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Disappointing turnout in city/school election

by Dolores Hamilton
Voter turnout was low in Saturday’s city council and school board election, in which the mayor, two city council members, and two school board members were being considered.
Out of 4,152 registered voters in the City of Iowa Park, only 227 ballots were cast. There are 6,837 registered voters in the Iowa Park school district, and 255 votes were counted in that election.
In the city election, Mayor Ray Schultz retained his position with 182 votes, and council member Lori Shierry kept her position on Place 3 with 185 votes. Both were running unopposed.
In the race for Place 2, Brad Wynn received 84 votes; Carmen Lozipone, 72 votes; and John Campbell, 63 votes. Because none of them received 51 percent of the vote, there will be a run-off election between Wynn and Lozipone on June 18.
Wynn said he was disappointed in the voter turnout. “I think it is ridiculous we have 4,100 people in this town who can vote and we had just over 200 to vote,” he said. “My issue is they will come up here (to his business) and complain but when it is important they won’t attend a meeting or vote.”
“There is no upside for me to get elected. The only reason I did this is to give back to people who have been so good to me,” Wynn added. “I don’t care if Carmen wins, but it torques my butt people won’t vote. All I ask is for you to go vote. If people will vote I can win.”
Lozipone said he appreciates those who turned out to vote, but was also disappointed in the low voter turnout. “I feel the turnout was low considering how many people live in Iowa Park. I appreciate those who voted for me and hope they will go back and vote during the run-off election, and even more show up to vote,” he said.
“I think people will realize how important is is to the community. City government is big business even for a small community like Iowa Park,” Lozipone said. “I ask that people look at the record of the candidates and make an informed decision. The city council has a great responsibility and their decisions impact the livelihood of all the people who live here.”
In the school board election, Dustin Hostas defeated Scot Davis for Place 4, with Hostas getting 123 votes to 114 for Davis.
Ken Cooper, who was running unopposed for his position on Place 5, received 215 votes.