Cassville to offer only contested municpal race
The upcoming April school board and municipal elections have attracted only a few new candidates, and only one local city will host a contested race.
Cassville South Ward voters will have the opportunity to decide the only contested municipal race this spring. Incumbent Terry Heinz will be challenged by Greg Allen.
North Ward Alderman Dennis Baker has not filed for re-election, but the race has attracted one new candidate, Darrell Ledenham.
Five out of six of the remaining municipal elections feature only incumbent candidates. One local city race has attracted no candidates.
Wheaton West Ward Alderman Stacy Beck, who was appointed to fill Nancy Rosentretter's seat after Rosentretter resigned on Sept. 8, and East Ward Alderman David Shockley have both filed for new two-year terms on the Wheaton City Council.
Butterfield Mayor Tony Cope, West Ward Aldermen Francis Hobbs and East Ward Alderman Carrol Hayes have also filed for re-election.
Seligman Mayor Jerry Montgomery will seek a new two-year term on the Seligman City Council. That city's ballot will also feature the names of incumbents Michael Steen, east ward alderman, and Latisha Pippin, west ward alderman.
Incumbents Rex Coffey, Purdy ward one alderman, and Ken Real, Purdy ward two alderman, will also seek re-election.
The Washburn City Council race has attracted no candidates. Ray Hayworth, west ward alderman, and Sherry Cox, east ward alderman, are up for re-election this year but they did not refile.
School board elections
Over half of the local school board races feature unopposed incumbents. New candidate names will appear on the ballots for a pair of school districts.
Incumbents Greg Allen and Hal Smith are seeking another three-year term on the Cassville R-IV School Board.
Wheaton School Board members Dan Goostree and Kendall Haynes have filed for re-election to three-year terms, and Exeter School Board members Melvin Lacey and Eric O'Neill will seek re-election.
Incumbents Robert Shockley and Bobby Stephens have also filed for re-election to the Southwest R-V School Board.
Current Shell Knob School Board member Rusty Rickard has filed for re-election, and newcomer Jonathan Gray has filed for the seat that is currently held by Danny Street, who has not filed for re-election.
The Purdy R-II School Board race has also attracted two new candidates, Angela Moore and Ed Mareth. Incumbent Kelly Hayes has not filed but incumbent Tracy Tate will seek re-election in April.
Filing for the municipal and school board offices ended on Jan. 19. The election is scheduled to be held on April 6.
Lenni Wood, David Young and Mike Roller have also filed for the Purdy R-II School Board and Angie Corn has filed for the Southwest R-V School Board.