Voters to choose city council person in run-off election on Dec. 5

A run-off election will decide the position of one of the at large city council positions in Altoona after a second candidate did not meet the threshold for gaining a majority of votes in the Nov. 7 election. This election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5 where voters can choose between one of two candidates, Jerry Evans and Vernon Willey II.

Candidate Position Number of votes received
Dean O'Connor Mayor 2,217
Write-in Mayor 96
Julie Stewart City Council At Large 1,626
Jerry Evans City Council At Large 1,096
Vernon Willey II City Council At Large 859
Chad Ratashak City Council At Large 712
Jeni Kadel City Council At Large 448
Write-in City Council At Large 11

In the regular election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, Dean O’Connor was re-elected mayor, and Julie Stewart was elected for one of two open City Council positions. Per Iowa Code, in order to be elected outright in the November election, a candidate must have received 1189 votes. Only one candidate met that threshold, so they won their election. The second open seat goes into a runoff election. Iowa Code dictates that there should be twice as many candidates as positions to fill, so the top second and third highest vote receiving candidates from the Nov. 7 election, Jerry Evans and Vernon Willey II on the ballot.

New terms for Mayor O’Connor, Council Person Elect Stewart and the winner of the Dec. 5 run-off election will begin in January 2024. Full election results, including information on the Southeast Polk School Board race are available now on the Polk County Auditor’s website. Voter information for the upcoming Dec. 5 run off election is available by clicking here.