Getting to know the candidates
City of Cassville
Terry A. Heinz, candidate for
Cassville south ward alderman
* Background and brief biography: I was born in central Illinois where I also received my education and worked until retirement. I served in the United States Army Reserves from 1964 to 1970. I was a territory representative for Standard/Amoco Oil Company from 1964 to 1971. From 1972 through 1997, I owned and operated Terry's Service Inc., which consisted of two Amoco convenience stores with car washes and gasoline service. My wife, Bobbi, and I retired to Eagle Rock in 1998. While living in Eagle Rock, I helped establish and serve as president of the Eagle Point Property Owners Association. In October of 2004, we purchased our home in Cassville. For the past four years, I have served as a Cassville alderman.
* Why are you running for city office? I am running for re-election because I wish to make Cassville a better place to live, work and play.
* Do you feel any changes or improvements need to be made in your city? If so, what are they and how do you plan to address them? I am running for re-election because I believe in Cassville. It's a wonderful small town and needs to be maintained as such.
We need to continue with our sewer and water line upgrades and to provide these services to every Cassville business and home owner. A program should be established to resurface one city street each year.
Sidewalks are in disrepair or just don't exist in some areas. Some aspects of our parks need to be updated or replaced, such as the basketball and tennis courts, bleachers and a bathroom.
One of the main issues that needs to be addressed is the storm water run-off that affects so much of Cassville.
Correcting these issues will not happen overnight. Obtaining funding for these projects is not an easy matter in the lackluster economic time we are living in, but we must keep trying.
I believe wholeheartedly in Cassville's future. It will never be a Springfield or a Joplin or a Monett. If I wanted to live in one of those towns, I would move there. I believe we need to continue to improve on what we have and growth will happen naturally.
Donna Hayes, candidate for
Cassville south ward alderman
* Background and brief biography: I am a 23-year resident of Cassville. I currently own and operate Security Abstract & Title. I have served on the boards of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, senior citizen housing, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary and Soroptimist and retained membership in all. I am a member of the First Baptist Church. I have served as president of Rotary and Soroptimist as well as the Missouri Land Title Association, being named 1997's Title Person of the Year.
* Why are you running for city office? The current council has had a challenging past year or so, and I believe new fresh ideas and attitudes are needed.
* Do you feel any changes or improvements need to be made in your city? If so, what are they and how do you plan to address them? Things constantly change. We just need to be ready for them. The spirit of Cassville must be preserved but we need to make our home town a place people want to visit, a place were young graduates want to settle down, a place people want to move to and want to raise their families in and then want to retire here. We need to work hard to not become the "ghost town" so many small cities have become.
City of Purdy
Ron Gray and Sean Priest, candidates for ward one alderman, did not return questionnaires.
Exeter School District
Sammy Hudson Schmidt,
candidate for Exeter R-6 School Board
* Background and brief biography: Retired teacher, who served at Exeter. Mother of four children. Three of my children graduated from Exeter. I was principal at Exeter Elementary School 15 of those 18 years.
* Why are you running for school board? I like being part of the school. I like people, children and parents. I think Exeter is a wonderful community in which to live and raise your children.
Mitch Sorensen, candidate for
Exeter R-6 School Board
* Background and brief biography: I have a wonderful wife and three beautiful daughters. I have been employed with Jack Henry and Associates for the past six years. I am a volunteer Exeter firefighter, president of the Exeter Booster Club and in my spare time I coach an Exeter girls seventh grade basketball team.
* Why are you running for school board? I believe in community service and social responsibility and as an Exeter R-6 alumni, I feel a special and personal responsibility to current students and future students.
* Do you feel any changes need to be made in your school district? If so, what are they and how do you plan to address them? I have pride in academic proficiency and will work to strengthen our traditional standards of academic excellence. I have a feeling of joy and pleasure in both work and play and a love of growing and learning together. In these times of inflation and budget restrictions, I pledge my support to meet the educational needs of our young people. I would greatly appreciate your vote.
Jeff Hobbs, William Roberts and Joseph Still, candidates for Exeter R-6 School Board,
did not return questionnaires.
Shell Knob School District
Lisa Fielder, candidate for
Shell Knob School Board
* Background and brief biography: I grew up in Cassville. I received a bachelor of science degree in early childhood at SMSU. I have worked for OACAC as a lead teacher/director for Head Start in Springfield starting the fall of 1980. In 1998, I moved to Shell Knob and worked at the Cassville Head Start for two years. Then OACAC partnered with the Kornerstone literacy program, and I helped open the Shell Knob Head Start center. My husband, Dave, and my two stepchildren, Amber and Travis, all three attended Shell Knob School.
* Why are you running for school board? Shell Knob is a community that volunteers. I feel that being on the Shell Knob School Board is one of the best ways I can serve the community. Many of the children in my center go on to Shell Knob School, and I love having a hand in their education.
Bob Stewart and Katherine Marcum,
candidates for Shell Knob School Board, did not return questionnaires.