A few candidates threw their hats into the ring in the final week for municipal, school board and other government elections to be decided on April 3. Filings closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Monett R-1 School District will not have an election for the first time since 2004. The only two candidates to file for board of education seats were two-term incumbent Dr. J.D. Roberts, the current board president, and pharmacist James "A.J." Bah, who was running for the first time.
The Pierce City R-6 School District election will be a four-man race for the two open seats. Current three-term incumbent Fred Slagle and one-term incumbent Mike Zebert are challenged for re-election by two-term incumbent Michael Blinzler and Hollis Webb, who filed on Jan. 13.
No additional candidates filed for municipal offices in Pierce City, leaving all the candidates unopposed.
Mayor Allan Stockton is assured of a second term. John Archer will return for a fourth term representing Ward I. Scott Wahl will get a third term representing Ward 2.
Dana Stanphill will add two years to the one she has served representing Ward 3. Cory Sooter will add another term to the nine years he has represented Ward 4.
There will be no election in the Purdy R-2 School District. Three-term incumbent and board president Randy Henderson and one-term incumbent Ken Terry have no opposition to their re-election bids.
No new candidates filed for the Purdy city council. In Ward 1, Sean Priest, who ran last year, and former alderman Ron Gray face off for the alderman's seat. Two-term incumbent Ken Real is unopposed for re-election.
No one filed for one of the two at-large city council seats in Verona, leaving room for a write-in election. One-term incumbent George Strawn filed for the other seat and is unopposed.
No election will be held in the Verona R-7 School District. Eight-term incumbent and current board president Donnie Craft and first-time candidate Jeff Hillhouse were the only persons to file.
Freistatt will have only one person on the ballot for the Board of Trustees. Filing in the last week was first-time candidate Rose Ortwein. The second seat remains open for a write-in vote.
B-L Ambulance board
One candidate filed in the last week for an open seat on the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance Board of Directors. Marty Newman, who has represented District 4, which includes most of the Barry County portion of Monett, filed to keep the post he has held since 2000.
A vacancy remains for a write-in vote to represent District 1, covering Capps Creek, Kings Prairie, McDowell and rural Monett townships.
Three elections for road district commissioners will be held near Monett in Barry County.
In the Purdy Special Road District, incumbent Gary Rickman is being challenged by Randy Wormington. In the Pleasant Ridge Special Road District, incumbent Robert McKee will face challenger Leroy Schoon. In the Pioneer Special Road District, Robert Golubski and Mark Witt will be running against each other.
No elections will be needed in four nearby road districts. Bill Medlin, Sr. is unopposed for another term on the Monett Special Road District. Incumbent Ron Campbell is the only candidate to file in the Kings Prairie Special Road District. Incumbent Robert Presley was the only candidate to file in the Capps Creek Special Road District, and Emmanuel Berry filed for another term on the Corsicana Special Road District.
No elections will be needed in four nearby Lawrence County road districts, where all the incumbents filed. Allen Carr filed in the last week to keep his seat on the Verona Benefit Special Road District Board of Commissioners. Mike O'Hara will return on the Pierce Benefit Special Road District. Also running unopposed are Herman Lehde in the Freistatt Special Road District and Don Kleiboeker in the Mt. Pleasant Benefit Special Road District, west of Freistatt.