Incumbents roll in Exeter, new face comes to Southwest

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Stone County districts oust incumbents

Few school board seats faced contested races in the Barry County area on Tuesday.

Exeter school district

Experience provided an edge to the winners in the three-person field for two seats on the Exeter school board. Five-term incumbent Eric O'Neill led the field with 124 votes, followed by board appointed incumbent Bryce Stephens with 110.

Out of the running was past candidate Joseph Still with 105.

Southwest school district

In the Southwest school board election, incumbency was no certain path to re-election. First-time candidate Bobby Brooks led the field with 366 votes (341 Barry, 25 McDonald). Two-term incumbent Bobby Robbins took the second seat with 316 votes (298 Barry, 18 McDonald).

Out of the running was past candidate Diana Roller with 166 (156 Barry, 10 McDonald).

Galena school district

Only five Barry County votes were cast in the three-way race for two seats on the Galena school board. They were not enough to sway a race that was not tight.

Long-time incumbent Jeremiah Doak led the field with 102 votes (2 Barry County), and past incumbent Joseph Miller, who last ran in 2017, took the second spot with 89 (1 Barry County). Out of the running was incumbent Virgil Riley Martin with 79 (2 Barry).

Reeds Spring school district

Four Barry County votes were cast in the four-way race for two seats on the Reeds Spring school district. Half went to successful first-time candidate Perry Phillips, who had 541 votes (2 Barry). Kim Steed, who ran last year, led the field with 679 votes.

Out of the running was four-term incumbent Al Morton with 410 votes, and Michael Turner with 217 (2 Barry).

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