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Incumbents win, Kinney rejoins CCA school board

IOWA CITY– According to the results of the Sept. 10 school election, voters in the Clear Creek Amana school district generally approve of their existing school board.
Incumbents Eileen Schmidt, Steve Swenka and Jim Seelman retained their seats in the 2013 school board election. Out of 7,756 registered voters, 535, or 6.9 percent, cast their ballots.
Schmidt moved to an at-large position and ran unopposed, garnering 391 votes, or 94 percent. Write-ins counted for 25 votes. Schmidt received all of the votes in Amana and in CCA District 3 (St. Peter’s Hall). In District 3, Swenka faced Lisa Beckmann and won 351 to 167, or 68 percent to 32 percent. Swenka carried all districts except Amana, which went for Beckman 42-12 (78 percent to 22 percent). Seelman faced facilities committee co-chair Malinda Lamb in the District 4 race and won 341-141, or 71 percent to 29 percent. Like Swenka, Amana voters looked for a change, giving Lamb the nod 35-15.
There were no formal candidates for District 2, but former board member Kevin Kinney staged a successful write-in campaign, picking up 151 votes to rejoin the board.
CCA voters also approved the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for another 10 years, with a vote of 325-163, or 67 percent, well over the 50 percent required for passage. Voters also approved continuing a levy for Kirkwood Community College by 61 percent.