Race begins for school board positions

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

5 seek 3 Spencer seats, CC-E to see new faces

Papers have been filed to set the field of candidates for local school board positions in both the Spencer and Clay Central-Everly school districts.

Spencer’s school board election will feature three incumbents, Dean Mechler, Bob Whittenburg and Bill Zinn, seeking to retain their positions with challenges coming from Patty Ellsworth and David Schlichtemeier all vying for the three available seats.

CC-E’s election features incumbent Allison Goyette running uncontested for District No. 4 seat with new faces Steve Kracht, of Rossie, and Denny Dalen, of Everly, running unopposed for districts 5 and 2 positions, respectively.

The election will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 12, with Spencer polling precincts open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., other Clay County polling locations open from noon to 8 p.m. Those wishing to vote absentee will be able to vote at the Clay County Administration Building once ballots arrive.

Clay County Auditor Marjorie Pitts said that the easiest way to know if absentee ballots are available is to check the flagpole outside the Clay County Administration Building.

“If the ‘vote here’ flag is out, we have the ballots,” Pitts said. “We are the only place that someone can vote in the entire county up until election day on Sept. 12.”

Once the Clay County Administration Building has received its absentee ballots, voters can stop by to fill out their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays leading up to election day.

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