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Don’t forget Extension board elections on Nov. 6

By Staff | Oct 27, 2012

By LARRY KERSHNER

kersh@farm-news.com

Voters’ ballots on Nov. 6 will include county Extension board elections. All posts are for four-year terms, unless otherwise indicated, and elected at large.

Within Farm News’ coverage area, candidates who will appear on county ballots are:

Boone: There are four seats open. Candidates are Sean Blomgren, Ames; Kyle Chesnut, Boone; Kim Rinker, Ogden; and Todd Kilzer, Madrid. Blomgren, Chesnut and Rinker are all incumbents.

Buena Vista: Four candidates will be on the ballot to fill four posts. These are Laura Sievers, Albert City; Gretchen Miller, Alta; Jan Lietz, Alta; and Ben Hollesen, Sioux Rapids. There are no incumbents running.

Calhoun: There are five candidates seeking election to four positions. They are Michelle Dischler, Rockwell City; Dawn Clark, Lake City; Tom McClue, Lake City; Darcy Murley, Rockwell City; and Randy Souder, Rockwell City. Dischler is the only incumbent.

Carroll: Four positions are open, but only three names will appear on the ballot. These are Ralph von Qualen, Carroll; Liz Heinrich, Deham; and Ross Muhlbauer, Manning. Von Qualen is the lone incumbent.

Cerro Gordo: There are five seats open for election. Candidates are William Cody, Mason City; Lana Schaefer, Mason City; Dean Weber, Rockwell; Tracy Steil, Swaledale; Mark Dorenkamp, Mason City. Cody, Schaefer and Weber are all incumbents.

Cherokee: There are three candidates standing election to three posts including Chuck Clark, Cherokee; David Whited, Marcus; and Barb Kindwall, Cherokee. Clark and Whited are incumbents.

Clay: Four posts are to be filled with four candidates on the ballot including Linda Foerster, Ruthven; Teresa Stueben, Everly; Candace Daniels, Spencer; and Kent Thiesen, Spencer. Stueben is the only incumbent.

Crawford: There are four posts to be filled with eight candidates on the ballot including three incumbents. Candidates are Debra Garrett, Dow City; Greg Gronau, Vail; Sioux Parr, Charter Oak; Kenneth Kahl, Dow City; Angel Jepsen, Charter Oak; Kimberly Fineran, Manilla; Diane Arkfeld, Manning; and Christopher Thelen, Denison. Garrett, Gronau and Parr are the incumbents.

Dallas: Four candidates are seeking four vacant seat. They are Sandy Bland, Clive; Colby Dawes, Adel; Nicki Stajcar, Adel; and Gregory John Schuldt, Perry. There are no incumbents seeking reelection.

Dickinson: Four canddidates are seeking four open seats including Steve Brueggeman, Lake Park; and Cari Wallace, Lake Park; Keith Brockmeyer, Spirit Lake; Robert VonEhwegen, from Terril. Brueggeman and Wallace are incumbents.

Emmet: Six candidates are seeking to fill four posts. They are Keith Richard, of Estherville; Brent Baddeley, Gruver; Athlyn Black, Ringsted; Bruce Chrestiansen, Estherville; David Solberg, Ringsted; and Jerome Schacherer, Estherville. Richard is the sole incumbent.

Franklin: There are four seats open. Candidates are Merrill Ahrens, Hampton; Sarah Beaver, Latimer; Jamie Reinke, Geneva; and Kristen Borcherding, Hampton. Ahrens is the lone incumbent on the ballot.

Greene: There are four candidates seeking four open seats. They are Amber Bacon-Lawton, Jefferson; Tom Heater, Jefferson; Katie Luesink, Jefferson; and Shari Minnehan, Churdan. There are no incumbents on the ballot.

Hamilton: Four vacant seats are being sought by six candidates including Kathy Getting, Williams; Teresa Gourley, Webster City; Cindy McCollough, Stratford; Gayle Odland, Webster City; Cathy Stakey, Kamrar; Kristine Walker, Webster City. There are no incumbents on the ballot.

Hancock: Five candidates are seeking four posts. They are Heidi Konz, Garner; Nathanial Hill, Kanawha; Karla Rauk, Garner; Mary Graham, Garner; and Ted Hall, Forest City. Konz and Hall are incumbents.

There are also two two-year posts to fill unexpired terms ending December 2014. These candidates are Brenda Adams, Garner; Jim Wellik, Woden.

Hardin: There are four seats to be filled. Candidates are Jen Mitchell, New Providence; Jeff Roll, Eldora; Val Cook, Hubbard; and Peggy Daniels, Eldora. Mitchell, Roll and Cook are all incumbents.

