Candidates elected, issues passed in June 2 election

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Monett to see representation on LawCo 911 board

With a nearly 13 percent voter turnout in Barry County, area residents belatedly filled seats on city councils, school boards and assorted political bodies in the election on June 2.

Several races still await results from write-in ballots.

City of Cassville

With only three write-in votes, Cassville’s unopposed election passed uneventfully. Jerry Marple returned to a fourth term from the North Ward with 125 votes. Mike Vining starts his third term after receiving 64 votes.

City of Butterfield

With only a dozen votes cast and one write-in vote, no changes will come to Butterfield, where all the candidates were unopposed. Mayor Tony Cope returned to the seat he has held since 2006 with 11 votes. Donald Privett earned his West Ward for a second term with 5 votes. Rusty Dilbeck had 7 votes to keep the East Ward.

City of Exeter

The single contested race in Exeter resulted in an upset. First-time candidate Gus Robbins mustered 21 votes or 72 percent to oust one-term incumbent Tasha McNabb, who had 8 votes.

In the South Ward, Tyler Henderson sailed without opposition to his first full term with 42 votes. Henderson was appointed after six-term incumbent Jeff Scott resigned.

City of Wheaton

Wheaton required no election with no races. Brandon Shockley has a second term representing the East Ward, and first-time candidate Jerry Wilkins takes over in the West Ward.

City of Washburn

No race developed in Washburn, where all the seats are at-large. In the two unopposed races, Cheryl Floyd, who started on the council in 2015 by appointment, had 30 votes, and Connie Deans, who won by write-in in 2018, had 31 votes.

City of Seligman

Perhaps the most competitive race of the election was in Seligman between brother and sister Robert Lovstad and Brenda Jermain for the West Ward alderman’s seat. Lovstad, an incumbent by appointment, won 9-7. Jermain commented, “I bet one of those votes that got him the win was Mom’s. I guess we know who her favorite is.”

Gerald Harling was unopposed for a fifth term representing the East Ward with 14 votes.

City of Monett

A higher voter turnout was evident in Monett by the numbers cast in the unchallenged races for the Monett City Council. Mayor Mike Brownsberger earned re-election to a second full term with 891 (516 Barry County, 375 Lawrence), compared to 585 in his unopposed bid in 2016.

For commissioner, Jerry Dierker received 777 (446 Barry, 331 Lawrence) to start his seventh term, compared to 541 in 2016. Al Dohmen starts his second term with 664 (394 Barry 270 Lawrence), after receiving 499 votes in 2016.

City of Purdy

There may be no change on the Purdy City Council when aldermen meet on Monday. With the resignation of Mayor Bo Prock after filings closed, there was no vote for mayor on Tuesday. Incumbents were all re-elected without opposition. Clerk Debbie Redshaw said there is no rush to fill the job of mayor, who does not vote, leaving questions about a quorum unchanged otherwise.

West Ward Alderman Bryan Bowers, elected to a third term unopposed with 16 votes, can continue to function as mayor pro tem and vote, Redshaw said. Voters also returned former mayor Bob Moser for a second consecutive term representing the East Ward with 16 votes. Dan Musgrove, serving by appointment, was elected to his first full term with 13 votes.

Redshaw anticipated Bowers will resign his seat and be appointed mayor once someone the other aldermen consider qualified and interested emerges for Bowers’ current seat.

Village of Chain O Lakes

The Chain O Lakes village had no real competition in the three-person race for two board seats. Incumbents Joel Pavelski and Cheryl Statts each received 30 votes, far outpacing past candidate Roger Thomas with 7.

Exeter school board

After the top two candidates for the Exeter school board, a wide gap developed between the rest of the field. First-time candidate Stacy Hall led the field with 119, ahead of one-term incumbents Gary Stringer with 118. Kelly Lee secured a second term by finishing third with 99.

Joseph Still finished out of the running two years in a row with 60 votes.

Southwest school board

The same pattern played out at the Southwest district. Doug Henry won a second term with 199 votes (181 Barry, 18 McDonald County), as did one-term incumbent Terry Meek with 191 (180 Barry, 11 McDonald). Ruth “Doke” Henderson finished third but won a third term with 175 (165 Barry, 10 McDonald).

Out of the running was Diana Roller with 94 (89 Barry, 6 McDonald), her third unsuccessful bid in four years.


Road districts seeking to renew the additions onto their property taxes in Barry County all received public support, though one was close. Measures passed with at least two-to-one support in the Ash, Butterfield, Corsicana, Flat Creek, Kings Prairie, Mineral, Ozark, Pioneer, Pleasant Ridge, Purdy and Wheaton road districts. In the Greasy Creek district, all the votes were in favor, but the measure only passed 4-0.

Seven Barry County voters cast ballots in the Galena school district’s $1.25 million general obligation bond issue. The no-tax-increase proposal for general upgrades had wide support, passing with 79 percent support: 231 in favor (226 Stone, 5 Barry), 62 opposed (60 Stone, 2 Barry).

Three road districts in Barry County had races.

In the Capps Creek district, first-time candidate Steven Chapman upended longtime commissioner Rick Vanderpool 62-28.

In the Flat Creek Special Road District, in a race between three first-time candidates, John Sullivan handily won with 297 to 125 for George Roden and 67 for Terry Heinz.

In the Mineral Special Road District, a close race put incumbent Jenise Isley ahead with 33 votes over 29 for Danny Holloway and 10 for Quentin Bradley.

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