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Changes in store for Woodbine city government after November 2 election

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Mayor runs for city council; city councilman runs for mayor

Public measures also on ballots in Harrison County

Woodbine voters will elect a new mayor on November 2. Rick Grau, the incumbent, has filed for one of the three seats up for election on the city council.

Six candidates are running for the three Woodbine council seats – incumbents Randy S. Vandemark and Greg Wallis, and Jefferson D. Davis, Nikki J. Davis, Chris J. Lenning and Grau.

Two candidates seeking the mayor’s seat are Rob Cogdill and Douglas John McElwain.

Cogdill is one of two council members who terms will expire at the end of 2023. The other is Darryl Cleaver.

If Cogdill is elected mayor, that would leave a council vacancy to be filled by appointment or a special election.

Woodbine also has a public measure on its ballot, to amend the code language for the library board to allow six resident members and one non-resident member.

Voters in the Boyer Valley School District will decide on three public measures on their ballot.

Measure FI is a vote on voter-approved physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) to not exceed $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation of property tax for a period not to exceed 10 years. If passed, the PPEL levy would begin with property taxes collected in fiscal year 2023-2024. The measure would also impose a PPEL income surtax on the state individual income tax beginning with calendar year 2023.

Measure FJ is a general obligation bond vote not to exceed $8.2 million to construct, furnish and equip an addition to the high school building, including gymnasium/band room; to remodel, repair, improve, furnish and equip portions of the high school building including the shop, vocational agriculture, auditorium, lockers, kitchen, Campus Care, offices area and security improvements; and to remodel, repair, improve, furnish and equip the elementary school building, including Campus Care, band, kitchen, preschool, restrooms and educational areas.

Measure FK is to adopt a revenue purpose statement on the uses of revenues the school district will receive from the State of Iowa Secure an Advance Vision (SAVE) for Education Fund. SAVE was formerly known as the statewide school infrastructure sales and services tax and also as the local option sales and services tax for school infrastructure. Revenue for SAVE is a 1% sales tax (one penny per dollar) that was enacted on July 1, 2008, and currently has an expiration date of December 31, 2029. The revenue purpose statement, if adopted, will remain in effect until replaced or amended by the school board.

Following is a list of candidates who filed nomination papers for the municipal elections in Harrison County.

Dunlap

City council, 3 seats up for election: Tony Casperson (incumbent), Benjamin Schauer (incumbent) Jeff Skarin

City council to fill a vacancy: Mike Gunia (incumbent)

Little Sioux

Mayor: Laura Hartman (incumbent), Armando Scott Ortiz

City council, 2 seats up for election: Helen Carritt (only person to file); Carritt is an incumbent

City council to fill a vacancy: Robert E. Shearer

Logan

Mayor: Clinton K. McDonald (incumbent)

City Council, 3 seats up for election: Tyler Hinkel, Scott Moss (incumbent), Jason Sporrer (incumbent)

Magnolia

Mayor: David Weigelt (incumbent)

City council, 3 seats up for election: Gene Barber, Eugene Jacobsen (incumbent), Michelle Rhoten (incumbent)

Missouri Valley

Mayor: Roger Gunderson, Shawn Kelly (incumbent), Paul Robert Messerschmidt

City council, 2 seats up for election: Robert Fairchild, Patty Stueve (incumbent), Kevin Taylor

City council to fill a vacancy: Aaron Tuttle (incumbent)

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Modale

Mayor: James Cox (incumbent)

City council, 5 seats up for election: Blair Adams, Johnny L. Cooperrider, Kathleen M. Dugdale (incumbent), Amber Larsen, Katie Offenbacker (incumbent), Terigene Tiffey (incumbent)

Mondamin

Mayor: No candidates filed

City council, 3 seats up for election: Karen Breyfogle (incumbent), Richard T. Coyle (incumbent), John J. Glennie

City council to fill a vacancy: James Rains (incumbent)

Persia

Mayor: Spencer Adams, Shawn Flaherty (incumbent)

City council, 3 seats up for election: Wade Andersen, Kevin Chapman, Chad Pitts (incumbent), Matthew Vonnahme

Pisgah

City council, 2 seats up for election: Scott Baumfalk, Lori McWilliams (both incumbents)

City council to fill a vacancy: No candidates filed

Woodbine

Mayor: Rob Cogdill, Douglas John McElwain

City council, 3 seats up for election: Jefferson D. Davis, Nikki J. Davis, Rick Gau, Chris J. Lenning, Randy S. Vandemark (incumbent), Greg Wallis (incumbent)

Following are the candidates who filed for seats on school boards in Harrison County.

Logan-Magnolia

2 seats up for election: Brian Koenig, Brianne Niedermyer, Kala Pitt-Wingert

Missouri Valley

2 seats up for election: Jeffrey A. Janssen (incumbent), Carrie Watson

West Harrison

District 1, 1 seat up for election: No candidates filed

District 3, 1 seat up for election: Randy Wohlers (incumbent)

District 4, 1 seat up for election: Hillary Stevenson

Woodbine

2 seats up for election: Curtis Lee, Amber D. Nelson (both incumbents)

Boyer Valley

District 1, 1 seat up for election: Ken T. Dunham (incumbent)

District 2, 1 seat up for election: Jen Miller, JoEtt Cogdill (incumbent)

Director at Large, 1 seat up for election: Elizabeth R. Heistand (incumbent)

District 2, to fill a vacancy: Kristy Skarin, Benjamin Hansen, Jeff Berens

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