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The municipal elections were yesterday, November 7, 2023. There were a few items on the ballot: a Sigourney Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL), the Ward 1 and Ward 2 City Council seats, and an At Large City Council seat which had no candidates running, and several members won School Board seats.
You can see the results for many of the races here. This does not include the write-in votes below: https://electionresults.iowa.gov/IA/118686/web.317647/#/summary?voteType=All&precinct=Keokuk&party=All
City Council Results
Ed Conrad won reelection as City Council for Ward 1, running unopposed. (66 votes, 1 write-in against him.)
Connie McLaughlin running unopposed as City Council for Ward 2 won her seat, running unopposed. (32 votes, 3 write-ins against her.)
The most anticipated and unpredictable race is the At Large City Council seat, which had no declared candidates. To be on the ballot, one had to collect 10 nomination petitions. Instead, 57 write-in votes were collected.
According to the Keokuk County Auditor’s Office as of November 8, 2023, the three top vote-getters were:
- Dave Goldman, 6
- Randy Schultz, 6
- Dustin Breckenridge, 5
These are unofficial results until the canvas, which will probably be on November 13. I’ll update the results after that when we know who actually won.
Edit: The canvas has been completed and Randy Schultz won the election by draw. (See page 30.)
School Board Results
There were 4 candidates whose terms were expiring:
- Melissa Bird
- Michael Bensmiller
- Adam Clark
- Mark O’Rourke
Of those 4, Melissa Bird chose not to run for reelection.
There were 5 candidates for 4 School Board seats:
- Michael Bensmiller, 248
- Amy Wilcox, 232
- Tim Bruns, 229
- Adam Clark, 199
- Mark O’Rourke, 192
- Write-in, 17
Bensmiller and Clark won reelection. O’Rourke did not. Instead, Amy Wilcox and Tim Bruns will replace O’Rourke and Bird on the school board.
- PPEL Yes – 234
- No – 72