Still no takers for QVMC board
A special three-day candidate filing period held last week was able to round up candidates to run for election on the Quincy School Board and for mayor of George; however, no one was interested in running for an open seat on the Quincy hospital district’s board.
The Grant County elections department called for the special three-day filing period, held May 27-29, because about three dozen seats across the county did not garner any filings during the regular filing period, held in early May.
At the time of the special three-day filing period, no one had filed for mayor of George and the Quincy School Board had two open seats and the Quincy hospital district had one open seat.
It now looks like George residents will see a race between longtime Mayor Elliot Kooy and Gerene Nelson. Kooy has been serving as mayor for 24 years. If elected, this will be his seventh term. Nelson’s husband is Terry Nelson, a current George city councilman.
The Quincy School Board also was able to spark interest in its two open seats. Chris Baumgartner filed for position No. 2 and Joseph James filed for position No. 4. Susan Lybbert filed for position No. 3 on the board during the regular filing period. None of the three seats is a contested race.
At the Quincy hospital district, no one filed for position No. 5, currently held by Commissioner Darrell VanDyke. VanDyke has not been able to attend a meeting in more than a year.
The hospital board can appoint someone to the six-year position only after VanDyke has resigned, a spokeswoman with the elections department said. That appointed board member then must run for election in two years, she said. Whoever wins that election would fill out the remainder of the term.