By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald
The incumbents for Oskaloosa mayor and city council won re-election on Election Day Tuesday.
In Oskaloosa, the mayor and four members of the city council were up for re-election. Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt faced challenger Denny Doud. In 1st Ward, incumbent Aaron Ver Steeg faced Dave Allgood and Lauren McMahan. In 3rd Ward, incumbent Doug Yates faced off against Jennifer Doland. For the two At-Large seats, incumbents Scottie Moore and Tom Walling faced challengers Shaun Smith, Jimmy Carter and Wyatt Russell.
After the polls closed at 8 p.m., the results started coming in. For Mayor, Krutzfeldt won with 1,451 votes to Doud’s 719 votes and four write-ins. In 1st Ward, Ver Steeg won with 219 votes versus 22 for Allgood and 142 for McMahan. In 3rd Ward, Yates was victorious with 395 votes versus Doland’s 227. There were two write-ins. For the At-Large seats, Moore won with 1,355 votes, Walling also won with 1,187 votes. Smith received 658 votes; Carter, 755; and Russell, 245. There were three write-ins.
The candidates who were at the Mahaska County Courthouse when the votes were reported, gave their reactions to the election.
“I think the whole turnout was good for Oskaloosa,” Walling said.
“It feels good” to win re-election, Ver Steeg said. “It’s a good group to work with,” he added in regards to his colleagues on the city council.
“I am just thrilled,” Krutzfeldt said.
Krutzfeldt said the city council always acts in what members believe to be the best interests of the community. It is good to get feedback from the public, he added.
“This sends a very definite message,” Krutzfeldt said. “We’re on the right track.”
“It feels great” to be re-elected, Moore said. Moore wanted to thank everyone who worked on her campaign and the public for voting.
“I didn’t do it all by my self,” she said. “I had more than 1,000 vote for me.”
Russell reflected on his first run for political office.
“It was a fun experience,” he said.
Russell said he ran for office as an educational experience, and the city council incumbents offered him words of encouragement.
“It shows the caliber of the members,” he added. “I’ll be back for sure.”
“I’m very happy for the city,” Yates said. “The citizens want us to move the city forward in a positive direction.”
The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors will canvass the election at 2 p.m. Thursday at the courthouse, Mahaska County Deputy Auditor Teresa Paige said.
Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org