Despite resignation, man elected again as Peosta mayor

Days after resigning, a Peosta man again was elected as mayor Nov. 2.

Jim Merten garnered 157 votes to win the mayoral race.

The write-in votes in the race totaled 170, so county officials only on Nov. 3 confirmed that Merten won the election after determining that no write-in candidate received more votes.

Merten resigned from the mayoral role last week, but he had been unopposed in his reelection bid up to that point, so his name was the only one on ballots.

At the time of his announcement, he cited only “recent and unexpected changes in my life outside of the mayoral role that will impair my ability to serve for the foreseeable future.”

Having won another election, Merten will have to resign again if he does not wish to serve, according to Jenny Hillary, Dubuque County deputy commissioner of elections. If he does that, Peosta City Council members will have to decide whether to appoint a new mayor or hold a special election to fill the seat.

Among write-in candidates for the mayoral position, Council Member Doug Hughes received the most votes with 70, while Council Member Karen Lyons received 64. Lyons chose not to run for reelection to her position in Tuesday’s election.