Write-in votes tallied for open positions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2 city races require willing candidates, possible coin flip

Several potential winners have emerged from counting write-in ballots in Barry County from the April 8 election.

Clerk Gary Youngblood said the willingness of candidates to serve may ultimately determine who claims several seats where no candidates filed.

* In Cassville, Jerry Marple was elected by write-in to the North Ward alderman position, vacated by Darrell Ledenham, with 43 votes. Of the 15 other candidates, Russ Pendergraft garnered three votes, three candidates received two votes and 11 candidates received one vote.

* In Seligman, three candidates each received two votes for the West Ward alderman's seat. Shirley Beaver, Irene Overman and Doris Eggleston will have to decide who will win between themselves. Youngblood said the city could face further expenses if the candidates insist on a run-off election.

* In Washburn, Kristy Brinkman and Larry David Brooks each received one vote for the East Ward alderman's seat.

* In the Pierce City School Board race, Larry Zebert ran as a write-in candidate and received 15 votes in Barry County, out of contention for one of the three open seats.

* In Ambulance District No. 3, which serves Washburn, Ash precinct and part of Seligman, 15 write-in votes were cast for the single open seat. The top two candidates were David Dalton with five votes and Danny Dalton with four.

* In Ambulance District No. 6, which serves part of Seligman plus Roaring River and the Eagle Rock/Golden area, there were 25 write-in votes for the single vacancy. Top vote-getters were Rod Gilreath with four and Marvin Doke with three.

* In the Pioneer Special Road District, John Mills received four votes. Youngblood does not know Mills or whether the candidate would take the post.

* One vacancy that will have a winner surfaced in the McDonald Special Road District. Incumbent Robert Callahan missed the filing date and managed to muster six votes by write-in to retain his seat.

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