Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


November 5, 2013

Hatch elected Mayor, Allspach-Kline ousts Kemp


Knoxville —

In Pleasantville's mayoral race, Bill Moore edged out Joe Van Haalen, 151 votes to 79. John Franey and Anthony McDonald were elected to four-year terms on the city council and Jordan Van Ness was elected to fill out a term. There were 236 ballots cast in the City of Pleasantville, or 20.2 percent. 

Louis Karpan defeated Amos Spoon in Melcher-Dallas' mayoral race, 143-78. Jack Brown and Mark Herold were elected to fill the two council seats, though there were 66 write-in votes cast. Of Melcher-Dallas' 888 eligible voters, 224 cast ballots, or 25.2 percent. 

The last contested race in Marion County was in Harvey. Dennis Seibert was reelected mayor over Danny Robbins, 32-15. Council members elected were Mike Aalbers, Charles W. Evans, Libbie Miller, Alicia Minard and Sue Ver Meer. There were 12 write-in votes. Harvey residents cast 50 ballots and had a 24.8 percent voter turnout. 

Other election results:

• Bussey Mayor-Larry Pinegar, 28 votes. Council-Leann Sanders 28 votes, Stephanie Sterner 31 votes. Bussey had 11.6 percent voter turnout.

• Hamilton Mayor-Patrick Silvers, 7 votes. Council-Lynn Silvers 7 votes, Angela Jo Thopmson 7 votes. There were seven ballots cast of 80 eligible in Hamilton.

• Marysville mayor-Corey Bakalar, 5 votes. Council-Patrick Flattery 8 votes, Clifford Pettyjohn 7 votes. There were eight ballots cast among Marysville's 29 eligible voters. 

• Pella City Council at large-Mark De Jong, 271 votes. Ward One-Dan L. Vander Beek, 62 votes. Ward Three-Bruce Schiebout, 83 votes. None of the Pella wards had higher than 5 percent voter turnout. 

• Swan mayor-Steve Woods, 13 votes. Council-James A. Stevens 10 votes, William Heywood 13 votes. There were 18 ballots cast among 52 eligible voters in Swan, or 34.6 percent participation. 

Marion County Auditor Jake Grandia said the election ran smoothly. Results are unofficial until the Board of Supervisors' canvass, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12. 

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