OTTUMWA — Judge Shawn Showers has ordered a hearing for Tuesday on the petition to remove seven candidates from the Ottumwa school board ballot.
The filing earlier this week by Ryan Mitchell, which was joined by seven of the 15 candidates for the school board, seeks a court order removing Aaron Luke, Jon Bunt, Leisa Walker, Kent Walker Krista Tedrow, Robert Wormhoudt and Sarah Sels from the ballot. Mitchell objected to those candidates because their petitions did not have collectors’ signatures.
The Ottumwa school board voted to allow the candidates to remain on the ballot, a decision Mitchell called “capricious and illegal” in his filing. Mitchell asked for expedited proceedings given the short time between his filing and the Nov. 5 election.
The district released a formal statement, saying it will defend the board’s actions:
“The school board voted in favor of all the candidates running for election and re-election. The school board believes it has followed the law, and that the voters should decide who will serve on the school board. We will defend the district’s decision in the lawsuit that was filed.”
Showers’ order set the hearing for 9 a.m. Tuesday. The hearing will take approximately one hour.