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Last-day filers swell ranks of school board, city council candidates
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 21, 2010) — A rush of last-day filings on Tuesday led to a considerable expansion in the number of candidates running for school board and city council positions in the April 6 election.

The last-day rush to file was especially noticeable in Richland, where none of the three incumbent aldermen decided to file for re-election and until Jan. 15, nobody had turned in any candidacy papers at all. On the last day of filing, candidates Jason Lobland and Paul Geddes Jr. filed on the last day to run against Ronny Leonard, who filed on Jan. 15 for the seat being vacated by Ward III Alderman Nathan Sheridan. Also on the last day, Leroy Stenson filed for the Ward I seat now held by Alderman Chris Lane and Cory Rowden filed for the Ward II seat now held by Alderman Gary Brown, neither of whom are running for re-election.

In the Waynesville R-VI School District, challenger Dorsey Newcomb of Waynesville turned in papers on Tuesday to run against long-time incumbent Lori Laughlin and challenger Nathan Purdome, both of whom turned in papers on Dec. 15, the first day for filing, and Marcus Davis of St. Robert, who turned in his papers on Jan. 11. The four candidates will vie for two seats currently held by Laughlin and by incumbent Janet Dye, who isn’t running for re-election.

In Crocker, Ward I Alderman Jeff Curry turned in his city council candidacy papers on the last day and Ward II Alderman Charles Stroburg, who filed on Jan. 7, learned that he’ll face a challenge from last-day filer Denise York. For the school board, challenger Kelly Newcomb filed on the last day, joining incumbents Kris York and Don Mayhew and challenger Mark D. Sasfy who filed earlier.

The Waynesville City Council received one last-day candidate filing from incumbent Ward II Councilman Tim Mann. His filing means all five people up for re-election are seeking to retain their seats, but nobody has filed against any of them so they’ll be re-elected unless somebody runs a write-in campaign. Nobody turned in candidacy papers Tuesday for the Dixon City Council and all three incumbents had earlier filed for re-election.

That means the only contested city council races are in Richland’s third ward, Crocker’s second ward, and St. Robert’s first ward where incumbent Ward I Alderman Ralph Cook faces a challenge from Charles Slider, both of whom filed papers earlier. Incumbent St. Robert Municipal Judge Thomas Julian also faces two challengers, Gerald Marker and Kenneth Hawley, both of whom ran against Julian the last time he filed for office; all three turned in papers earlier.

Swedeborg school officials thought they’d be able to avoid the expense of holding an election until Tuesday when Libby Poulson turned in her candidacy papers. She’ll be running against two incumbents, longtime board member Greg Black and newcomer Judy Moss, who was appointed Monday night to fill a vacancy on the board created by the resignation of Alexis Roam. Both Black and Moss had turned in their candidacy papers at Monday night’s meeting. The Swedeborg R-III School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Friday to certify the candidate list.

In Plato, last-day filer Mickey Bowers joined three other people, incumbent DeWayne Baker, former school board member Pete Scurlock and challenger Brandi Niebruegge-Couch who turned in papers earlier.

City clerks and school board secretaries said no new people filed papers on Tuesday to run for the Crocker R-II School Board, Dixon R-I School Board, Laquey R-V School Board, Richland R-IV School Board, Dixon City Council, or St. Robert City Council.

Several elected bodies won’t have to hold an election for board members this spring; a special state law allows school boards, fire districts, ambulance districts and water districts to avoid the expense of an election if the same number of candidates file as are to be elected.

While all six school districts will have to hold an election, the Pulaski County Ambulance District and Dixon Ambulance District won’t hold an election because in each district, both of the two incumbents filed for re-election and no challengers turned in their papers by the Tuesday deadline. None of the fire chiefs from the county’s fire districts said they’ll be having an election this year, either.
Most school board races are for three-year terms and most city council races are for two-year terms. The exceptions are in Waynesville, where Councilman Perry Miller was appointed to fill the balance of a two-year term in Ward II and is seeking election to the second year of his term, and in Laquey, where an open one-year school board position is available because Wendy Wood resigned from the board. Both communities also have regular two-year city council and three-year school board seats available.
The Pulaski County Health Board has three seats available this year. Incumbents Paul Beydler and Alice Roam have not yet filed for re-election, but Dixon resident Phyllis Graves has filed for re-election and two challengers, Larry W. Albertson of Dixon and Marie N. Arnold of Richland have both filed as well. All turned in their papers earlier.
A complete list of incumbents and declared candidates for school and city elections follows. Unless otherwise specified, school board races are for three-year terms and city council races are for two-year terms.

