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Extremely low voter turnout for school elections in Mason City and Clear Lake

VOTE-HEREMASON CITY & CLEAR LAKE – Elections for school board members in Mason City and Clear Lake drew little interest from voters.

Despite huge budgets that rival those of the cities that they serve, the Mason City and Clear Lake school districts put the voters to sleep this fall. Ballots were cast, nonetheless, and four new faces (along with an incumbent who returns) will be seen on the Mason City School Board.

Lorrie Lane Lala, Brent Seaton, and Douglass Campbell, won four-year terms, while Jodi Draper and Paul DeRoy won two-year terms. Former teacher Scott Warren will return for a second term.

Only 5.45% of eligible voters participated in the election in Mason City. That’s 1,011 of 18,557.

In Clear Lake, the turnout was a dismal 3.0%. That’s 182 out of 6,066 voters. Three candidates sought three seats – so there was no challenge there. John Brady, Chad Kuhlers and Michael Moeller return to the board.

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