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Gays Mills election offers a few surprises
Incumbents do well overall
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Results from Tuesday, April 1’s elections are in.

North Crawford School Board had two seats open with four candidates.

The unofficial tally as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night had Wade Dull and Aaron Fortney elected with 195 votes for Dull and 243 for Fortney. James Dworschack received 173 votes, Jorn Bansberg received 126.

The Town of Freeman voted to allow the township to issue Class A liquor licenses (beer and wine sales), with 47 votes in favor and 19 against.

The Village of Gays Mills took a surprising turn. With three positions open and only two candidates – Albert Zegiel and John R. Johnson – on the ballot, the village received 22 write-in candidates. Zegiel received 54 votes, Johnson 53.

Aaron Fortney won on the write-in ballot contest with 26 votes. Craig Anderson received 16 votes. Rob Babb received four votes and Gary Hines three. Robert Lomas, Bill Murphy, Earl Winsor, Larry McCarn, and Kate Vereschagin each received two votes. Nicole Fortney, Jack Williams, Don Lampert, Del Flitsch, Kay Smiley, Luke Spicer, Dennis Kern, Carol Pederson, Darlene Williams, Craig Johnson, James Showen, Allison Showen, and Lee Ruege each received a single vote.

In the Village of Soldiers Grove incumbents Jim Helgerson, Shayne Chapman, and Roy Davidson were re-elected. Helgerson received 49 votes, Chapman 44, and Davidson 41.

Seneca School District has two seats up for election. Incumbents Mark Johnson and Shawn Lenzendorf were re-elected. Johnson received 131 votes and Lenzendorf 132. Ron Hartley received 1 vote as a write-in candidate.

The Crawford County Board only saw three challenged races. Those race results were:

• District 3 – Kersten Rocksvold (incumbent) won with 44 votes, Kyle Kozelka lost with 34 votes;

• District 4 – Marge Sheckler (incumbent) won with 53 votes, Cheryl Mader lost with 33 votes; and

• District 14 – Gari Lorenz won with 93 votes, Ray Martin (incumbent) lost with 42 votes.

Winning unopposed races were: Ron Leys (District 1), Henry Esser (District 2), Duane Rogers (District 5), Mary Jane Faas (District 6), David Olson (District 7), Phil Mueller (District 8), Wade Dull (District 9), Pete Flesch (District 10), Elling Jones (District 11), Larry Kelley (District 12), Greg Russell (District 13), Gerald Krachey (District 15), Derek Flanasburgh (District 16), and Tom Cornford (District 17).