Union County Auditor Sandy Hysell reports absentee voting started Monday. Locally, there are four open Creston City Council seats in this year’s general election slated Nov. 5, including one contested race.
That contested race is for council at-large. Candidates are incumbent Paul Vandevender, Kevin Downey, Gary Lybarger and Courtney Wilson. Meanwhile, running unopposed are Randy White (Ward 1), Ann Levine (Ward 3) and Dave Koets (Ward 5). Current councilman Larry Wagner (Ward 5) will not seek re-election.
Also, John Kawa (Park and Recreation Board) is running unopposed.
To vote absentee, visit the auditor’s office located at Union County Courthouse. There, voters can fill out proper paperwork and vote in a private booth. Also, voters can request a ballot via mail.
Absentee voting is allowed until 11 a.m. on Election Day.
High Lakes banquet numbers
This year’s High Lakes Outdoor Alliance banquet held Thursday at Three Mile Lodge raised about $39,000. Tom Lesan reports 307 people attended the banquet that included a prime-rib dinner, raffle and auction.
“This is our best year ever in terms of money raised and attendance,” Lesan said. “We have great sponsors for this event that make it easy for us to have a good return. We have great supporters. You know when cinnamon rolls are auctioned off at $110 that people really like what you are doing. People like that all money raised will be spent in Union County.”
HLOA is a non-profit organization — established in 2005 — that raises money to promote and enhance outdoor activities in Union County. Every dollar raised by HLOA is used in Union County.