New faces will make appearances as elected officials for the mayoral, Ward 2 and Ward 4 seats for the city of Pella.

Liz Terborg Sporrer was ahead of incumbent candidate Tony Bokhoven for the At-Large seat by a small margin Tuesday night. So far, Sporrer has earned 42.74 percent of the vote, or 957 votes. Bokhoven trails close behind at 42.38 percent, or 949 votes. Chris Meyers was also on the ticket.

According to Marion County Auditor Jake Grandia, there are still nine absentee ballots out for Pella proper. Grandia says absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 4 and received before canvas on Nov. 12 for them to count as a vote.

Don DeWaard was elected mayor with 70.81 percent of the vote on Tuesday, or 1,611 ballots cast for his name. Challenger Bruce Schiebout ended the night with 651 votes.

Calvin Bandstra secured the Ward 2 seat against incumbent candidate Harold Van Stryland with 33.53 percent of the vote, while Van Stryland received 30.58 percent of the vote. Robin Pfalzgraf and Nicolle Picray were also on the ticket.

“When I look at my years as the Leighton city clerk, it was a great learning experience. I relied on a lot of great expertise from others, and I think that the same thing will happen here,” said Bandstra, who was available for comment. “Even though you vote and make decisions, I think you start by learning and gathering from the expertise of others.”

David Hopkins was elected to the Ward 4 seat against challenger Bill Harkins, earning 85.06 percent of the vote.

Timothy Tripp and Gary Coppock were re-elected to the Pella School Board uncontested. Appointed member Annette Smith also won uncontested. This is the first time Iowa’s city and school elections were combined on the November ballot.

There were a total of 23,875 registered voters in Marion County this year, with 4,882 total ballots cast.

Results from election night are considered unofficial, though totals typically remain the same or nearly the same. The Pella Chronicle will run the full official numbers from the election once they are approved by the Marion County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 12.

Emily Hawk can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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