BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR – Six residents in the Fort Madison School District are on the ballot Tuesday as is a 6-cent instructional support levy for the Southeastern Community College.
Current Board President Timm Lamb is not seeking re-election this year so his seat is up for grabs as are incumbents’ Tim Wondra and Gayla Young, who are on the ballot seeking re-election.
Wondra is co-owner and operator of Wondra Chiropractic in Fort Madison and Young is a teacher in the Danville district, but lives in Denmark. Both Wondra and Young said they think the board still has work to do and want to continue the work they’ve been a part of.
Others seeking election for the first time include Gunther Anderson, Renee Ehlers, Brad Menke, and Jillian Troxel.
Anderson works at Pinnacle Foods and is an executive on the UFCW Local 617 union. He has said he has three children in the district and is concerned about the decisions the community has made and wants to be part of the discussion going forward.
Ehlers works for the Iowa Department of Human Services and is the current president of the Lincoln Parent-Teacher Group and has children in the district as well. She said she has considered running before, but now wants to get involved to help attract the best teachers and have the best facilities.
Jillian Troxel is a physical therapist at Fort Madison Community Hospital and, among other things, wants to make sure that communication from the board to the community is improved and to optimize representation of parents with younger students. She also has children in the school district.
The six-cent ISL for SCC is up for renewal. The funds help offset costs associated with technology and equipment in the classrooms at the multiple campus locations in Des Moines and Lee Counties.
Polling locations for the Fort Madison districts are listed below and polls are open from noon to 8 p.m.
Fort Madison School District
Fort Madison Wards 1-5, and Madison and Jefferson Townships all cast ballots at the Fort Madison Library at 1920 Avenue E in Fort Madison.
Green Bay and Washington Townships will vote at Grace Bible Church 3526 175th Street in Wever.
Voters in the Townships of Denmark, West Point, Pleasant Ridge, Cedar, Marion, and Franklin, as well as the cities of Houghton, St. Paul, and West Point will all cast their votes at the West Point Public Library at 317 5th Street in West Point.