Two candidates seek Mid-Prairie School board seat

By John Butters, The JOURNAL


Voters in the Mid-Prairie School District will have a choice between two candidates in a special election following the close of the Aug. 3 deadline for nominations.

Emily Uhl and Randy Billups will face off in the Aug. 28 election.

The board had appointed Emily Uhl to fill the open seat left by George Schaefer, board vice president, who announced his retirement from the board in June.

But a petition for a special election was submitted to the Mid-Prairie administrative office by the July 12 deadline with 100 signatures, requiring the district to schedule an election.

Had the appointment stood, Uhl?s term would have extended from the board?s first meeting in September and expired with the 2019 November elections. Uhl will fill the position for all board meetings until the election is certified by the Washington County Auditor?s office.

Both Uhl and Billups were required to submit nominating papers with 50 signatures from eligible voters.

The winner of the election will be sworn in at the first board meeting in September.

Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said there would be polling sites at the Parkside Activities Center in Wellman, Heritage Building in West Chester and public library in Kalona. Polling sites will be open from noon until 8 p.m. Absentee ballots can be obtained from the Auditor?s office.

To vote, a person must be a registered voter and a resident of the school district. Identification will be required at the polling site.

Mid-Prairie Business manager Jeff Swarzentruber has estimated the cost to the district at $1,000 to $2,500.

Following Shaefer?s resignation, board member Marianne Schlabach was elected as vice president. Her vice presidency will expire at the first board meeting in September when the board will elect a new slate of officers.