Although only three weeks ago the upcoming municipal and school board elections had drawn the interest of few new candidates, several more individuals have announced intentions to run in the upcoming April 8 general election.
A majority of the municipal elections feature at least one unopposed incumbent. There will be three contested city races in Barry County this spring.
In Cassville, new candidates Jo Ellen Fielding and current north ward alderman Pete Landstad's son, Doug Landstad, will vie for a north ward alderman's seat that will be vacated by Joe Cavness, who has not refiled. Incumbent Herb Primrose has refiled for south ward alderman.
According to the Missouri Attorney General's Office, individuals serving in elected council positions can be related.
"The nepotism provision of the Missouri Constitution pertains to appointments to office, and not elected positions," said John Fougere, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon press secretary.
In Exeter, incumbent Brenda Adkins will face off against challenger Marilyn Erwin in the north ward alderman's race. Incumbent Jeff Scott has refiled for south ward alderman.
Incumbent Frances Hobbs will be challenged by new candidate Lania Lowe for a west ward alderman seat on the Butterfield City Council. Incumbent Carrol Hayes is seeking another two-year term as east ward alderman, and incumbent Tony Cope has refiled for Butterfield mayor.
Washburn's municipal election has attracted two new candidates. John Tiedman has filed for a west ward alderman seat that will be vacated by Ray Hayworth, and Mary L. Roller has filed for an east ward alderman seat that will be vacated by Sherry Cox. Neither Hayworth nor Cox have filed for re-election.
In Purdy, incumbent Ron Dutra has refiled for ward one alderman, and incumbent Jim Sharman has refiled for ward two alderman.
Incumbents Lisa Makela and Jerry Montgomery have refiled for Seligman west ward and east ward aldermen seats respectively.
In Wheaton, incumbents Nancy Rosentretter, west ward alderman, and Donnie Pierpont, east ward alderman, have both refiled for seats on the city council.
School board races
This year's school board elections have attracted several new names.
Incumbents Mike Carr and Danny Buchanan have filed for re-election to three-year terms on the Cassville R-IV School Board. Although Lonnie McCullough, Jr., has not filed for re-election, the race has attracted several new candidates. Rachel Sheats, Becky Henningson and Rob Gripka are also seeking three-year terms on the R-IV Board.
Purdy R-II?School Board members Ronnie Veith and Russ Neill have filed for new three-year terms on the board. Incumbent Mike Bennett has not yet filed for the other three-year term open in the R-II District.
Incumbent Angie Corn has filed for re-election to a three-year term on the Southwest R-V School Board. That race has also attracted new candidates Albert Pendergraft, Pete Rose and Danny Laney. Incumbents Janet Ballard and Judy Friend have not filed for re-election.
Wheaton R-III School Board President Larry Prewitt and board member Lewis Royer are seeking three more years on the board. New candidate Landon Brattin has filed for another three-year term that will be vacated by Lindy Lombard, who has not yet refiled.
Incumbents Jeston Scott and Bobbie Vanzandt have filed for re-election to three-year terms on the Exeter R-VI?School Board. The race has also attracted new candidate Kerry Mattingly, who will seek a three-year term that will be vacated by Doug Weston, who has not yet refiled.
Shell Knob school board member Howard Trimble has filed for re-election to a three-year term on the Shell Knob School Board. Incumbents Bob Stewart and Joan Tull have not refiled.