Challengers take Cassville City Council seats

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Pat Horner of Cassville feeds his ballot into the tallying machine Tuesday after voting in the municipal elections at the Family Life Center in Cassville. Accompanying Horner and voting herself was Mary Ann Horner. Kyle Troutman/

Horner, Carr win over Hennigan, Anthony

Half of the Cassville City Council will be replaced next month, as both challengers have beaten both incumbents in the Tuesday municipal election.

In the north ward, challenger Jon Horner earned 63 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Ann Hennigan (166 votes to 96). In the south ward, challenger Cindy Carr garnered 68 percent of the vote to oust incumbent Jan Anthony (125 votes to 59).

Horner said he is excited to get started on the council, and he appreciates the voters for giving him the opportunity to serve.

"I am appreciative of the confidence shown in me by the voters, and I look forward to doing great things for the town," he said. "I hope to help improve our streets and infrastructure to allow the town to grow. I want to help improve the quality of life continue the strong legacy of Cassville."

Carr said she is ready to take her place on the council and soak in as much as she can as soon as possible.

"I hope to learn a lot, and I'm proud to be given the opportunity to serve Cassville," she said. "I appreciate everyone voting for me and I hope I can help the city become better."

Hennigan said she is thankful to the 96 voters who trusted in the work she was doing on the council, and she hopes the work continues with the new aldermen.

"I'd like to see the council continue handling the finances with forethought and continue to be conservative with the citizens' money," she said. "I hope they pay attention to the plan to do the streets while considering the infrastructure below the streets.

"I also hope they focus on job creation and the economy. Jon [Horner] is a finance guy, so I think he'll keep an eye on the finances."

Horner, who is a four-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.

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

Anthony could not be reached for comment on this report.

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