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UPDATE: Clay County city election results

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Mayor: Verland "Bud" Meyer, 118; James Sembach, Jr., 31; Kimberly Gonzalez, 2; Write in, 1.

City Council (3): Cathy Adkins, 121; Tara Patrick, 110; Bradley Behrens, 107.

Voter turnout: 154 of 468 (32.9 percent)


Mayor: Florence Ihry, 54; Write in, 65. (Write-in votes split between two candidates).

City Council (3): Jeff Van Westen, 118; Monica Kelly, 97; Tabitha Howe, 81; Terry Johnson, 73; Lee Youde, 23; Write in, 2.

Voter turnout: 134 of 342 (39.18 percent)


Mayor: Scott Brown, 51; Write in, 3.

City Council (2): Vince McGee, 45; Steve Lohr, 44; Doug Reed, 38.

Voter turnout: 65 of 268 (24.25 percent)


Mayor: Reynold Peterson, 263; Write in, 19.

City Council:

Ward 2: Ed Krebs, 46; Write in, 1.

Ward 4: Randy Swanson, 75; Write in, 3.

At Large: Rich Prentice, 271; Write in, 9.

Hospital Board of Trustees (3): John Cotton, 274; Kris Van Berkum, 268; John Rahn, 263; Write in, 11.

Voter turnout: 269 of 8,295 (3.24 percent)


Mayor: Jon Jones, 23; Write in, 1.

City Council (3): Perry Leslie, 23; Steven Simmons, 19; Marlan Hagedorn, 18; Write in, 6.

Voter turnout: 24 of 137 (17.52 percent)


Mayor: Marlin Voss, 23.

City Council (2): Randall Anderson, 19; Mark Thomson, 15.

Voter turnout: 38 of 187 (20.32 percent)

Gillett Grove

Mayor: Gary Finley, 14.

City Council (5): Harley Burger, 18; Jeff Koenig, 12; Ken Chard, 11; Dorothy Burger, 9; Judy Bevers, 8.

Voter turnout: 16 of 56 (28.57 percent)


Mayor: Casey Lawson, 8.

City Council (5): Donald Scott, 22; Danny Knutson, 21; Nicole Lange, 20; Vincent Trierweiler, 18; Write in, 9.

Treasurer: Angie Lawson, 4.

Voter turnout: 25 of 61 (40.98 percent)


Mayor: Dave Yungbluth, 7.

City Council (5): Barb Trierweiler, 10; Beth Starkson, 8; Matthew Starkson, 6; Eric Krieger, 5; Zach Tewes, 4.

Voter turnout: 12 of 35 (34.29 percent)


Mayor: Mindy Sylvester, 40; Write in, 18.

City Council (2): Thomas Hansen, 43; Nick Smith, 31; Charles Peters, 18; Barb Brechler, 12.

Voter turnout: 56 of 124 (45.16 percent)

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Does the voter turnout include the absentee ballots? I'm having trouble figuring out how Gillet Grove can have a voter turnout of 16 but Harley Burger got 18 votes. In Webb there were 56 voters with a total of 58 votes for mayor??

-- Posted by nmyopinion on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 11:33 PM

Wow, only about 3 percent of registered voters in Spencer voted?! For a city the size of Spencer that is really, really bad. Im curious as to why.

-- Posted by brian48 on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 2:55 AM

No candidate in Spencer was running opposed, hence the poor turnout - sad.

-- Posted by Culture Warrior on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 6:49 AM

Regarding the pitiful voter turnout for Spencer: What if they gave an election and nobody voted?

If you didn't vote you have no right to complain. At the very least that should be incentive since doing your patriotic duty doesn't seem to cut it. So glad so many fought and died to give you the option to blow them off.

Doing it by mail makes it as simple as possible. So are we no too lazy or too apathic to even sign up for the mail in ballot?

-- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 9:11 AM

Perhaps what is more pitiful is that everyone appears to either be so happy with the status quo, or so unwilling to serve, that no one bothers to run against incumbents.

