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Jasper County Tribune

Colfax, Baxter, Mingo elections fill city, school board seats

A voter casts his ballot at the Jasper County Fairgrounds poll location Tuesday. The election included Colfax city council members and Colfax-Mingo board members. Also, included on the ballot was the Colfax-Mingo bond issue.
A voter casts his ballot at the Jasper County Fairgrounds poll location Tuesday. The election included Colfax city council members and Colfax-Mingo board members. Also, included on the ballot was the Colfax-Mingo bond issue.

There were three members of the Colfax City Council, the mayor of Colfax and four members of the Colfax-Mingo School Board who ran unopposed for their respective seats this year.

Mayor of Colfax David Mast ran unopposed to serve another term as Mayor of Colfax. Mast is completing 22 years of service with the city of Colfax. Mast has previously been on the city council and the AMVETS Commander. Unofficial results from the Jasper County Auditor’s Office showed Mast gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

“It just seems like the mayor and the council have been doing something right when nobody is in opposition and we are going to continue working for the progress of Colfax,” Mast said.

Councilperson Bryan Poulter ran unopposed for his seat to continue to represent ward 1. Poulter is a retired Colfax-Mingo educator and has been a Colfax City Councilperson since the late 80s. Poulter gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

Colfax also had one of its two at-large seats up for election. This seat is currently filled by Curtis Small who ran unopposed to continue representing the city of Colfax on the city council. Small gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

“We have got a council right now that is in sync with each other and we are wanting to move the city forward into the future,” Small said.

The last Colfax Councilperson to run was Wes Snyder who currently represents Ward 3 of Colfax. Much like the other city council members and the mayor Snyder ran unopposed in continuing his seat. Snyder gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

Colfax-Mingo School Board Elections

The Colfax-Mingo Community School District had three continuing members of the school board on the ballot along with one new face coming in this year.

The representation for District 2 is Jan Myers. Myers ran unopposed in this election and will continue to serve the district. Myers gained more than 90 percent of the votes. Myers will be moving into her third term on the board.

“I am very honored to continue represent my district for Colfax-Mingo,” Myers said.

The representation for District 6 will look different coming into the next year as current board member Brandie Gean stepped down from the position. Dawn Gibson ran unopposed for the seat. Gibson gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

“I am really excited and I think that the district has a lot of good things going for it. With the bond issue passing I think we have a really bright future,” Gibson said.

Of the two remaining seats one was for the representation of District 3. District Three is held by Mardell Tomlonovic who ran unopposed to continue her service to Colfax-Mingo schools. Tomlonovic gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

The last seat that was on the ballot was for District 4. This seat is held by Mary Poulter who ran unopposed. Poulter gained more than 90 percent of the votes.

Baxter Elections

In Baxter, mayor Gennypher Popenhagen was re-elected in her uncontested contest. City council will have a change with Tootie Samson receiving the second most votes at 113, joining currently councilman Jason Robinson who garnered 144 votes. Councilwoman Kelly Milligan finished the race with 96 votes, falling short in her re-election bid.

For the Baxter Community School District all three incumbents, Collette Kunkel, Debra Meyer and Kimberly Tichy, were re-elected after running unopposed.

Mingo Elections

Gary Bartels will continue as Mingo’s mayor and he will be joined by council members Rhonda Milligan and Kristen Crozier at the table. Crozier received 61 votes with Milligan gathering 47 and challenger Stacy Lane tallying 35 in an unsuccesful bid.

If you would like more information on the details and outcomes of this year’s elections you can visit results.enr.clarityelections.com/IA/Jasper/98429/web/#/summary?voteType=All&precinct=All&party=All.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or dteays@newtondailynews.com

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