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Friday, April 3, 2009

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The scene above showed the heavy turnout at last November's election at the Monett City Park Casino. That will not be the case next Tuesday. Even though there are several issues and many candidates on the ballot, a low turnout is anticipated. According to Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson, fewer absentee ballots have been cast than last April. Weighing the number of letters to the editor in area papers on the most controversial subjects, he is expecting turnout of around 15 percent. With fewer money issues on the ballot in Barry County, voter activity is not expected to surpass the Lawrence County turnout. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
A wide range of candidates are running for municipal seats across the bi-county area. Few contests have many candidates running, and many cities have unopposed races.

Lawrence County cities

Pierce City: One seat is open for the Ward One alderman's post in Pierce City. No one filed to fill the three-term incumbent David Jones, leaving the position open for a write-in race.

Running without opposition are four-term incumbent Allen Stockton in Ward Two, two-term incumbent Julie Garner from Ward Three and three-term incumbent Cory Sooter from Ward Four.

Freistatt: The same scenario played out in Freistatt where only two candidates filed for three vacancies. One-term incumbent Brian Paynter and first-time candidate Eva Jobe are running, leaving the third seat open for a write-in.

Verona: There is no opposition in Verona. Two-term incumbent Roy Snyder is running unopposed for another term as mayor.

Matt Pruente is seeking re-election for a second consecutive term as alderman. He previously served in the 1990s. A first-time candidate, Deborah Snyder, wife of the mayor, completes the ballot for at-large aldermen.

Aurora: Four people are running for two three-year seats on the Aurora City Council. Eddie Breeding, who ran unsuccessfully the past two years, and Jerry Lee West, who has run every year since 2002, lead a field that includes first-time candidates Mike Bloss and Doyle Ferguson.

Two candidates seek a one-year term on the council. Three-term incumbent Gene Anderson is facing a challenge from David Price.

Mt. Vernon: Three of the four wards in Mt. Vernon have races. In Ward One, two-term incumbent James Greene is challenged by first-time candidate Chet Hunter.

In Ward Two, David Van Pelt, who has been on the city council since 2007 by winning two elections, is challenged by first-time candidates Gary Albers and Linda Day.

In Ward Four, two-term incumbent John Hull is seeking to regain the seat he lost last year. James Schmitt is running for the fourth consecutive year, and Charles McConnell, who ran in 2007, fills out the field.

Four-term incumbent Max Springer is unopposed for the Ward Three seat.

Miller: Three people are seeking the mayor's job in Miller. Dennis Harris, who ran unsuccessfully for the post last year, is in a field against two-time city council candidate Garry Baker and first-time candidate Steven Epps.

Four candidates are seeking the two at-large city council seats. Four-term incumbent Kerry Johnson is facing one-term incumbent Bill Jones, Bill Wilhite, who last ran in 2005, and first-time candidate Milo Daniel.

Marionville: There are races for two city council seats in Marionville. One-term incumbent Daniel Clevenger is challenged by first-time candidate Rhonda Clark for the Ward One alderman's seat. One-term incumbent Todd Steinmann is opposed by first-time candidate Derek Eckels.

Unopposed for the Ward Three alderman's post is Bob Duda.

Stotts City: No races developed in Stotts City. Rodney White is assured an 11th term as North Ward alderman with Vicky Stearns will get a third term representing the South Ward. Cheryl Reynolds will get a fifth term as collector.

Barry County cities

Purdy: In Ward One in Purdy, Rex Coffey, who was appointed to fill a vacancy, is running for a full term against first-time candidate Scott Redshaw.

No other races developed. Ron Dutra is unopposed for his first full term as mayor. Ken Real is running for a one-year seat to fill out a vacancy created by the resignation of Jim Sharman from the Ward Two seat.

Three-term incumbent Steve Roden in Ward One and two-term incumbent Wayne Rupp in Ward Two are running for the two-year posts.

Butterfield: No opposition formed in Butterfield. Gary Florer is assured of a second consecutive term representing the East Ward. Gaudalupe Meza is unopposed in his bid to represent the West Ward.

Wheaton: No races developed in Wheaton. Donnie Powell is running unopposed for his second consecutive term as mayor. Naomi Young has no opponent in her bid for a second term as West Ward alderman. David Shockley is headed for his sixth term representing the East Ward.

Cassville: Tracy Holle is unopposed in her bid for a second term as Cassville mayor.

For the North Ward alderman's seat, four-term incumbent Pete Landstad is facing first-time candidate Bill Hill.

In the South Ward, incumbent Sue Brattin, who has held her seat since 2000, is facing first-time candidate Mark Pry.

Exeter: Half the seats on the Exeter City Council are open for write-in balloting. No one is running for either the one-year or two-year aldermen's seats representing the North Ward.

James "Rusty" Reed is unopposed in his bid for a fourth term as mayor. Rhonda Scott is unopposed to represent the South Ward.

Washburn: Two of the three open seats in Washburn attracted no candidates. The job of mayor and East Ward alderman are open to write-in election. Staci Day is unopposed in seeking the alderman's seat for the West Ward.

Seligman: No races developed in Seligman. Three-term mayor Duane Corn is running unopposed. Danny Joe Hendrix is due to extend his five years on the council representing the East Ward. James Bottorff is unopposed for the West Ward seat.

Village of Emerald Beach: Six candidates are vying for the three two-year seats on the Emerald Beach Board of Trustees. Four-term incumbent Everett Barragar leads the field against one-term incumbent Terry Reed and first-time candidates Mary Jo Reed, Bill Little, W.D. Reid and Melissa Williams.

Village of Arrow Point: No candidates emerged in Arrow Point. Two two-year seats are open on the village board. Voters will get to write in the winner.

Village of Chain-O-Lakes: No one filed to run for the single vacancy on the village board in Chain-O-Lakes. Voters will fill the vacancy through write-in balloting.



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