According to unofficial results from the Story County Auditor’s office, Kailah Schmitz was re-elected to the Roland City Council with 125 votes. Schmitz was initially elected to the seat in a special election on March 5 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Jerry Zamzow, who moved outside of Roland.
The Roland City Council will have some new faces as Joseph Corrow, 102 votes, and Russell Neely, 98 votes, earned the other two open seats on the council.
Incumbent Aaron Burres, with 94 votes, was narrowly defeated, according to the unofficial results.
Mayor Andy Webb was reelected to a two-year term with 120 votes. He ran unopposed.
In Story City, three incumbents, Karl Ostrem, Chris Crutchfield and Connie Phillips, retained their seats on the City Council. They defeated challenger Norman Spurlock, who received 163 votes.
Ostrem, who started on the council in 2016, received 287 votes.
Crutchfield received 281 votes. Crutchfield joined the council by appointment in 2017 to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Becky Watson.
Phillips, who was first elected to the council in 2016, received 273 votes.
Three at-large seats on the Roland-Story School Board were won by three candidates running unopposed. Chris McIlrath received 476 votes, incumbent Marc Soderstrum received 474 and Jasmine Goeders received 403.
This was the first time the city and school elections were combined on the same date, at least in part, in an effort to increase turnout.
By 7 p.m. Tuesday — the latest time for which turnout statistics are available — Roland had a turnout of 11.8 percent, and Story City had a turnout of 14.3 percent. Both cities had higher turnout than the county average of 10.5 percent.
Unofficial results of today’s City/School Election:
* indicates winning candidates
ROLAND CITY COUNCIL (vote for 3):
* Kailah Schmitz, 125 votes
* Joseph Corrow, 102 votes
* Russell Neely, 98 votes
Aaron Burres, 94 votes
Write-in, 5 votes
* Andrew Webb, 120 votes
Write-in, 17 votes
STORY CITY CITY COUNCIL (vote for 3):
* Karl Ostrem, 287 votes
* Chris Crutchfield, 281 votes
* Connie Phillips, 273 votes
Norman Spurlock, 163 votes
Write-in, 10 votes
ROLAND-STORY SCHOOL BOARD (vote for 3):
* Christopher McIlrath, 476 votes
* Marcus Soderstrum, 474 votes
* Jasmine Goeders, 403 votes
Write-in, 20 votes