Incumbents retain seats in city elections

Incumbent mayors and councilpersons in several city elections retained their seats, according to unofficial election results from the Ida County Auditor’s Office. Arthur voters elected Gary Chase as its new mayor. Current Mayor Randy Fineran did not seek re-election.

Battle Creek was the lone city with contested races for mayor and council. All the incumbents retained their seats. Incumbent Mayor Lloyd “Doc” Holmes garnered 58 votes to challenger Charles Pierce’s 56 votes. Incumbent councilpersons Myra Meek (104 votes), Todd Riessen (83 votes) and Judy Schau (76 votes) were re-elected. Challengers John F. Peters collected 34 votes and Saffire Petersen received 74 votes. A total of 134, or 27.69 percent, of Battle Creek’s 484 registered voters cast ballots in the election.

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