Incumbents had an edge in yesterday's school and municipal elections in Monett and Lawrence County.
Monett R-1: Two-term incumbent David Beckett led the field for the third time in seeking another term on the Monett School Board. Beckett had 294 votes (148 Barry County, 146 Lawrence). Winning the other two open seats were Darren Bass with 272 (138 Barry, 134 Lawrence) and Ken Gaspar with 242 (133 Barry, 109 Lawrence). First-time candidate Paul Bricker collected 130 votes (64 Barry, 66 Lawrence).
Pierce City R-6: Two incumbents and one newcomer claimed the three open seats on the Pierce City School Board. One-term incumbent David Jones led the field with 746 votes (523 Lawrence, 102 Barry, 121 Newton). Taking the second slot was first-time candidate Doug Chapman with 697 (496 Lawrence, 94 Barry, 107 Newton). Four-term incumbent James Barchak took the third seat with 575 votes (381 Lawrence, 76 Barry, 118 Newton).
Out of the running were previous candidate Greg Drollinger with 405, first-time candidate Lisa Abramovitz Cameron with 378, and five-time candidate Hollis Webb with 241.
Verona R-7: Incumbency proved to be a disadvantage in the Verona School Board race. After 27 years on the school board, nine-term incumbent Roger Bandy finished in fourth place with 81 votes. Four-term incumbent Ed Kristek finished out of the running in fifth place with 70 votes.
Taking the three open seats were first-time candidate Louis Carraquillo with 112 votes (102 Lawrence, 10 Barry), followed by former city council member DeDe Hutson with 90 (85 Lawrence, 5 Barry) and first-time candidate Mary Hesemann with 88 (84 Lawrence, 4 Barry). First-time candidate Richard Werner had 66 votes.
Aurora R-8: Incumbents carried the day in the Aurora School Board race. Three-term incumbent Don Sparks led the field with 370 votes (334 Lawrence, 36 Barry). One-term incumbent Mark McCully, who had also served prior to his present term, took second with 367 votes (329 Lawrence, 38 Barry). Three-term incumbent Scott Welch grabbed the third slot with 340 votes.
Out of the running was Melanie Houser Mayberry with 313 votes.
Marionville R-9: First-time candidate Jacquie Mais outdistanced the competition in winning a seat on the Marionville School Board. Mais won with 278 votes, followed by the two incumbents. Chris Murphy won a fourth term with 207 votes, followed by four-term incumbent Kay Kerans with 205 votes.
First-time candidates Kevin Blane Inmon and Matt Schmidt finished fourth and fifth with 170 and 116 votes respectively.
Miller R-2: Like Marionville, Miller patrons gave a newcomer the top votes and returned two incumbents to office. First-time candidate Erika Sexton led the field with 270 votes, followed by one-term incumbent Mark Harrington with 284 and four-term incumbent Chad Hill with 246.
Out of the running were first-time candidates Jimmy Parnell with 186 votes, L. Allen Tennis with 159 and Scott Jack with 139.
Mt. Vernon R-5: Incumbents proved to be the most popular in the Mt. Vernon School District. Gene Ingle, who has served on the board for 29 years, got another term with 326 votes, followed by seven-term incumbent Ron Schmidly with 315. First-time candidate Paul Brockman took the third seat with 306.
Cortney Hurn finished fourth with 82 votes.
Pierce City: Write-in votes determined the winner of the Ward 1 alderman's seat in Pierce City, where 25 votes were cast. Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson had not yet announced an apparent winner by presstime. It was not known if David Jones would accept another term after serving for eight years and not filing for re-election.
In Ward 2, incumbent Brian Jones, serving by appointment after three previous years of service, carried the day with 69 votes over first-time candidate April Ottavian with 22.
Running unopposed in Ward 3 are Dana Stanphill, receiving 58 votes for the one-year seat, and Melissa Creed with 53 votes for the two-year seat. In Ward 4, four-term incumbent Cory Sooter received 58 votes for the one-year seat. Brandon Raley had 51 votes to keep his Ward 4 seat for two more years.
Verona: One incumbent won and one lost in the race for city council seats in Verona. Gary Welters, who lost his election bid last April, led the field with 48 votes. Former alderman Willis Hutson took the other seat with 40 votes. Two-term incumbent Matt Pruente lost his bid with 34 votes.
For the one-year seat, first-time candidate Barbara Allen carried the day with 35 votes over appointee Sheila Massengill with 31.
Mayor Lloyd Airrington received 53 votes without opposition in his re-election bid for a two-year term.
Freistatt: There are no surprises in Freistatt with no declared opposition for the Village Board of Trustees. Former one-term trustee Delpha Bowling and one-term incumbent Eva Jobe each received 28 votes. First-time candidate Robert Brandt had 24.
Aurora: A vacancy still remains on the Aurora City Council after Tuesday's vote. Incumbent Darlene Hedrick Moore who recently moved outside the city, won the third vacancy even though she was ineligible. For the second year in a row, council members will fill the post by appointment, having tapped Moore to succeed previous alderman Steve Kahre.
First-time candidate Linda Barton proved to be the top vote getter with 248, followed by Dan Broyles, multi-term alderman and past mayor, with 225.
Marionville: Incumbency proved to be an asset in the two contested races for the city council in Marionville.
In Ward 1, two-term incumbent Daniel Clevenger carried the day with 38 votes over challenger Gina Stringer with 33. In Ward 3, five-term incumbent Kay Leffingwell, who lost last year, claimed the two-year seat with 76 votes over first-time candidate Jessica Wilson with 40.
Jeff Schatz received 83 votes to take the other Ward 3 seat for one year, completing the term opened when Bob Duta won the mayor's job last year.
Miller: Incumbents led the field for the Miller City Council. Five-term incumbent Kerry Johnson had 101 votes, followed by two-term incumbent Bill Jones with 92. Out of the running were first-time candidates Dena Pace with 63, Josh Harris with four and Chuck Evans with 21.
Mt. Vernon: There was no opposition in Mt. Vernon. Three-term incumbent James Greene was returned to his Ward 1 seat with 59 votes. One-term incumbent Gary Albers went back to his Ward 2 seat with 52 votes. Five-term incumbent Max Springer had 37 votes to keep representing Ward 3. Three-term incumber John Hull had 52 votes to continue as Ward 4 alderman.
Stotts City: Incumbents Rodney White had five votes and Vicky Stearns had six to keep their city council seats in Stotts City. Collector Cheryl Reynolds got six votes in her unopposed re-election bid.
Voters in the Freistatt Special Road District renewed the 35-cent property tax levy to continue services at the same level by a margin of 57-2 or 97 percent in favor.
In the Mt. Vernon Benefit Special Road District, Bob Misemer had 236 votes to win over James Schmitt with 86.
In the Green Benefit Special Road District, Robert Calvin won with 36 votes over Randee Schwartz-Locke with 26.