Filings opened yesterday for school board and municipal elections that will take place on April 6, 2010. A number of races began taking shape early as candidates put their names on record for consideration.
The fastest race developing yesterday was for the Monett R-1 Board of Education. Three-term incumbent Tony Rickard, who has served as board president, has announced he will not seek re-election, leaving one vacancy to fill.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board," Rickard told The Times. "It's been a learning experience. "It's time for other people to step up to the plate."
Doug Childress, who ran last April, filed yesterday for a second try for a seat on the board. First-time candidates Darren Bass and Kenneth Gaspar also filed. One-term incumbent Marty Scabarozi also signed up for a re-election bid yesterday.
In the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education race, two candidates filed on the first day. One-term incumbent Kent Boursheski filed for a second term. Two-term incumbent Kenny O'Hara, who lost last April, filed for another run, The other open seat next April is currently held by one-term incumbent Richard Kutz.
In the municipal election in Pierce City, only one candidate filed. John Archer, who has represented Ward One for two consecutive terms, was the only person to file.
Seats open next April include the Ward Two seat presently held by one-term incumbent Scott Wahl; the Ward Three seat presently held by two-term incumbent Larry Bartkoski, and the Ward Four seat that has been vacant for several months following the resignation of Willie Parks.
Six-term incumbent Mayor Carol Hirsch told aldermen Monday night that she will not seek another term. She told The Times that she would consider running for an alderman's post.
No one filed in Purdy yesterday for seats on the school board or the city council.
Seats open this year on the Purdy R-2 Board of Education are presently held by three-term incumbent Kelly Hayes and one-term incumbent Tracy Tate.
No report was available on first day filings in the city of Purdy. City council seats in Purdy open next April are both held by appointed incumbents who then won one-year seats last April. Presently serving are Rex Coffey in Ward One and Ken Real in Ward Two.
No one filed in the Verona R-7 School District though both incumbents have picked up filing papers. Seats open next April are presently held by two-term incumbent David Doner and one-term incumbent Dale Whitlock.
One person filed yesterday for a Verona City Council seat. Five-term incumbent Lloyd Airrington made his intentions known early. The other vacancy next April is presently held by Robert Baker, who was appointed to complete the term of one-term incumbent Julie Wolf, who moved out of town earlier this year. One candidate filed in Freistatt yesterday. James M. Ortwein, who is presently serving as mayor, filed for another two-year term. Ortwein has been on the board of trustees since 2005.
The other seat open in April is currently held by Delpha Bowling, who has served on the board since July 2007.
Filings will close at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2010. Candidates can place their names in consideration at city halls or with the school board secretaries.