Incumbents and one write-in win, low turnout in school board election

Ronna Lawless

(Editor’s Note: Superintendent Verlengia has announced that Levi Bappe was the write-in candidate for District 2 in Colo-Nesco).

There wasn’t much room for surprise in Tuesday’s school board elections in the Nevada and Colo-Nesco school districts.

Withthe exception of one district at Colo-Nesco, both school districts had exactly the number of people running as there were seats available.

In District 2 at Colo-Nesco, there were 41 write-in votes. As of press time, the Story County Auditor’s office had not processed those write-in votes, which have to be counted by hand. Check the Nevada Journal’s website for an update on this election news ( The write-in candidate will fill the seat of P.J. McBride, who did not seek re-election. Also in District 2, current board president Joel Niemeyer was re-elected with 86 votes.

In District 1 at Colo-Nesco, current vice president of the board, Jon Cutler, received 81 votes, and incumbent Brad Kohlwes received 74. Both incumbents retain their seats on the board. There were also seven write-in votes in District 1.

In the Nevada school district, three incumbents sought re-election for three At Large seats. Board member Tom Maier received 72 votes, current board president Marty Chitty received 69, and current vice president Laura West received 65. There were five write-in votes.

Turnout was low in both school districts. Colo-Nesco had a turnout of 4.28 percent. A complete lack of competition on the ballot probably led to Nevada having the lowest turnout in Story County at 1.08 percent.

All vote totals are unofficial until the Story County Auditor’s office conducts a canvass of the votes.