2 school districts, 2 cities see contested races

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Siblings square off for Seligman council seat

Few contested races have developed for the April 7 Municipal Election, with the Southwest and Exeter school districts and cities of Seligman and Exeter seeing challengers.

For the Cassville school board, there are no challengers. Incumbents Becky Henningson, board president, and Jon Horner have refiled. Incumbent David Haddock’s seat is up and he is not planning to refile. Chad Johnson is currently the only person who has filed for the third seat.

At the Southwest school district, incumbents Doug Henry, Terry Meek and incumbent Ruth Henderson refiled. Dianna Roller also filed as a challenger, creating a four-way race for the three open seats.

The Exeter school district will see a contested race, as incumbents Gary Stringer, Stacy Hall and Kelly Lee have refiled. Joseph Still also filed for one of the spots, creating another four-way race for three seats.

Changes are coming to the Purdy school board, as well. One-term incumbent Travis Brown is joined by first-time candidates Levi Roden and David Young, filling all three slots without the need for a vote.

Likewise, there will be a change and no vote in the Wheaton school district. Four-term incumbent Lewis Royer and one-term incumbent Anthony Ball are joined by first-time candidate Josh Kinnaman, filling all the slots.

In the city of Cassville, incumbents Jerry Marple, north ward, and Mike Vining, south ward, have refiled with no challengers.

In Exeter, incumbent Tasha McNabb is being challenged by Gus Robbins in the north ward. Tyler Henderson has refiled in the south ward seat.

Seligman will have an interesting city council race, as siblings Robert Lovestad, who was appointed to a one-year term when Michael Avers became mayor, and Brenda Jermain have both filed for the two-year seat term in the west ward. East ward incumbent Gerald Harling has refiled.

In Washburn, incumbents Cheryl Floyd and Connie Deans have both refiled for the two open at-large seats, so no election will be held.

With the resignation of Mayor Bo Prock before his term expired, there will be changes to the Purdy City Council, but not due to a public vote. Two-term incumbent Brian Bowers in the West Ward and one-term incumbent and former mayor Bob Moser from the East Ward were alone in filing for re-election. Dan Musgrove, appointed to fill a vacancy, filed to run for the one-year seat from the West Ward.

No races developed in Wheaton, but there will be one new face on the Wheaton City Council. First-time candidate Jerry Wilkins was the only person to file for the West Ward seat. One-term incumbent Brandon Shockley was the only person to file for the East Ward post.

There will be no election for the South Barry County Ambulance District. Rod Gilreath, who currently holds the District 6 seat, and David Dalton, who holds the District 3 seat, have both refiled.

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