Nine school, city candidates turn in candidacy papers on first filing date
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 9:14 pm
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 15, 2009) — Candidate filings for school boards and city councils were mostly quiet on Tuesday, the first day people could file for positions in the election that will be held in April.
Every area school district has two members up for election to three-year terms, and cities have half of their aldermen up for re-election this year for two-year terms. While recent elections have often had additional seats open due to vacancies or due to candidates who filled unexpired terms, that won’t be the case this year for local races except for Ward II in Waynesville.
• In the Crocker R-II School District, board president Don Mayhew and board member Kris York are both up for re-election. York filed on Tuesday along with challenger Mark Sasfy; Mayhew hasn’t yet turned in his candidacy papers.
• In the Dixon R-I School District, board members Tina Vrba and Donny Miller are both up for re-election. Vrba filed Tuesday along with challenger Tommy Nichols, but Miller hasn’t yet filed.
• In the Waynesville R-VI School District, board members Lori Laughlin and Janice Dye are both up for re-election. Laughlin has filed along with challenger Nathan Purdome, but Dye has not yet filed.
Nobody filed candidacy papers for city races in Dixon, Crocker or Richland, but the county’s two largest cities, St. Robert and Waynesville, both had candidates file.
In addition, the Pulaski County Health Board has three members, Paul Beydler, Phyllis Graves and Alice Roam, up for re-election. None have yet filed.
• In St. Robert, Ward III Alderman Todd Williams and Ward I Alderman Ralph Cook both turned in their candidacy papers; nobody has filed yet to run against either candidate. Ward II Alderman Ed Spotts and Ward IV Alderman Bill Urena are also up for re-election this year, as is Municipal Judge Thomas Julian.
• In Waynesville, Ward III Councilman Ed Conley is the only candidate who has filed. Ward I Councilwoman Twyla Cordry, Ward II Councilmen Perry Roberts and Tim Mann, and Ward IV Councilman Butch O’Riley are all up for re-election this year but none have filed yet.
In other communities where no one has yet filed:
• The Plato R-V School Board has two members, DeWayne Baker and Patti Niebruegge, up for re-election.
• The Richland R-IV School Board has two board members, Board President Tom Murray and Vice-President Rob Black, up for re-election.
• The Swedeborg R-III School Board has two board members, Greg Black and Alexis Roam, up for re-election.
• The Crocker City Council has two aldermen up for re-election: Jeff Curry in Ward I and Charles Stroburg in Ward II.
• The Richland City Council has three aldermen up for re-election: Chris Lane in Ward I, Gary Brown in Ward II, and Nathan Sheridan in Ward III.
• The Dixon City Council has three aldermen up for re-election: Steve Martin in Ward I, Lynn Whitten in Ward II, and William Carter in Ward II. City Clerk Karen Hardwick said she didn’t realize candidate filings began Tuesday and had not planned to accept candidate filings until Wednesday.
• Information wasn’t immediately available on first-day filings for the Laquey R-V School Board.
This article includes multiple corrections, as follows. Waynesville is a third-class rather than fourth-class city, and the city council members are known as councilmen, not aldermen. The correct names of the Waynesville Ward II councilmen are Perry Roberts and Tim Mann; the original version of this article had the first names of the councilmen switched. In St. Robert, Alderman Ed Spotts is up for re-election in Ward II, not Alderman Gene Newkirk, and Alderman Bill Urena is up for re-election in Ward IV, not Alderman Bill Shaw. In addition, Municipal Judge Thomas Julian is up for re-election in St. Robert.