REGIONAL—There will be contested city races in Paullina and Sutherland on the ballot this fall.

Regular city and school elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

All of the city council seats up for election in southern O’Brien County are four-year terms.

Calumet, Primghar and Sutherland have four-year terms for mayor while Paullina has a two-year mayoral term.

Seven candidates are vying for three seats on the five-member Sutherland City Council.

That has led to a public candidate forum being scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Sutherland Fire & Ambulance Station. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Questions for the candidates may be asked in person or submitted anonymously by calling the library at 712-446-3839 or by turning them in to various drop boxes around town, including at the library, the Granny’s Attic coffee shop and Sutherland City Hall.

Running for council spots in Sutherland are incumbent member Bruce Engelke and candidates Chase Cox, Devon Jones, Ron Kots, Patrick Nelson, Natosha Petitt and Rebecca Webster.

Incumbent council members Steve Koch and Jack Wallinga have chosen not to run for re-election in Sutherland.

Charles Harper, John Ihle and Dennis Werkmeister, incumbent members of the five-person Paullina City Council, are not running for re-election. Neither is incumbent mayor Justin Stamer.

Candidates Danita Patrick, Jay Jones, Lexy Murphy and Jean Unrau are competing for the three council spots in Paullina. Ihle and fellow candidate Shawn Puhrmann are vying to become the city’s mayor.

According to the Paullina city office, a public candidate forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, inside the Laue Room at Paullina City Hall.

Questions for the candidates may be asked in person or submitted anonymously by calling the city office at 712-949-3428 or by turning them in to the city office.

The five-member Calumet City Council will see three incumbent members — Vickie Rausch, William Robinson and Tyler Sechler — run for re-election to their seats.

In addition, Regina Loshman — who was appointed to the council in October 2018 — is vying for her position to fill what would otherwise be a vacant seat.

The five-person Primghar City Council will see incumbent member Kevin Smith and candidate Ryan Jenness going for two spots. Incumbent member Doug Harms is not running for re-election.

However, incumbent Primghar mayor Kurt Edwards again is going for his seat and is running unopposed.

The seven-member South O’Brien School District Board of Education will see a contested race and a competition with no candidates:

  • District 2: Incumbent member Julie Paulsen of rural Paullina is running for re-election.
  • District 4: Candidate Beth Sibenaller-Woodall of rural Sutherland is going for the seat that will be vacated by incumbent member Todd Faust of rural Paullina.
  • District 5: There are no candidates for the seat that will be vacated by incumbent member Sandra Fritz of Paullina.
  • One at-large seat: Candidates John Beck of rural Sutherland and Sue McCauley of Primghar are vying for the seat that will be vacated by incumbent member Tom Wagner of rural Primghar.

Terms for seats on the school board are four years each.

This story was originally published in the Oct. 5 edition of The South O'Brien Sun.