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Despite it being a mid-term election, 63 percent of registered voters in Mitchell County headed to the polls.

The biggest outcomes of the evening could be found in the election of a supervisor in District 1, which includes the city of Osage.

Four-term supervisor Joel Voaklander, and independent, was defeated by Democratic challenger Barb Francis.

Also, voters decided to change the composition of the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors from three members to five members.

The change will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2021.

Mitchell County District 1 Supervisor

In a pool of four candidates, it appears Barb Francis (D-Osage), won a two-year term position on the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors defeating Incumbent Joel Voalkander, along with Al Winters and Ken Boehmer.

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Barb Francis

Francis

However, with only seven voters separating Francis and Republican-challenger Al Winters, those numbers could change according Mitchell County Lowell Tesch.

The results will not be official until they are canvassed by the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Absentee ballots can still be received and counted after Election Day, as long as they are postmarked Nov. 6. In addition, provisional ballots - ones which were questionable and not counted - could ultimately change the outcome of the election.

Also, if the votes don't change, Winters would still have the option of challenging the count following the canvassing.

Francis, 65, is a part-time library tech and hospital activity coordinator.

"By the close win, it is proof I had worthy opponents," Francis said. "I am looking forward to being a part of the supervisors team.

"I am also looking to a fresh start, something I talked about during my campaign."

Francis will only serve two years, instead of four, due to the vote of changing from a three-member to five-member board of supervisors.

All board positions will up for re-election in 2020.

Voaklander was seeking re-election to a fourth term on the board of supervisors. 

Mitchell County Board of Supervisors - District 1

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Barbara J. Francis (D) 29 436 X
Al Winters (R) 29 429
Ken Boehmer (I) 27 405
Joel Voaklander (I) 229

Public Measure A

Voters in Mitchell County have approved the first step in changing the makeup of the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors.

By a 51 percent majority, voters approved moving from a three-member board to a five-member board.

However, they won't see a five-member board until Jan. 1, 2021.

The next step will be to determine if the residents of Mitchell County continue to be represented in the same way or a change is also needed.

* Plan one - Election at large without district residence requirements for the members.

* Plan two - Election at large but with equal-population district residence requirements for the members.

* Plan three - Election from single-member equal-population districts, in which the electors of each district shall elect one member who must reside in that district.

Mitchell County Board of Supervisors are elected under plan three.

The procedure for establishing equal districts under plan three when there is a change in number of members is found in Iowa Code 331.210A.

A Temporary County Redistricting Commission must be established by the county board of supervisors by May 15 of the year following the general election where the change was voted upon.

Procedure for appointment of these members is spelled out in the aforementioned code - equal party representation.

This commission will work out a plan whereby each of the five districts must be equal in population.

The code spells out an extensive process that includes at least one public hearing of the proposed plan, a review and approval by the board of supervisors before sending it for final state approval.

This proposed plan will also change precinct boundaries due to the five districts having to be equal in population.

Unless someone petitions the board of supervisors in 2019, the residents of Mitchell County will continue to be represented under plan three.

In 2020, an election will be held in all five districts to determine the new Mitchell County Board of Supervisors, due to the population re-districting.

Because of the vote, Steve Smolik and Barb Francis will only serve two years as a county supervisor because they will no longer being represented their current districts.

Public Measure A

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Yes 52 2,270 X
No 48 2,132

Mitchell County District 3 Supervisor

Steven Smolik (R-Osage) won a two-year term position on the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors defeating challenger Rita Dvorak (D-Riceville).

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Steve Smolik

Smolik

It is only for two years, instead of four, due to the vote of changing from a three-member to five-member board of supervisors.

All board positions will up for re-election in 2020.

Smolik, 61, retired last year from Mitchell County Secondary Roads Department. He has been a supervisor for six months.

"I am happy I was re-elected," Smolik said. "I will try to serve the public as best I can.

I am always looking for comments from the residents of District 3."

In a special election this past spring, Smolik defeated Amanda Adams, Stacyville, who had been appointed to fill a vacancy when current supervisor, Shannon Paulus, was appointed county treasurer.

Rita Dvorak, 66, Riceville, a business analyst was also on the special election ballot.

Dvorak again challenged Smolik was unsuccessful. 

Mitchell County Board of Supervisors - District 3

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Rita Dvorak (D) 33 424
Steven Smolik (R) 67 874 X

County Treasurer

Shannon Paulus (D-Orchard)has won her first full-term as Mitchell County Treasurer.

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Shannon Paulus (new)

Paulus

Paulus was first appointed as treasurer on January 2, 2018, by the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors following the retirement of treasurer Pam Meyer.

"I am very excited to be elected your county treasurer," said Paulus. "I looking to continue the positive changes in the treasurer's office."

She was challenged by Susan Ellison (R-Osage), who works as a clerk in the treasurer’s office.

Mitchell County Treasurer

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Shannon Paulus (D) 63 2,834 X
Susan Ellison (R) 37 1,637

County Recorder

Pat Skuster (D-Osage) ran unopposed for the office of Mitchell County Recorder.

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Pat Skuster

Skuster

Skuster has worked in the county recorder’s office for over 19 years. For the past 12 years, she has been the recorder.

Mitchell County Recorder

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Pat Skuster (D) 99 3,796 X

County Attorney

Mark Walk (R-Osage) ran unopposed for the office of Mitchell County Attorney.

Walk, 62, has been the Mitchell County Attorney for the past 20 years.

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Mark Walk

Mark Walk

Mitchell County Attorney

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Mark Walk (R) 99 3,575 X

Mitchell County Public Hospital Trustee

Mitchell County Public Hospital Trustee (vote for 2)

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Jon Koster 53 3,540 X
Betty McCarthy 47 3,122 X

Soil and Water Commissioner

Soil and Water Commissioner (voter for 2)

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Bruce Johnson 44 3,057 X
Dana Norby 44 3,069 X
Chrystal Berche 13 881

Mitchell County Extension Board Member (vote for 5)

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
11 of 11 precincts reporting
Keith Meitner 21 3,318 X
Shawn Sponheim 20 3,238 X
Kirk Phelps 18 2,856 X
Mary Klaes 21 3,364 X
Bryan Tabbert 19 3,071 X

U.S. House, Iowa District 1

Upstart Democrat Abby Finkenauer topped Incumbet Rod Blum for the U.S. House, Iowa District 1 seat.

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Abby Finkenauer

Finkenauer

Businessman Rod Blum, a Republican from Dubuque, was seeking a third term in Washington.

Abby Finkenauer, 29 and a state representative from Dubuque, won the June primary on the heels of her vocal opposition to a Republican-backed bill that dismantled public-employee unions in Iowa.

The 1st District includes two North Iowa counties, Worth and Mitchell.

U.S. House, Iowa District 1

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
20 of 20 counties reporting
Rod Blum (R) 46 152,939
Abby Finkenauer (D) 51 169,341 X
Troy Hageman (L) 3 10,227

Iowa House District 51

Jane Bloomingdale, (R-Northwood) earned another term as Iowa House District 1 Representative when she defeated 

Jane Bloomingdale, 62, accountant, who is completing her first term, represents the district, which covers Worth, Mitchell, Howard and northwest Winneshiek counties.

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Jane Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale

Tim Knutson, 71, a Democrat, has spent his entire career was in health care administration.

Iowa House District 51

Candidate Percent Votes Winner
4 of 4 counties reporting
Jane Bloomingdale (R) 59 7921 X
Tim Knutson (D) 41 5164

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