Bowen edges Hermansen for school board

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Cassville residents arrive to vote at the Family Life Center during Tuesday's election. Cassville city council, Cassville school board and the South Barry County Ambulance District tax were all items on the ballot. Jason Johnston/

8 votes separate challenger, incumbent

Both incumbents on the Cassville School Board retained their positions Tuesday, even though only eight votes separated the No. 2 and No. 3 vote-getters.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election showed 2,361 total votes. John Sullivan led at the polls, garnering 29.14 percent (688 votes) and Carolyn Bowen came in second with 27.4 percent (647 votes).

Wade Hermansen came in third with 27.06 percent (639 votes), and Dale Phelps came in fourth with 15.84 percent (374 votes). There were also 13 write-in candidates or 0.55 percent.

Sullivan, who has been on the school board for nearly 24 of the previous 27 years, said he will work hard the next three years.

"It's a good chance that this will be my last run," Sullivan said.

His goals are to help the staff, to get the professional development workshops and to get the test scores where they should be, he said.

"If there is anything that the board or I can do to help better [the staff], well I'm sure going to try and do it," Sullivan said.

Bowen thanked everyone who voted, made phone calls and contacted people on her behalf.

"I greatly appreciate the confidence you placed in me," she said. "The conversation that people have had, because of this election, proves that you want our school to remain a top priority in this community.

"It has been my privilege to serve on the board for the last six years. I will continue to support our students, teachers, staff, administrators and board in any way I can to keep our school moving forward.

Phelps said he put his name in the hat to give everybody else an option.

"It sounds like the people voted who they wanted to vote for," he said. "I'm a mild person. I'm not going to let anything like this bother me."

The board knows what they are doing because that is what they were elected to do, Phelps said.

"My business as a parent is to make sure my kids have everything they need," he said.

Hermansen did not respond to multiple calls for comment.

The school board terms are three years in length. The board consists of seven members who live within the district. Other members include: Greg Allen, David Haddock, Hal Smith, Becky Henningson and Jon Horner.

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