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ELECTION DAY: Voters Make School Board Choices

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Voters across the state are heading to the polls Tuesday for school board elections and that includes Des Moines.

Ten candidates, including three incumbents, are competing for four seats on the board.

This election is different than all the past elections. Two of the four open seats will be filled by candidates from specific districts within the city.

It’s a change voters approved two years ago.

Toussaint Cheatom and Ed Linebach are running for the district two seat.  District two includes North High School.

Incumbent Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Darlene Blake and Joel Doyle are running for the district four seat, that includes Lincoln High School.

There are also two open seats for at-large positions. Five candidates are running for those spots.  Incumbents Joe Jongewaard and Connie Boesen along with Rob Barron, Heather Ryan and Shane Schulte are hoping to fill those spots.

According to the Des Moines Register, 340 absentee ballots have been filed, that’s up from 2011.

Some think the new system will help bring voters to the polls.

In West Des Moines, there are three open school board spots, and three candidates are running.

Polls close at 8:00 p.m.