Alderman Terry Heinz re-elected

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cassville Alderman Terry Heinz will remain on the city council for another two years. Heinz received more than double the number of votes garnered by challenger Donna Hayes in Tuesday's election.

South Ward residents cast 111 votes in favor of Heinz. Hayes received 52 votes.

Although the North Ward election was not contested, 90 voters turned out in support of Alderman Darrell Ledenham, who will also continue to serve on the city council.

Other municipal races

Purdy Ward I residents elected Sean Priest to an open seat on the Purdy City Council. Priest received 30 votes, and Ron Gray received eight votes.

Ward II residents cast 17 votes in favor of incumbent Ken Real, who will remain on the council.

School board races

Mitch Sorensen will join re-elected incumbent Sammy Hudson Schmidt on the Exeter School Board. Sorensen received the most votes with 90. He was followed by Schmidt, who received 82.

The ballot featured three other candidates. Jeff Hobbs received 40 votes, and Joseph Still earned 34 votes. William Roberts tallied two votes.

Shell Knob School District patrons re-elected incumbents Lisa Fielder and Bob Stewart to the school board. Fielder received the most votes with 124. She was followed by Stewart, who received 115 votes. Challenger Katherine Marcum received 59 votes.

Proposition Safety

Although the Southwest School District's $1.5 million bond issue was approved by more than 50 percent of the voters, the issue required a four-seventh majority or 58 percent of the vote in order to be approved. When all votes were tallied, the issue earned only 53.73 percent approval.

Proposition Safety received 196 "yes" votes, which equated to 53.26 percent of the vote. There were 172 voters who opposed the issue.

Southwest patrons who live in McDonald County gave Proposition Safety 61.9 percent of their votes. The issue received 13 "yes" votes and eight "no" votes in the neighboring county.

Proposition Safety would have funded the construction of a new music room at the high school and new elementary and middle school offices.

Only 10.2 percent of Barry County voters turned out for the April 3 election. All of Tuesday's election results can be found on page 10.

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