It's an election year and the clerk's office at the Dakota County Courthouse has been busy with filings from new candidates and incumbents seeking out another term.
South Sioux City Mayor Rod Koch has filed for re-election and as of press time Tuesday, he remains uncontested. There are four spots open on the South Sioux City City Council and incumbents Bruce Davis and John Sanders have filed to remain in their positions. Newcomers Michael O'Brien and Gary Hallstrom have also thrown their hats into the race. Dennis Nelson and Jack Ehrich have not yet filed for re-election as their term is also up this year.
The South Sioux City School Board has three spots up for re-election and two incumbents, Kevin O'Dell and Marcia Mahon, have filed. Janice Hohenstein, the third board member whose term is up this year, has not yet filed. There are not yet any new candidates in this race.
In Dakota City, there will be two city council positions opening up as Andrew Backman and James Varvais's terms have ended. At this point, only Backman has filed for re-election and there are not yet any new candidates.
Ponca, Allen, Emerson-Hubbard and Homer each have three open spots on their school board this term but no one has filed yet. Ponca's incumbents are Kenton Book, John Gill and Richard Dohma. Allen's are Jason Olesen, Dawn Oswald and Jay Jackson. Emerson-Hubbard's are Kip Ahlers, Tarry Daum, and MaryAnn Lussier. Finally, the Homer School Board incumbents are Paul Tighe, Tim Murphy, and Carrie Vanschoiack.
On the county level, there will be several places to vote on the ballot. Dakota County residents will be voting in two county commissioners as Scott Love and Bill Rohde's terms are up. Neither have yet filed for re-election, but former commissioner Richard McNear has put his name in the race. Additionally, Ron Hartnett and Larry Albenesius have filed.
Several county offices are up for re-election without filings by incumbents or newcomers. They are county assessor (incumbent Jeff Curry), clerk of district court (incumbent Phyllis Obermeyer), public defender (incumbent Louvontree Hunter, sheriff (Chris Kleinberg), and surveyor (currently appointed Tim Lamprecht.)
County attorney Kimberly Watson has filed for re-election, as have county clerk Joan Spencer and treasurer Robert Giese. All three are uncontested at this time.
The deadline for incumbents to file is Feb. 15, while new filers have until March 1. The primary election will be held May 15 and the general election will take place Nov. 6.