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Bi-county city and school races to be decided Tuesday

Friday, April 2, 2010

School board and city government positions will be filled by voters who go to the polls on Tuesday, April 6.

School board races

Barry County

Monett R-1: Five candidates are running for two seats on the Monett School Board. One-term incumbent Marty Scabarozi heads a field that includes 2009 candidate Doug Childress and first-time candidates Mark Jackson, Darren Bass and Kenneth Gaspar. Incumbent Tony Rickard did not refile.

Purdy R-2: Six candidates are running for two seats in Purdy. One-term incumbent Tracy Tate leads a field with first-time candidates Ed Mareth, Angela Moore, Lenni Wood, David Young and Mike Roller. Incumbent Kelly Hayes did not refile.

Exeter R-6: Three-term incumbent Melvin Lacey and one-term incumbent Eric O'Neill and first-time candidates Tracie Cole and Lisa Newman face off for two open seats on the R-6 board.

Southwest R-5: A three-way race developed in the Southwest district. Three-term incumbent Robert Shockley and one-term incumbent Bobby Stephens have a challenge from former school board member Angie Corn, who lost in 2008.

No races: In the Cassville R-4 District, four-term incumbent Greg Allen and one-term incumbent Hal Smith were the only candidates to file for the open seats. In the Wheaton R-3 District, one-term incumbent Dan Goostree and Kendall Haynes, who has served one term plus a year following an earlier appointment, were the only candidates filing.

A change will occur on the Shell Knob Board since two-term incumbent Danny Street did not run again. One-term incumbent Rusty Rickard will be joined by new candidate Jonathan Gray.

Lawrence County

Pierce City R-6: Three candidates seek two seats on the Pierce City School Board. One-term incumbent Kent Boursheski is joined in the field by former school board member Kenny O'Hara, who lost in 2009, and Hollis Webb, who is running for the third consecutive year.

Aurora R-8: Four are seeking the two Aurora School Board seats. Three-term incumbents Carolyn Swartz and Charles Folz will face a challenge from first-time candidate Melanie Mayberry.

Marionville R-9: There will be a change on the Marionville school board since three-term incumbent Alan Hubbard did not refile. Marilyn (Tappana) McCrosky, who has been on the board since 1992, leads a field that includes 2009 candidate Matt Schmidt and first-time candidates Brian Davis, Daniel Weathermon and Mark Neveln.

Miller R-2: A change will also occur on the Miller School Board with four-term incumbent Carolyn Nivens not seeking another stint in office. Incumbent David Rose, who has served since 2000, leads a field that includes former school board member Loretta Thomas, who lost in 2005, and first-time candidates Chi-Chi Steele and Barbara Sparks.

No races: In the Verona R-7 District, two-term incumbent David Doner and one-term incumbent Dale Whitlock are the only candidates, thus requiring no public vote.

In the Mt. Vernon R-5 District, David Botts, who has been on the board since 1995, and Bob Misemer, who has had his seat since 1998, head back for another term. Neither has faced a challenger in the preceding three elections.

Municipal races

Barry County

Purdy: No contested races developed in Purdy. Both Ward One Alderman Rex Coffey and Ward Two Alderman Ken Real will get their second full terms. Both began serving by appointment and ran for one-year terms in 2009.

Cassville: The only municipal race in Barry County is in the Cassville South Ward, where one-term incumbent Terry Heinz will face new candidate Greg Allen. There will be a change in the North Ward. One-term alderman Dennis Baker did not seek re-election, and Darrell Ledenham will be filling it.

Butterfield: No opposition candidates emerged in Butterfield. Mayor Tony Cope, East Ward Alderman Carrol Hayes and West Ward Alderman Frances Hobbs will all head back into office. All three have held the same posts since elections as a city began in 2006.

Wheaton: No changes are due in Wheaton, where Donnie Pierpont will stay in the East Ward alderman's seat he first ran for in 2008. Stacy Beck will keep the West Ward seat to which she was appointed in 2009, replacing Nancy Rosentreter, who resigned in 2009.

Seligman: Jerry Montgomery, as the only mayoral candidate, will keep the job to which he was appointed in 2009 after the death of Mayor Duane Corn. Michael Steen, who was appointed to fill Montgomery's East Ward alderman's position, is the only person running, as is Latisha Pippin in the West Ward. Pippin was appointed in 2009 after incumbent Lisa Makela moved to Cassville.

Washburn: Two faces will change on the Washburn City Council. West Ward Alderman Ray Hayworth will succeed Gerald Hinde. Mary Roller will succeed Sherry Cox as East Ward Aldermen. Neither incumbent filed for re-election.

Municipal races

Lawrence County

Pierce City: Five-term alderman Allen Stockton is on the ballot without opposition for mayor, positioning him to succeed six-term incumbent Carol Hirsch. If elected, Stockton will have to vacate the Ward Two alderman's seat. The Ward Four alderman's seat remains open for a write-in vote, having been vacated in 2009 when Willie Parks resigned. John Archer, who has completed two consecutive terms representing Ward One, is running unopposed. One-term incumbents Scott Wahl from Ward Two and Larry Bartkoski from Ward Three are the only candidates for those posts.

Verona: Three candidates are running for two at-large alderman's seats. Five-term incumbent Lloyd Airrington is facing first-time candidates George Strawn and Gary Welters.

Freistatt: No candidates filed for one of the two open seats on the Freistatt Village Board. Incumbent Delpha Bowling, who served since 2007, did not refile, leaving the position open for a write-in vote. James M. Ortwein, who is serving as mayor, is the only candidate who filed, and he is assured of re-election. Ortwein has been on the board since 2005.

Stotts City: The death of Mayor Joel Margolis after election filings closed left no candidates for the position. One-term incumbent Kenneth Shepard did not refile for the South Ward alderman's seat, leaving both seats open for a write-in vote. Two-term incumbent Carl Hobbs is running unopposed for the North Ward alderman's post.

Mt. Vernon: Two races developed for alderman's seats in Mt. Vernon. In Ward One, first-time candidates Eric Snow and Lowell Phillips are facing off. Incumbent Chet Hunter was appointed to a city position and thus could not run. Ward Four will see one-term incumbent Mike Tebow facing James Schmitt, who is making his fourth consecutive bid for office, and first-time candidate Charles Hunt. Running unopposed are three-term Mayor Dave Eden and Ward Three Alderman April Mieswinkel Canchola, who is seeking her fourth term.

Miller: Five people are seeking two at-large aldermen's seats in Miller. Incumbent Avon Snyder, who has served since 1999, leads a field that includes Garry Baker, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2008 and mayor in 2009, as well as first-time candidates Robert Jones and Dana Erickson. Six-term incumbent Richard Dunn did not refile. Dennis Harris, who won a one-year stint as mayor in 2009, is unopposed for a two-year term.

Aurora: Two candidates are seeking the one open three-year seat on the city council. The race is between David Price, who won a seat in 2009, and Eddie Breeding, who is running for the third consecutive year.

Marionville: Old faces are appearing in different places in the Marionville election. Seeking the job of mayor is former one-term mayor David Arnsmeyer and Bob Duda Jr., who ran in 2008 for alderman. Three-term incumbent Doris Rapp filed instead for the Ward One alderman's seat. She will face one-term incumbent Jim Dickenson. Running without opposition are three-term incumbent Max McBride in Ward Two and five-term incumbent Kay Leffingwell in Ward Three.

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