MAQUOKETA, Iowa — The person with the most votes for the write-in position on the Jackson County Regional Health Center Board already serves on the board.
During a canvass of the Nov. 6 general election, Jackson County Auditor M. Joelle Deppe said Gloria Jorgensen received six write-in votes.
Jorgensen has served on the hospital board for many years.
The second-highest vote-getter, with five write-in votes, was Jodi Helmle of Preston. It was Helmle’s position that was being filled. She did not file nomination papers seeking re-election.
It’s a tie among three people for the next-highest vote-getters. Three people received three votes each. They are Kent Clasen of Bellevue, Kim Deppe of Maquoketa and Evan Sikkema of Bellevue.
Deppe said Jorgensen can resign her current seat and accept the new position, which would extend her term. The hospital board could then appoint someone to her existing position.
If Jorgensen declines the position, the post would go to Helmle. If she declines, Deppe said the supervisors will draw names from a hat for one of the three people who tied. No decisions have been made.
“I went through 164 write-in votes by hand,” Deppe said. “Most of them were one vote for one person.”
No one filed nomination papers to put a name on the ballot for the third position on the ballot. There was no organized write-in campaign.
Two names were on the ballot for hospital board. Incumbents Kevin Burns received 5,401 votes and Dwain Trenkamp had 5,590 votes to win their seats on the board.