar, Andrew Schmidt and Vickie Reed. Schmidt and Reed were elected to fill vacancies in 2017.

Melcher-Dallas has three seats up as well, currently held by Bob Lepley, Christine Williams and Jake Mathes. In Pella, Districts 1 and 2 are up. District 1 is currently served by Tim Tripp and District 2 by Gary Coppock.

There are three seats up for election in Pleasantville, all of them at-large. Current board members serving in these positions include Troy Padellford, Mark Core and Josh Cook.

Twin Cedars’ Districts 1, 2, and 4 will be on the ballot. They are currently served by Paul Haselhuhn, Kelly Carlson and Jolinda Fairchild, respectively.

City council and mayoral races among Marion County’s nine incorporated municipalities will include:

  • Bussey: Mayor and three council seats. Current officeholders include Mayor Larry Pinegar, John Finch, Stephanie Price and Wade Bonnett.
  • Hamilton: All council seats and Mayor. Current officeholders include Mayor Pat Silvers, Jerry Johnson, Curt Riseley, Lynn Silvers, Angela Johnson and Keith Johnson.
  • Harvey: All council seats and Mayor: Current officeholders include Mayor Dennis Seibert, Charlie Evans, Tyler Geery, Martin Heaton, Jamie Vander Veer and Sue Ver Meer.
  • Knoxville: Mayor and three council seats. Current officeholders include Mayor Brian Hatch, John Gotta, Rick Kingery and James Lane.
  • Marysville: Mayor and three council seats. Current officeholders include Mayor Corey Bakalar, Bill Pinegar, Robert Pinegar and Cindy Pinegar.
  • Melcher-Dallas: Mayor and three council seats. Current officeholders include Mayor Barb Van Wyk, Terry Fisher, Robert Robbins and David Ernst.
  • Pella: Mayor and three council seats. Current officeholders include Mayor Jim Mueller, Harold Van Stryland (Ward 2), Larry J. Peterson (Ward 4) and Tony Bokhoven (at-large).
  • Pleasantville: Mayor and three council seats. Current officeholders include Mayor Bill Moore, Aaron Hurt, Pam Bull and Steve Marsh.
  • Swan: All council seats and Mayor. Current officeholders include Mayor Robert Harding, David Heywood, Denny Wallace, Stacy Harding, Janet Dowling and Bill Gobbel.

School board candidates turn in their paperwork to their board secretaries. City candidates turn in their paperwork to Marion County Auditor Jake Grandia.

Look to the Marion County Tribune, Pleasantville Weekly and www.marioncountytribune.com as the elections draw closer for more information.

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