-- Posted by a-thought-or-two on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 11:21 AM

I'm not complaining, I'm not condemimg, just

respecting others opinions. After watching a

city hall meeting I'm wondering how crucial

these positions actually are. Now if there

would have been a yes or no vote on whether or

not to keep paying the salary of city manager

that we never hear anything about or know of what

he has done for Spencer I'm certain that you

would have had more than a 3.24% turn out. If

you want turn out, don't toss us peanuts, toss

us a steak.........

-- Posted by older and wiser on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 1:41 PM

Even if I didn't vote, I still have the right to complain. It say's so somewhere...

-- Posted by Cookster on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 5:37 PM

Very well said Older and Wiser!

-- Posted by Iowachick on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 9:08 PM

Wow what a turnout for Spencer. I didn't even know that we were having an election either. Its pretty bad to only have 3.24% of the voting population of Spencer vote. Plus didn't have any campaigning going on by the candidates. Seems that Spencers voters decided not to show support. Looks like a change for Spencer will never happen with this retirement community.

-- Posted by buss22 on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 9:51 PM

Usually when a job is being done well, you never know about it. Only when there are problems does it come to your attention. Waiting for bad news to inspire voting means it's a little late to get involved, damage has been done.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Wed, Nov 9, 2011, at 10:01 PM

Why don't they send out sample ballots? The only way you know to vote is if you happen to buy the rite paper, or pay $75 for a subscription or happen to look on line at the right time. It's a crap shoot. It would be much better to get a sample ballot with information about all the candidates and measures. You'd have a much bigger turnout.

-- Posted by Molly Weasley on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 11:30 AM

Do you not have a calendar Ms. Weasley? It was National Election Day printed right on most calendars, not Spencer only election day. If that is the reason people didn't vote, I am personally glad they didn't vote. Sounds harsh but if you care so little about your RIGHT to vote then why would I assume you would make an informed decision on who to vote for!

-- Posted by BitOfCommonSense on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 4:31 PM

thanks Bit

-- Posted by Steelerfan100 on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 9:01 PM

Dear helped_myself, again with respect. Quoting you, "Usually when a job is being done well, you never know about it." Let's give credit where credit is due, a pat on the back or how about some recognition. I would like to know what's being done so well, so as a citizen of Spencer, when I travel to other communities I have something to BRAG about.

I'm a Veteren who fought for your right to vote, but c'mon, what is so life altering about a mayor and 2 city council seats?

-- Posted by older and wiser on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 8:38 AM

One more thing for, helped_myself. When it comes time to vote for the next President of the United States, if the turn out is still only 3.24% then I'll be just as angry as you are. But I'm not going to cry over spilled milk. God Bless us all. And may he watch out for all of those who are still serving around the world and here at home.

-- Posted by older and wiser on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 8:51 AM

Molly- first Tuesday in November = election day, almost without fail. Or, you could watch just about any news program... or read just about any paper... including this one. ??

-- Posted by notinia on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 7:00 PM

Consider this next presidential election. Our choices are decided for us, and guess what, it is always voting for the lesser of two evils because that is all we're given. Yes, our right to vote was earned by our veterans but until we demand honest candidates to choose from I will not lower my standards for a president and vote for one of the pathetic choices we're always given. The last election myself and several others did write ins and they either weren't counted or weren't reported. Don't ever tell me I can't complain if I don't vote. My complaint is we are so compliant we would sell our soul to the devil because he killed the other buyers.

-- Posted by trybeinghonest on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 6:57 AM

trybeinghonest...you can complain EVEN if you do vote, did anyone ever tell you that? I too have standards, but I also have priorities. It's your choice to vote or not, whether it's for someone pathetic or not. For those who gained you that right didn't sell their souls to the devil. I'm sure there have been a few times when our service people over seas have voted and for some strange reason their vote didn't get counted either. Do you suppose they had time to sit down and whine about it? HAVE A GOOD DAY!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by older and wiser on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 1:23 PM

You missed my point. Our presidential elections and the candidates who gain favor with the so called free press are questionable at best. If you can't see that than maybe you need to drop the wiser from your screen name. I view things with an open mind and don't like what I see. And don't ever call me a whiner.

-- Posted by trybeinghonest on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 9:27 PM

wiser, will stay in my screen name. I never called you a whiner, but I will say it sounds like your a democrat....enough said.

-- Posted by older and wiser on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 12:43 PM

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