Marple, Yarnall win school board race

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Wade Hermansen, right middle, picks up a ballot from Election Official Jim Craig Tuesday at the Family Life Center in Cassville, where voting was held for the municipal elections. Having already voted, Phil Hutchens, right, talks about the day's events with Election Official Rick Linebarger, left. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

New members to join Cassville board on April 14

Jeremy Marple and Chad Yarnall will join the Cassville School Board on April 14, as the two finished in first and second place out of four candidates for the at-large board seats.

Marple won the race with 769 votes (35 percent), while Yarnall came in second with 695 votes (32 percent). Gamon Sparkman finished in third with 535 votes (24 percent), and Doyne Damon Brown rounded off the field with 175 votes (8 percent). There were 16 write-in votes (1 percent).

Marple said he's thankful to the voters for electing him and will do his best to make them proud.

"It's very humbling, but I'm excited at the same time," he said. "I'm excited to get in and get to work with the other members, getting a feel for the process and asking questions when they need to be asked."

Sparkman said he was fine with the third-place finish, and there were four good candidates in the race.

"I'm happy for Jeremy and Chad, and I think they will do a fine job," he said. "I look forward to seeing what they do and we'll just go from there."

Marple and Yarnall will replace outgoing board members Hal Smith and Greg Allen, neither of whom sought re-election.

Sparkman said he was not sure if he will file again at for the next school board opening.

"It's still too early to tell," he said. "It would depend on if anyone is coming off the board. I'm pleased with the existing members and probably would not have ran this time if Hal and Greg had not given up their seats."

Brown said he was also not disappointed in the outcome, especially with the crop of candidates running.

"We had four good options, so there's nothing to be disappointed about," he said. "That's what we want in the end. It's possible I'll run again, because my feelings about making sure the kids and teachers get all they need will not change. "

Yarnall did not return a message left for comment.

Marple and Yarnall will begin duties on the board at the district's reorganizational board meeting on April 14 at 6 p.m.

Marple, who moved to Cassville in 1980, is the son of a former Cassville High School principal, and his mother started the Parents as Teachers program. He also has two daughters who attend school at the district.

Yarnall has four children in the Cassville school system, from kindergarten up to 11th grade.

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