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Nomination period open for city and school posts

August 30, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Candidates seeking mayor, city council posts and school board seats may now file nomination papers for the Nov. 5 election. Papers are due by Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

Papers are obtained from the Tama Auditor - Commissioner of elections Office in the Administration Building in Toledo, from respective city clerks and school board secretaries or on the Iowa Secretary of State's website:

In the South Tama School District board members Director for District 3 Penny Tyynismaa, Tama, District 2 Director Mandy Lekin, Toledo, have announced they plan to seek re-election. Long-time District 5 Director Jackie Dvorak, Chelsea, has announced she will not seek another term. She has served since being first appointed in 1999.

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South Tama School Board

In the South Tama School District candidates must be a resident of the district they wish to represent. All voters are eligible to vote for all posts across the ballot.

So far, at News-Herald press deadline, Jeff Hermanstorfer and Vicky Garske have both filed for seats on the Montour City Council. Seats in Montour held by Susan Eberhart and Charlie Bidwell and Mayor Luther Heller will be on the November ballot.


Linn Snell has filed for Elberon mayor, the position currently held by Robert Kesl. Council posts now occupied by Bruce Swyter and Snell are also up for election this year in Elberon.

In Tama, John Anderson has announced his candidacy for mayor, the seat held currently by Mike Carnahan and Randy Fairchild has told The News-Herald he will seek a council posts. Seats held by Aaron Haughey, Kenny Mcadoo and Robert Tyynismaa are all up for four-year terms in November.

The vote for city and school districts is combined for the first time, at least in recent election history.

"The goal of the legislature is to boost election turnout by combining these elections, State Representative Dean Fisher told The News-Herald. "With more at stake on the ballot, the interest should be higher. We also intend that by combining elections the overall costs can be shared and thus lowered, making our local government more cost effective."



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