City Councils
(All two-year seats unless otherwise specified)

St. Robert City Council
Ward I:
Alderman Ralph Cook (incumbent, filed 12/15)
Charles Slider (challenger, filed 12/21)
Ward II: Alderman Ed Spotts (filed 12/22)
Ward III: Alderman Todd Williams (filed 12/15)
Ward IV: Alderman Bill Urena (filed 1/5)
Municipal Judge:
Thomas Julian (incumbent) filed 12/16
Gerald Marker (challenger) filed 12/17
Kenneth Hawley (challenger) filed 1/13

Waynesville City Council
Ward I: Councilwoman Twyla Cordry (filed 1/13)
Ward II (full term): Councilman Tim Mann (filed 1/15)
Ward II (one year): Councilman Perry Roberts (filed 1/19)
Ward III: Councilman Ed Conley (filed 12/15)
Ward IV: Councilman Butch O’Riley (filed 12/29)

Crocker City Council
Ward I: Alderman Jeff Curry (filed 1/19)
Ward II:
Alderman Charles Stroburg (filed 1/9)
Denise York (challenger, filed 1/19)

Richland City Council
Ward I: Alderman Chris Lane (did not file)
Leroy Stenson (challenger, filed 1/19)
Ward II: Alderman Gary Brown (did not file)
Cory Rowden (challenger, filed 1/19)
Ward III:
Alderman Nathan Sheridan (incumbent, did not file)
Ronny Leonard (challenger, filed 1/15)
Jason Lobland (challenger, filed 1/19)
Paul Geddes Jr. (challenger, filed 1/19)

Dixon City Council
Ward I: Alderman Steve Martin (filed 1/15)
Ward II: Alderman Lynn Whitten (filed 12/29)
Ward III: Alderman William Carter (filed 1/15)

School Boards
(All three year seats unless otherwise specified)

Crocker R-II School District
Incumbents: Don Mayhew, Kris York
Kris York filed 12/15
Mark Sasfy (challenger) filed 12/15
Don Mayhew filed 12/17
Kelly Newcomb (challenger) filed 1/19

Dixon R-I School District
Incumbents: Tina Vrba, Donny Miller (did not file)
Tina Vrba (incumbent) filed 12/15
Tommy Nichols (challenger) filed 12/15
Steve Roberson (challenger) filed 12/17
Robby Yoakum (challenger) filed 1/4
Patrick Duncan (challenger) filed 1/12

Laquey R-V School District
Incumbents (three-year term): Phil Todd (did not file), Danny Click
Vacant one-year term: (Wendy Wood resigned)
Mary Ann Miller (challenger) filed 12/15
Danny Click (incumbent) filed 1/15
Frank Norris (challenger) filed 1/18
David Brothers (challenger) filed 1/18

Plato R-V School District
Incumbents: DeWayne Baker, Patti Niebruegge (did not file)
DeWayne Baker (incumbent) filed 1/5
Pete Scurlock (challenger) filed 1/18
Brandi Niebruegge-Couch (challenger) filed 1/18
Mickey Bowers (challenger, filed 1/19)

Richland R-IV School District
Incumbents: Tom Murray, Rob Black (did not file)
Eric Graves (challenger): filed 1/5
Tom Murray (incumbent): filed 1/12
Kathleen Henson (challenger): filed 1/15

Swedeborg R-III School District
Incumbents: Greg Black, Alexis Roam (resigned from board)
Greg Black (incumbent) filed 1/18
Judy Moss (incumbent) filed 1/18
Libby Poulson (challenger), filed 1/19

Waynesville R-VI School District
Incumbents: Lori Laughlin, Janice Dye (did not file)
Lori Laughlin (incumbent) filed 12/15
Nathan Purdome (challenger) filed 12/15
Marcus L. Davis (challenger) filed 1/11
Dorsey Newcomb (challenger, filed 1/19)

Other Districts
Pulaski County Health Board
Incumbents: Paul Beydler (did not file), Phyllis Graves, Alice Roam (did not file)
Larry W. Albertson, Dixon (challenger, filed 12/23)
Phyllis Graves, Dixon (incumbent, filed 1/11)
Marie N. Arnold, Richland (challenger, filed 1/15)

Pulaski County Ambulance District
Big Piney Subdistrict I: Trustee Mark Shelden (filed 12/31)
Laquey Subdistrict IV: Trustee Darold Wieners (filed 12/31)

Dixon Ambulance District
Subdistrict II: Trustee Larry Helms (filed 12/15)
Subdistrict V: Trustee Roger Graves (filed 12/23)

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