Two Western Dubuque School Board incumbents won reelection Nov. 5 while the race for the District 4 seat on the board could be headed for a recount.
Jessica Pape defeated Michael Clasen in District 2, 1,798-799, while Chad Vaske ran unopposed in District 5, garnering 2,313 votes.
As of press time, the District 4 race was separated by five votes, with Nancy Fett leading Jeff Wolf 1,227-1,222.
All results are unofficial until the elections are canvased in the respective counties. The Western Dubuque election was held in Dubuque, Delaware, Jones, Jackson and Clayton Counties.
Dubuque County Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Jenny Hillary, said each county’s board of supervisors will canvas next week, with Dubuque County having the final canvas with their board of supervisors Nov. 18 when the winners will be declared official.
Hillary noted that any absentee ballots that come in postmarked by Nov. 4 will be counted. She said her office received no absentee ballots in the mail on Nov. 8.
She said Wolf could seek a recount in one, any or all of the counties where Western Dubuque’s School Board was on the ballot.
“Since each county may canvas either Tuesday, Nov. 12 or Wednesday, Nov. 13, Mr. Wolf has until Friday, Nov. 15 or Monday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. to file recount papers,” Hillary explained.
Contacted last Friday, Wolf said he was weighing his options about a recount. “I am considering it, but I’m going to take a couple of days to make my final decision on that. It’s all new to me right now so I’m going to look over where the results came in. Right now, I don’t know if I will ask for a recount in one county or all five. I just want to make sure there’s enough votes in a particular county to make it worthwhile.”
Pape said she was excited to serve another term. “It’s exciting to continue the work that we have been doing. There are a lot of things we are working on. It shows the voters are happy with the way things are going and we can continue to push forward on those items.”
Pape currently serves as board president and said she is ready to begin her second four-year term. “I’ve made connections and learned a lot. With anything, progress is made through relationships and building trust. That’s kind of what I’ve been able to do. I want to keep building on that.”