Municipal races offer some surprises
Tight margins determine winners in Wheaton, Seligman
Close races dotted the landscape as results came in from the annual municipal and school board elections on Tuesday.
Barry County Clerk Jill LeCompte reported turnout was just under 13 percent county-wide.
City of Purdy
Voting was exceptionally light in Purdy. Unopposed mayoral candidate Bo Prock won a second term with 16 votes. West Ward Aldermen Austin Hammen received 5 votes in his unopposed bid for a second term.
The only contest was in the East Ward, where one-term incumbent Scott Redshaw won re-election with 13 votes. His opponent, Kenneth Whittington, received zero.
In the one-year vacancy in the East Ward, where no one filed, past mayor Robert Mosier, who announced he was willing to serve, received 7 write-in votes. Danny Russel and Ted Abramovitz each received a single vote.
City of Wheaton
The hotly contested race for the East Ward in Wheaton flipped this year. Two-term incumbent Gary Bates, who won by one vote two years ago against Steve Holmes, this time lost to first-time candidate Casey Prewitt, 29-27.
Appointed alderman Kevin Schlessman won his first full term with 12 votes, running unopposed. Mayor David Shockley won a third term unopposed with 58 votes.
City of Exeter
The four-way race for mayor in Exeter ended with a clear winner in a field of first-time candidates. Lance Eaton, with 79 votes, had 51 percent to win. The rest of the field ran a distant but tight race, with Michael Vasey receiving 29, former police chief Kenen Martinez with 27 and Troy Berry with 20.
In the South Ward, Rhonda Scott, mayor pro tem, received 62 votes to easily outpace first-time candidate Sean McNeill, who had 25. Cotton "C.J." Reed received 60 votes in his first bid for office, taking the North Ward seat unopposed.
City of Washburn
The three-person race for two at-large alderman's seat in Washburn went to first-time candidate Greg Varner with 41 or nearly 45 percent of the total. Two-term incumbent Jeremy Johnston received 33 votes to secure the second seat over two-term incumbent Mary Roller with 18.
Washburn Mayor John Tiedeman had 40 votes in his unopposed bid for a fifth term.
City of Seligman
The open East Ward seat on the Seligman City Council turned into a cliff hanger. Former interim mayor Carol Frost , with 14 votes, barely prevailed over another former interim mayor and past alderman Ron Corn, who had 12 votes.
Michael Avers won a third term as mayor unopposed with 40 votes. Robert Hughes won the West Ward seat unopposed with 17 votes.
Village of Chain-O-Lakes
A block of votes swept three incumbents back into office at Chain-O-Lakes. Mike Strother had 30 votes and Brenda Pierce and Barbara Wolfe each had 27. Past candidate Roger Thomas finished far behind with 10.
Village of Emerald Beach
One face changed on the village board in Emerald Beach. First-time candidate Matthew McBryde led the field with 73 votes, followed by incumbent Kirk Arnold with 73. Incumbent board chairman returned to office with 57. First-time candidate Nancy Wroblewski finished out of the running with 32.