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Monett voters will choose city council members in Tuesday's election.

Two candidates are facing off for the job of mayor. Two-term incumbent Jim Orr is facing a challenge from first-time candidate Dennis Murphy.

Three candidates are on the ballot for the two city council seats. Jerry Dierker, who has been on the council since 1996, and Mike Brownsberger, who has served since 2007, are joined by Stephen Schoen, who is seeking public office for the first time.

All the Monett positions are for four years. All the candidates faced each other in the Feb. 7 primary, which left the full field for a final run next week.

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." Bahl, who is running for the first time.

Lawrence County cities

All the candidates in Pierce City are unopposed for re-election.

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 already served in Ward 4.

Freistatt will face a write-in to fill one of the two seats on the village board of trustees. First-time candidate Rose Ortwein was the only candidate for file, leaving one open vacancy.

Verona voters face the same situation. One-term incumbent George Strawn is the only candidate on the ballot for the two at-large city council seats. The second will be filled by write-in.

Stotts City voters will also fill a vacancy by write-in. Jeffrey Gibson was the only candidate to file for the two at-large city council seats, leaving one vacancy. Incumbent mayor Joanne Caddick is running for another term without opposition.

At least one new face will appear on the city council in Mt. Vernon. Two first-time candidates, Dallas Gramm and Craig Nelson, are running for the Ward 1 alderman's seat. In Ward 3, Barbara Rubison, who is on the council by appointment, is running for her first full term against first-time candidate Chuck Lester.

Mayor David Eden is seeking his sixth term without opposition. Carol Millsap is seeking a fourth term representing Ward 3. Lowell Phillips, who previously served as an alderman from Ward 1, is now in Ward 4 after the ward lines were redrawn. He is running unopposed for the Ward 4 alderman's seat.

Four candidates are seeking the one vacancy on the Aurora City Council. They are Steve Ramirez, Doris Colwell, Regina Payne and Lisa Rentfro.

Several races developed for seats on the Marionville City Council. One-term mayor Bob Duda Jr. is facing a re-election challenge from alderman Phillip Harter and first-time candidate Brenda Allen. In Ward 1, two-term incumbent Jim Dickenson is challenged by first-time candidate Dale Blankenship.

Running without opposition in Marionville is first-time candidate Scott Brown for the Ward 2 seat long held by incumbent Max McBride, who did not file for another term. One-term incumbent Jeff Schatz is running unopposed for the open seat from Ward 3.

Miller voters have two races to decide, each with three candidates. For the job of mayor, two-term incumbent Dennis Harris is facing a challenge from past alderman Bill Wilhite and first-time candidate Earnest Brown.

Candidates for the two at-large city council seats include one-term incumbent Ricard Turk, Mitzi Kilby, who was appointed after Dana Erickson resigned, and Robert Jones, who ran for alderman in 2010.

Lawrence County schools

Four candidates are seeking the two vacancies on the Pierce City R-6 School

Board. 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 is making his sixth try for a school board seat.

Five candidates filed for the two openings on the Mt. Vernon R-5 School Board. Six-term incumbent John Rutledge and one-term incumbent Danny Bowling are running against Chad Grider, Bob Howard and Matt Shuster.

Four candidates are running for the two seats on the Miller R-2 School Board. One-term incumbents Cindy Gulick and Jeff Hadlock are running against Loretta Thomas, a past board member who ran last in 2010, and first-time candidate Rockey Garner.

Three candidates are seeking the two seats on the Aurora R-8 School Board. Five-term incumbent Roger Dummit and one-term incumbent Michele Parbury are running with Melanie House Mayberry.

Five candidates are running for the two seats on the Marionville R-9 School Board. Five-term incumbent Brandon White and two-term incumbent Brad Smith are running against Kevin Inmon, who ran in 2011, and first-time candidates Toi Stine and Steve Rohlman.

Other races

Two races emerged for road district positions in Lawrence County. John Hunt and Thurman Lee, neither of whom are incumbents, are seeking the opening on the Miller Benefit Special Road District.

Two candidates, incumbent David Smothers and Gene Messenger, are running for the open seat on the Mt. Vernon Benefit Special Road District.

Lawrence County voters are asked to renew the cabaret tax for the first time. Passed in 2008, the tax establishes a 10 percent tax on gross receipts on any business featuring nude dancing.

Miller School District patrons are asked to approve a no-tax-increase bond issue to raise $5,130,000. The money would be used to refinance bonds from previous construction at a lower rate.

No elections

The Verona R-7 School District will hold no election this year. Eight-term incumbent and current board president Donnie Craft and first-time candidate Jeff Hillhouse were the only persons to file.

Single candidates filed in 10 road districts, making no election necessary. Races are not being held in the Pierce, Freistatt, Verona, Mt. Pleasant, Aurora, Buck Prairie, Green, Midway, Red Oak and Vineyard districts.

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