Humboldt: There are six candidates seeking four four-year terms and one seeking to fill a two-year term. Candidates seeking four-year posts are Jenna Bormann, Humboldt; Jeffery Goodell, Gilmore City; Larry Lane, Humboldt; Cassandra Smith, Humboldt; Marilyn Stein, Gilmore City; and Dee Stern, Humboldt. Lane is the only incumbent. Will Spellmeyer, Humboldt, is seeking the two-year post.

Ida: There are four posts available with three candidates on the ballot including Klint Cork, Galva; Matt Cook, Holstein; and DeeAnn paulsrud, Danbury. Cork is the lone incumbent.

Kossuth: Three candidates will appear the ballot with four posts on the council open. Candidates are Joe Thilges, Wesley; Jason Faber, Swea City; and Barb Legler, Corwith. Thilges and Faber are incumbents.

Lyon: There are four vacant seats open. Candidates are Dustin Bosch, Rock Rapids; Craig Madsen, George; Diane Peters, Little Rock; Dennis Winkowitsch, George. There are no incumbents on the ballot.

Marshall: There are four seats open. Candidates are Joyce Thomas, State Center; Reed Riskedahl, Marshalltown; Craig Hawkins, Haverhill/Laurel; Maryann Lovell, Marshalltown. Thomas and Riskedahl are both incumbents.

O’Brien: There are four vacant seats open. Candidates are John Erickson, Sutherland; Deanna Akeson, Archer; Ryan Goosen, Paullina; and Mariah Oliver, Paullina. There are no incumbents on the ballot.

Osceola: There are four seats open. Candidates are Rebecca Krogman, Sibley; Nancy Nasers, Sibley; Amy Glade, Ocheyedan; Tim Ellerbroek, Sibley. Krogman and Nasers are incumbents.

Palo Alto: There are four candidates seeking four posts including Denise Flaherty, Graettinger; John Banwart, West Bend; Anita Fisher, West Bend; and Coleen Ruddy, Emmetsburg. Fisher is the lone incumbent.

Plymouth: There are six seeking election to four vacant seats. Candidates are Brad Harvey, Akron; Alex Popken, Orange City; Yvette Bowen, Le Mars; Pat Lehner, Le Mars; Cindy Klemme, Akron; Deb Baldwin, Merrill. Harvey and Lehner are incumbents.

Pocahontas: There are six candidates seeking four positions. These are Tiffany Clark, Palmer; Cheryl Hawk, Havelock; Larry Movall, Pomeroy; Peter Seehusen, Pocahontas; Jean Trimble, Plover; and Lynn Winell, Albert City. Movall is the only incumbent.

Polk: There are four vacant seats. Candidates are Harold Hommes, Des Moines; Larry Lykins, Altoona; Julie McGongele, Urbandale; and Kevin Clark, Des Moines. Hommes is the only incumbent on the ballot.

Sac: There are five canddidates seeking election to four open posts. They are Steve Determan, Early; Gale Blaas, Sac City; Doug Steinkamp, Wall lake; Dave Nees, Early; and Ellen Pickhinke, Early. Determan, Nees and Pickhinke are all incumbents.

Sioux: Four candidates are seeking four positions including Nan Kiel, Orange City; Bertha Lammers, Maurice; Mark Pottebaum, Alton; Jared Weber, Orange City. There are no incumbents.

Story: There are four open seats. Candidates are Jean Saveraid, Huxley; Cathy Miller, Ames; Bob Krause, Slater; and Leonard Foley, Huxley. Saveraid, Miller and Krause are all incumbents.

Webster: There are five candidates seeking four four-year posts and one seeking to fill atwo-year term. Seeking four-year positions are Gary Hammitt, Vincent; Allen Hayek, Duncombe; LeAnn Lawler, Clare; Dan O’Hern, Clare; and Mark Peterson, Harcourt. Hammitt is the only incumbent. Denny Amman, Fort Dodge, is seeking the two-year term.

Woodbury: Five candidates are seeking five posts including Carol Nelson, Moville; Carrie Radloff, Sioux City; Alan Ralston, Moville; Tom Ullrich, Sloan; and Don Wiese, Moville. Radloff is running to fill an unexpired term. Nelson, Radloff, Ralston and Ullrich are incumbents.

Wright: There are six candidates seeking four posts, including two incumbents. They are Chris Adcock, Belmond; Ethan Bubeck, Eagle Grove; Heather Christensen, Goldfield; Dani Eisentrager, Goldfield; Kevin Moss, Clarion; and Steve Tassinari, Dows. Bubeck and Moss are the incumbents.

Successful candidates will take office in January 2013.

Extension council members make policy, programming and budget decisions for their respective counties.

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