*Story updated 11/4/2021.
Hotly contested races over mask mandates, critical race theory and equity and policing drove voters to the polls on Tuesday, resulting in some big wins for Black candidates.
Indira Sheumaker, a Des Moines community organizer unseated long time Des Moines city council member Bill Gray.
Waterloo also scored big victories with Mayor Quentin Hart's reelection, plus the election of Rob Nichols, council member at large, John Chiles, Ward 1 council member and Nia Wilder, Ward 3 council member.
In Waukee, nasty disputes over equity and face mask mandates soured the school board race where four conservative school board members backed by the Warriors & Wolves United political action committee all lost to other candidates, including Armel Traore dit Nignan on Tuesday.
According to the Iowa Secretary of State, 425,193 ballots were cast as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. For full results, visit the Iowa Secretary of State.
After defeating the incumbent, Amara Andrews and Tiffany O'Donnell will face each other in a runoff election on Nov. 30, according to The Gazette.
Joseph May, mayor, reelected (uncontested) (not pictured)
Sandra Pope, Ottumwa City Council member
Renee Hardman was reelected to the West Des Moines City Council (not pictured).
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