Shiveley re-elected Cassville mayor

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Incumbent tops challenger by 75-25 margin

The city of Cassville will see no changes to its leadership, as incumbent Mayor Bill Shiveley won reelection to his third full term Tuesday in the Municipal Election.

Shiveley garnered 75 percent of the vote, 235 total votes, and 28-year-old challenger Colby Lowe earned 25 percent, or 78 total votes.

Shiveley, 69, said he feels good about the results of the election.

"I'm looking forward to another two years and working on the flooding and street projects," he said. "And, with the bond issue passing, we can start on the [inflow and infiltration] project."

Lowe said he was fine with the final vote tally.

"It's ok with me," he said. "I didn't advertise myself much. Congratulations to Mr. Shiveley, and I hope he gets his priorities together when it comes to the streets and the flooding. Good luck to him."

Shiveley said the main orders of business going forward are the streets, flooding and sewer projects, but he's also looking to shore up the city's capital improvement plans.

"I'd like for us to try to get together and form a long range plan, like a 4- to 5-year work plan," he said. "I just don't want the city to get caught up in the same situation playing catch up with everything all at once. I'd like us to be proactive and get things done."

Lowe said in two years, he intends to run again.

"Mayor is my target still," he said. "But, maybe I'll use a different strategy."

Shiveley said he hopes to see Lowe stay involved with local politics.

"I want to thank Mr. Lowe for his interest in the position and in city government," he said. "I hope he does not back out and continues to be involved."

Shiveley was first appointed as mayor in 2012, going on to win elections for the post in 2013 and 2015.

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