Candidates seeking school board seats and city council positions in the April 5, 2011 election will be able to place their names in contention beginning Tuesday, Dec. 14. Filings will close on Jan. 18, 2011.
Monett R-1: Three seats will be open on the Monett Board of Education next April, and at least one vacancy is expected as not all of the incumbents plan to run again. Seats up for a vote are presently held by five-term incumbent Rod Anderson, four-term incumbent Dave Beckett and two-term incumbent Scott Beckwith.
Pierce City R-6: Three seats will be filled on the Pierce City Board of Education. Current board president and four-term incumbent James Barchak, four-term incumbent Randy Staponski and one-term incumbent David Jones will have their terms expire in April.
Purdy R-2: Three vacancies will open on the Purdy Board of Education. The positions are presently held by three-term incumbent Ronnie Veith, two-term incumbent Russ Neill and two-term incumbent Mike Bennett.
Verona R-7: The most veteran school board members in the immediate area will have their seats open in the April election. The positions are presently held by nine-term incumbent Roger Bandy and four-term incumbents Ed Kristek and YaVonne Koehler.
All school board seats run for three years.
Pierce City: Several seats filled by appointment will require elections in Pierce City. One-year seats will have to be filled in Ward 3, where the current incumbent is Melissa Creed, and in Ward 4, where Brandon Raley is serving.
Two-year seats open in Pierce City include the Ward 1 slot presently held by four-term incumbent David Jones; the Ward 2 seat held by past alderman Brian Jones; the Ward 3 seat held by three-term incumbent Julie Garner; and the Ward 4 seat held by four-term incumbent Cory Sooter.
Verona: Gary Welters and Sheila Massengill became aldermen at large by appointment following the resignations of Mayor Roy Snyder and Alderman Debbie Snyder. Veteran council member Lloyd Airrington moved up to mayor, leaving Welters and Massengill to fill the aldermen's slots.
According to City Clerk Julie Ruscha, when the current terms end, the April election will fill one one-year vacancy and one two-year slot. Council members never designated which of the appointees held the longer position, since both jobs would be open in April.
The mayor's job will also be open in April, as will the two-year seat held by two-term incumbent Matt Pruente.
Purdy: The mayor's job will also be open in Purdy, a post held by incumbent and long-term alderman Ron Dutra for the past year and a half.
Other positions open in Purdy are held by four-term incumbent Steve Roden and three-term incumbent Wayne Rupp.
Freistatt: Two seats will be open on the Freistatt Board of Trustees. Two-term incumbent Brian Paynter and one-term incumbent Eva Jobe will have their posts expire.
The job of mayor, or president of the board of trustees, will be determined by the newly elected board for the coming year.
Lawrence County: One position will be open in each of the county road district commissioners' boards in April.
In the Monett Special Road District, present board chairman Pete Rauch's seat will be open.
Other incumbents whose terms expire in April include James Larkin in the Pierce Special Road District; Hershel Worm in the Freistatt Special Road District; and Allen Carr in the Verona Benefit Special Road District.
Barry County: Incumbents whose positions will be open in April in Barry County include David Brittenham in Kings Prairie Special Road District; Jerry Laney in the Pleasant Ridge Special Road District; Rick Vanderpool in the Capps Creek Special Road District; Jay Henderson in Corsicana; and David Henry in the Purdy Special Road District.