Cassville city council positions contested

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mayor Shiveley to run unopposed in April election

Both open city council positions in the city of Cassville will see races for the April 7 municipal election, as incumbents Ann Hennigan and Jan Anthony are both being challenged.

In the south ward, Anthony is being challenged by Cindy Carr, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce board member and realtor with Four Season Realty.

Hennigan, north ward alderman, is being challenged by Jon Horner, president of Security Bank in Cassville and Cassville School Board member.

Bill Shiveley, mayor of Cassville, filed for reelection and will run unopposed.

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.

Carr said she filed for the south ward position because she wants to give back to a community that has given her so much.

"I've lived here for 50 years and my kids are getting ready to go off to college, and I want to give back to a community that has treated me so well," she said. "We've got to get more jobs in the area and figure out how to create retail growth and development. There's nothing for people to come here for."

Carr said if elected, she aims to learn as much as she can as quickly as possible, but jobs will be her main focus. Carr was born in Monett and has live in Barry County all but 1-1/2 years of her life.

She has three children, Aaron Carr, 25, University of Arkansas student Abby Carr, 22, and Cassville High School senior Caroline Carr, 17.

"I'd just like to see them be able to come back to Cassville and raise a family like I have," she said. "I want them to have that same opportunity."

Hennigan said she's excited for the race to retain her position on the city council.

"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, 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."

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, and he is a bit surprised no one filed against him.

"I figured someone else might file for mayor, and I guess it means either they don't care or we are making progress," he said. "We have to get a system worked out for how we're going to spend the transportation tax money, and in a way that we don't do it foolishly."

Shiveley also said the end of the 15-year note on the aquatic park will also free up some money he hopes to put toward storm water management.

"We're looking to some area where we need to better-control the storm water," he said. "There are about three or four areas in town that need improvement, and those will cost about $200,000 to $300,000 each, and could take many years to complete."

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 Elementary School, 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, who is a counselor at Cassville High School. She is the wife of DJ Miller. Anthony also has two granddaughters, McKinley and Aubrey.

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