Local election filings complete

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cassville school board, city of Seligman see contested races

Election filings in Barry County have closed, and only a couple of governmental bodies will see contested races.

The Cassville school board has four new faces seeking two seats, as incumbents Hal Smith and Greg Allen did not refile. Chad Yarnall, Jeremy Marple, Doyne Damon Brown and Gamon Sparkman filed for seats on the board, with the two top vote-getters slated to win positions.

In Seligman, a race for mayor is shaping up, as Paul Johnson, Garry Thornton, Everlyn Chisholm and Eric Freeman have all filed for the city's top job. Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Hughes did not file. All candidates are seeking the position for the first time. On the city council, west ward incumbent Michael Avers will run unopposed, and incumbent Gerald Harling has filed in the east ward, also running unopposed.

In the city of Cassville, Jerry Marple, who was appointed to a north ward seat two years ago, has refiled with no challenger. Incumbent Terry Heinz did not refile in the south ward, handing his seat to first-time candidate Mike Vining.

The city of Cassville will also have a question on the ballot for voters to approve the collection of tax on vehicles bought outside the state.

In Washburn, Cheryl Floyd has filed, and anther open seat remains.

In Wheaton, Stacy Beck has filed for the two-year term in the west ward. Stephen Wilkerson has filed for the one-year term in the west ward, finishing a term left by Naomi Young, who resigned for health reasons. In the east ward, Ryan Henderson filed for a two-year term.

In the Exeter school district, incumbents Brad Porter and Eric O'Neill have refiled.

In the Southwest school district, incumbents Bobby Stephens and Brian Robbins have refiled.

In the Wheaton school district, incumbent Dan Goostree and newcomer Chris Park have filed.

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