Write-in candidate wins Exeter SB seat
On Tuesday, Exeter School District voters made a major statement by electing write-in candidate Gary Stringer to an open seat on the R-6 School Board. Stringer received 127 votes, second only to incumbent Kerry Mattingly.
Patrons of the Exeter School District also elected Larry Meyer over husband and wife candidates Mike and Amy Cole.
Mattingly received the most votes with 143. She was followed by Stringer, who received 127 votes, and Meyer, who earned 102 votes. Mike Cole received 66 votes, and Amy Cole collected 63 votes.
Other school board races
Jon Horner will join two re-elected incumbents on the Cassville School Board this year. Incumbent Becky Henningson received the most votes with 499. She was followed by Horner, who received 455 votes, and incumbent David Haddock, who earned 348 votes.
Haddock only narrowly defeated challenger Wade Hermansen, who received 329 votes. The remaining challenger John Lueckenhoff had 271 votes.
Purdy R-2 School District patrons re-elected all incumbents. Mike Bennett received the most votes with 215. He was followed by Ronnie Veith, who received 211 votes, and Russ Neill, who received 209 votes. Alexandra Miller, who announced her withdrawal from the race last month, earned 39 votes.
Seligman Mayor Jerry Montgomery was defeated by challenger Jason Raucstadt. Montgomery received 36 votes to Raucstadt's 64 votes.
Residents of Seligman also elected Eric Freeman to a west ward seat. Freeman defeated incumbent James Bottorff, who passed away last month. Freeman received 28 votes, and Bottorff tallied 16 votes.
Incumbent Danny Hendrix was elected to the Seligman east ward seat by way of 14 write-in votes.
Purdy Mayor Ron Dutra defeated challenger Ron Gray by a single vote. Dutra received 58 votes, and Gray had 57 votes.
Purdy residents also re-elected incumbents Steve Roden, ward one alderman, and Wayne Rupp, ward two alderman. Roden received 40 votes to challenger Sean Priest's 16 votes, and Rupp earned 43 votes to challenger Jose Perez-Salas' 15 votes.
Cassville, Butterfield, Exeter, Washburn and Wheaton voters re-elected all incumbents who filed for re-election.
Cassville Mayor Tracy Holle received 197 votes, and North Ward Alderman Bill Hill collected 133 votes. They will be joined on the council by Jeff Parsons, who received 91 votes, in the unopposed south ward alderman race.
Exeter voters re-elected Mayor Rusty Reed with 58 votes, South Ward Alderman Rhonda Scott with 37 votes and North Ward Alderman Jimmie L. Morse with 21 votes.
Butterfield voters elected Mark Thomas to an east ward alderman seat and re-elected Guadalupe Meza to a west ward alderman seat. Thomas received 14 votes and Meza received nine votes.
Washburn voters elected four council members on Tuesday. Incumbent John Tiedeman, who earned 26 votes, will continue to serve as mayor.
Tiedeman will be joined on the council by Mary Louise Roller, who received eight votes, Patricia Ann Rose, who received 14 votes, and Chloe Weathers, who received 11 votes. Roller and Weathers will serve as east ward aldermen and Rose will serve as a west ward alderman.
Wheaton citizens re-elected all current board members. Donnie Powell, mayor, received 17 votes, David Shockley, east ward alderman, earned seven votes, and Naomi Young, west ward alderman, tallied nine votes.
Barry County voters also overwhelmingly approved the extension of the county road and bridge tax, which provides 51 percent of funding for road maintenance and improvements. The county sales tax received 1,683 "yes" votes and 327 "no" votes.
Overall, only 9.97 percent of Barry County voters turned out for the April 5 election.
All of Tuesday's election results can be found on page 10 of this week's newspaper.