Miyuki Nelson

Siouxland Public Media

Sioux City experienced a few close races on election day. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer was there for the results.

A few dozen people and members of the media watched as results came down at the Woodbury County Courthouse on election night.

There are more than 57,000 registered voters in the county with races in 15 cities and 10 school districts.

Six candidates are vying for four seats on the Sioux City Community Schools Board of Education.  Siouxland Public Media news scheduled a candidate forum for Friday, November 1, 2019 at noon at the downtown Sioux City Public Library.  The election takes place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Biographical information provided by the candidates.


October 15, 2019
League of Women Voter

League of Women Voters of Sioux City hosted a candidate forum for the six people running for four open seats on the Sioux City School Board.

Miyuki Nelson is the only current school board member in the election.

“I am currently serving on the board for one reason,  I want to make sure I made a difference that I make a difference through our kids by improving our community by their achievements.”

Juline Albert is Vice President of Learning at Western Iowa Tech Community College and has 27 years of educational experience.

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Woodbury County officials could move ahead today with planning for a possible new county jail. The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors meets today to pass a motion to set a Sept. 17thdeadline for financial advisor firms to submit proposals to consult on the project.  

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This afternoon at five p.m. is the deadline for local candidates to file to run for local offices in Sioux City and the school district. Veteran Sioux City school board members Mike McTaggart and Jackie Warnstadt won't run for re-election this fall.

Miyuki Nelson, who was appointed by the board to fill an unexpired term last year, will seek her first four-year term. First-term member David Gleiser said last week he's not ready to make a decision on reelection, as he mulls his family and professional life.  

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Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called today for government oversight hearings on the reasons for the resignation of former Iowa DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven.   Gov. Kim Reynolds refuses to discuss her reasons for asking him to resign. Sen. Tony Bisignano said a 2017 state law requires the reason for demanding a state employee's resignation to be made public. Reynolds has declined to explain why Foxhoven was asked to resign last month. 

Foxhoven, who managed the state's largest agency that oversees the $5 billion Medicaid program, declined to comment.

Coming up next on The Exchange, we hear from the three candidates to fill the remainders of a retiring member’s seat on the Sioux City School Board. They will present their proposals to the school board at its meeting next Monday.  One of them is former school board member John Meyers.

Also, we talk with the author of a new book that tells the story of an enslaved woman who ran away from President George Washington and was never caught.

And a look at the events you can expect at this year’s Rivercade Celebration.  That’s coming up, after this news.

The Exchange, August 30, 2017

Sep 11, 2017

The event at the City Council chambers included five candidates for the Sioux City Community Schools Board of Directors.  They are:

Perla Alercon-Flory--Incumbent

Ron Collings-Retired teacher in the Sioux City schools

Jeremy Saint-A Sioux City attorney

Miyuki Nelson-A school and community activist

Shaun Broyhill-a former school board elected member and educational activist

This week on The Exchange, we hear from the candidates for the Sioux City school board elections, which are being held September 12th.  We held a roundtable discussion at the Sioux City Public Museum on Wednesday, August 30th.    This program is part of Siouxland Public Media's collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Sioux City.  The league is holding its public debate with the candidates on Tuesday, September 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers in downtown Sioux City. The debate and forum is free and open to the public.