Five file for Pekin special election

A crowded special election ballot will greet voters of the Pekin School District on Jan. 21, as the district prepares to hold a special election to fill two vacancies on the Pekin School Board. Five candidates filed to run for two vacant seats on the board, with three filing for the at-large seat, and two for the director district five.

In the at-large seat, Jared Schultz, Jill Silvers, and Shawn Echelberry all filed to run. Echelberry previously ran for director district five in the November school election. For direct or district five, Katie Keith and John Joseph (JJ) Greiner filed to run. Candidates had until 5p.m. on Dec. 27 to file to run.

The election will occur on Jan. 21, with Hedrick City Hall, Ollie Community Hall, and Richland Hinshaw Memorial Shelter servingas the polling places for Keokuk County. However, the Pekin School District spans three other counties, meaning, according to new state law, that Wapello County and Jefferson County must also set polling places and print ballots. Washington County, however, is able to designate Keokuk County as the “control county” for the election on their behalf, as less than 125 Pekin School District voters live in Washington County. According to LuAnn Berger, Keokuk County Elections Administrative Designee, this means that voters in Washington County will vote in Keokuk County on Election Day. If Washington County voters do not wish to go to the polls on Election Day, they can request an absentee ballot through their own county auditor.

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