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Four candidates elected to Marshalltown School Board

Four of the five Marshalltown School Board candidates were elected to four-year at-large seats during the Tuesday election.

The candidates who won and the number of votes received were:

• Jan McGinnis received 1,741 votes or 20.37 percent

• Incumbent Sean Heitmann, 1,876 votes or 21.95 percent

• Bob Untiedt, 1,553 votes or 18.17 percent

• Sara Faltys, 1,781 votes or 20.84 percent.

Incumbent Nicolas “Niko” Aguirre was narrowly defeated, receiving 1,542 votes or 18.05 percent.

Only 52 voters submitted write-ins and 8,545 people cast votes in total.

McGinnis was at home sleeping and woke up to look at the votes after everything was counted.

“I feel good about it,” she said. “I want to say thank you to the voters. I met all of these people at the forums and I thought they were good candidates. I think the voters felt the same way because it was a very close race.”

McGinnis said she was happy with the voter turnout, saying the school district averaged around 5,000 voters for previous school board member elections. An increase of roughly 3,500 Marshalltown voters was a good result, she said.

Electing not to run again were school board incumbents Janelle Carter, who serves as the board vice president and Ben Fletcher.

The newly elected — or re-elected — Marshalltown School Board members will join Bea Niblock, who is the board president, Mike Miller and Karina Hernandez.

The Marshalltown School Board meets the first and third Mondays of every month at the school district administration building. Members of the board are volunteers and are not paid for their time or service. The school board is responsible for creating and enforcing policies for the district and members select a superintendent to carry out those policies and run the schools on their behalf.

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Contact Lana Bradstream at 641-753-6611

or lbradstream@timesrepublican.com.