Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Story County Auditor's Office reported that just under 9 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's runoff election.
Victoria Szopinski, 55, who will become the newest Ames City Council member, said she knew Tuesday's runoff race for the Fourth Ward would be a close one. She defeated Chuck Jons, 71, on Tuesday with 53 percent of the vote. There were no write-in votes. Szopinski received 440 votes and Jons received 397, According to unofficial results from the Story County Auditor's Office. As news broke that Szopinski had won, her home filled with people who wanted to celebrate. Szopinski, a community volunteer and the former director of conference services at Iowa State University, said she was humbled by how many people came to congratulate her. She said the win came after a lot of work by a lot of people. “Now I have to do the job,” she said. Jons, a …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Chuck Jons will face Victoria Szopinski Dec. 6 in a run off election for the Ames City Council's 4th ward.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I am writing in support of Chuck Jons for Ames City Council in the 4th ward. I have known Chuck since moving to Ames in the early 1980s. Chuck is experienced, well rounded and he has no ax to grind. He is smart, he is a good listener and he cares about all of Ames. Chuck supports growth, protecting the environment and social services. He believes government should be transparent and he believes Ames and Iowa State University must work together. I lived in the 4th ward for 28 years and cannot think of a better person to represent the citizens of the 4th ward and indeed all of the citizens of Ames. I urge you to vote for Chuck Jons for 4th ward councilman in the run off election Dec. 6. Sincerely Rich Fellingham
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Three city council seats and an $18 million bond referendum to finance renovations and expansion of the Ames Public Library are on the ballot.
Any Ames resident going to the polls today will be voting to re-elect a citywide Ames City Council Candidate and whether or not to approve an $18 million bond for a $20 million Ames Public Library expansion project. There is also one contested City Council race in Ward 4. Incumbent Riad Mahayni, decided not to run, so Frank Jeffrey, Chuck Jons and Victoria Szopinski are vying for the seat. Jami Larson is unopposed for the Ward 2 council seat and incumbent Matthew Goodman has no challenge for his at-large council seat. Voters will also be asked if the city should be allowed to bond no more than $18 million for a library expansion project. People can look up their polling place by clicking here and entering their address. Enter the town …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Three people in the Ames City Council's 4th Ward have opted to run for the open seat in the Nov. 8 election. Riad Mahayni, who currently holds the seat decided not to run. Frank Jeffrey, Chuck Jons and Victoria Szopinski are vying for the seat.
Ames City Council Candidate 4th Ward Name: Frank Jeffrey Age: 62 Family: Wife, Cyndie; and two sons. Occupation: Founder of PowerFilm, a solar module manufacturing company. PowerFilm products convert sun to electricity. Education: Bachelor degree in physics from Iowa State University in 1972. A doctorate in physics from Iowa State University in 1980. Why are you running for office: "I've been paying quite a bit of attention to the council and up until now I haven't had much spare time. I think I can bring a different perspective and compliment (the current council.) Allocating funds is 95 percent of the job and it takes a good careful analysis on making those decisions. … I think I can help." What sets you apart from other candidates: "I …