City council seat contested
Cassville Mayor, alderwoman Anthony refile, unopposed for now
At least one of the two city council seats in Cassville is being contested, as incumbent Ann Hennigan, who plans to file, and challenger Jon Horner, who has filed, will square off for the north ward alderman position, to be decided in the April 7 municipal election.
Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley and South Ward Alderwoman Jan Anthony have each refiled for their respective positions, and no challengers have filed against them yet.
Hennigan, who was appointed to a one-year term before winning a full 3-year term, said although she has not officially refiled, she plans to run again for the north ward position.
"There are some things I'd still like to see through, and some things I'd like to be a part of starting," she said. "The last couple years have been kind of stressful, but we're seeing the sales tax move up a little bit higher, and we're getting a handle on the water and sewer issues. We also need to get moving on our infrastructure with the transportation tax, and I'd like to be a part of that."
Horner, who is seeking his first municipal position and filed on Dec. 16, said things like the transportation tax are what pushed him to toss his hat in the ring.
"I talked to the mayor and feel with the passage of the transportation tax, we have a great opportunity for the city to put together a really good plan for our infrastructure, which we seriously need," he said. "The problem in the past is we have not had a lot of money, and the passage of this tax gives the city the means to do some good things that should help us grow from the business and population standpoints."
Hennigan said there has not been a lot to show for the city because of a lack of funding, and the transportation tax offers an opportunity to move forward.
"We have an opportunity to show the public how we use their money well," she said. "We will also pay off the bond on the Aquatic Center, so that will fee up some money for storm water and parks, and I want to do some things with the parks department.
"I also want to be a driving force for getting more business into town, and forming strategies with other organizations in town to do that."
Horner said he wants to sit on the council to help develop a good plan for the future of the city.
"I'd like for the city to grow economically," he said. "We need to grow the sales tax base, improve the streets and keep the water and sewer systems where they need to be. We have a great community, so I'm proud of Cassville and I want to be part of the plan to continue keeping us going."
Hennigan said she's excited for the race to retain her seat.
"I'm excited, and I think I've been doing a good job," she said. "I want to move the city forward, and even though Jon is a good candidate, I hope people can see I have the city's best interest in my heart and mind."
Shiveley, who was appointed to a one-year term as mayor before being elected to a two-year term, said he refiled for the mayorship because he has a number of projects he'd like to see through completely.
"We've got some things going with the water and sewer, and people passed this transportation tax," he said. "Since I was involved in the start of all that, I want to follow through and make sure we stay on the right track."
Anthony, who is coming to the end of her first term, said she refiled for the south ward position because she enjoys staying involved.
"I really like being on the city council and being involved in what's going on and making decisions to make Cassville a better place to live," she said. "I have no personal goals if I am reelected because the council is a team effort. Whatever needs to be done, we work on it, and we work on it as a team."
Anthony said she also hopes to be reelected because of her experience.
"It takes more than one, two-year term," she said. "It takes a lot of time, effort and interest to follow through with the commitment, and you need more than one term because things are constantly changing.
Hennigan is a 9-year resident of Cassville. She is married and has a daughter, Grace, who graduated from Cassville High School, and another daughter, Mary, who is a sophomore at Cassville High School.
Horner, who is a 4-year member of the Cassville School Board and has served on the 911 Board for 6-1/2 years, though not consecutively, is a 45-year resident of Cassville. He is married to Darla Horner, a preschool teacher at Exeter Schools, and he has two children: Chase, a freshman at Crowder in Cassville, and Madison, a junior at Cassville High School.
Anthony, who was born and raised in Cassville to parents, Rubye and Russell Moore, lived in Colorado, Wisconsin, California and Arizona before returning to Cassville 20 years ago. She has one daughter, Jordanna Miller, wife of DJ Miller, who is a counselor at Cassville High School. Anthony also has two granddaughters, McKinley and Aubrey.
The filing period for municipal elections ends on Jan. 20, 2015. The election will be held on April 7, 2015.