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The second Democratic presidential debate took place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend. The campus is home to more than 4,000 full-time students and that's important to the candidates because young adults in Iowa vote 12% more frequently than the national average of 45%.

The deadline has passed to file for the Nov. 3, 2015 municipal elections in Iowa. More than 50 people turned in nominating petitions in Des Moines and Lee Counties. Despite the response, there will only be a handful of contested races on the ballot, with several communities having no one file to run for office.

Voters in Lee and Des Moines Counties went to the polls Tuesday and decided that fresh faces were needed on their local school boards.  There were 15 incumbents on the ballots between the two counties and just eight were re-elected, with four of the eight running unopposed.

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It's safe to say Keokuk residents have options when it comes to Tuesday's school board election, with nine candidates seeking four seats. One of them said he is willing to listen and work as a team to do what's best for the students in the school district.

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The race for Keokuk School Board is loaded, with nine candidates seeking four open seats in the Tues., Sept. 8 election. One of the men in the race said he will bring a business mentality to the board if elected.

Residents of southeast Iowa will travel to the polls on Tues., Sept. 8 to choose the men and women who will represent them on their local school boards. One such race is in Burlington, where a field of five candidates is looking to do big things.

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Keokuk residents have nine people to choose from on Tues., Sept. 8 to fill four seats on the school board. Kim Wyatt said she offers something the other candidates do not: current classroom experience.

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There are nine people trying to fill the four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. Janne Long said if she's elected on Tues., Sept. 8, she will make sure to listen to every resident of Keokuk and bring their ideas or concerns to the entire board.

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Keokuk residents have plenty of options from which to choose when it comes to the Sept. 8 school board election -- 9 candidates are running for the four open seats. Tim Glasscock said he brings a skilled trades background to the race, which he feels is needed given the growing trend of high school graduates going right into the workforce.

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Sandy Stark has seen a lot during her 30-year run on the Keokuk School Board. She openly admits she considered calling it a career when her current term expires in a couple weeks, until she thought about what she calls the "great work" being done throughout the district.

The field in the race for four open seats on the Keokuk School Board is larger than normal with nine men and women looking to serve. Russ Derr said he entered the race because he brings an unmatched level of experience and knowledge to the race.

Nine names will appear on the Sept. 8 ballot in the race for four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. One of them, Tyler McGhghy, said he brings the right mix of experience and enthusiasm to the board.

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As soon as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) walked into the Broadway Cafe in downtown West Burlington Wednesday morning, he started shaking hands and introducing himself to those eating breakfast.  He eventually made his way to a long, brown table, ordered a cup of coffee, and greeted everyone joining him.

Every four years, being a resident of the Hawkeye State comes with a little more status, a little more responsibility, thanks to the Iowa Caucuses.  On Feb. 1, 2016, Iowa residents will meet in libraries, schools and living rooms to make their choice for President. 

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Rick Santorum and Martin O'Malley are polling quite low in the 2016 Presidential campaign, trailing front-runners such as Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton. Despite that, they brought messages of enthusiasm and confidence to stops in Des Moines County.