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Crocker, Richland candidates file for city council, fire board
CORRECTION APPENDED: An incorrect number was listed for the Crocker subdistrict of the Pulaski County Ambulance District.

RICHLAND/CROCKER, Mo. (Jan. 3, 2009) — The new year brought three more candidate filings, according to city staff members in Richland and Crocker.

Incumbent Crocker Ward I Alderman Jeff Curry filed on Friday for re-election to his one-year unexpired term on the Crocker City Council. Curry joins incumbent Mayor Jim Morgan in submitting his candidacy papers; Ward I Alderman Jim Patton and Ward II Alderman Kim Skaggs-Henson have not yet turned in their candidacy papers for their regular two-year terms.

School boards, ambulance boards and rural fire boards are elected by their district’s residents but don’t have to hold an election if the same number of candidates file as are to be elected. School boards usually have multiple candidates, but fire and ambulance boards often don’t have to go through the expense of an election.

However, that won’t be the case this year for the Crocker Fire Board’s two seats. Incumbent Crocker Fire Board member David Ellzey does not plan to run for re-election, but incumbent Robert Ishmael filed for re-election on Dec. 16, the first date for which filing was open. Since then, Jeff Porter filed on Dec. 17 and a new candidate, Randall Moore, filed on Friday.

In Richland, incumbent Ward II Alderman Mac Myers filed on Friday and will face a challenger, Thomas Murphy, who turned in his candidacy papers on Tuesday. The Ward II race will be one of at least two contested races in that city: incumbent Mayor Bob Wall is being challenged by Kimi Gerred. Also, while incumbent Ward I Alderman Eldon Haun has not yet filed for re-election, Larry Jeffries turned in his candidacy papers on Monday for that position.

Those who want to run for positions on Pulaski County’s five cities, six school boards, two ambulance districts and open seats on the Dixon and Crocker fire districts have until Jan. 20 to file candidacy papers.

The complete list to date of candidate filings for school and city offices is as follows, along with special districts:

Crocker City Council: (all 2 year terms unless specified)
Mayor (2-year term): Jim Morgan (filed 12/16)
Ward I (2-year term): Jim Patton (not yet filed)
Ward I (1 year unexpired term): Jeff Curry (filed 1/2)
Ward II (2-year term): Kim Skaggs-Henson (not yet filed)

Dixon City Council: (all two-year terms)
Mayor: Darrell French (not yet filed)
Judge: Evan Shackleford (not yet filed)
Ward I: Vienna Tyson (filed 12/18)
Ward II: Steven Parker (not yet filed)
Ward III: John Sheppard (not yet filed)

Richland City Council: (all 2 year terms)
Mayor: Bob Wall (filed 12/16), Challenger Kimi Gerred (filed 12/19)
Judge: Rodney Blanchard (filed 12/16)
Ward I: Eldon Haun (not yet filed), Challenger Larry Jeffries (filed 12/29)
Ward II Mac Myers (filed 1/2), Challenger Thomas Murphy (filed 12/30)
Ward III: Tim Bailey (filed 12/23)

St. Robert City Council (all 2 year terms)
Mayor: George Sanders (filed 12/17)
Ward I: Theresa Cook (filed 12/30)
Ward II: Gene Newkirk (filed 12/23)
Ward III: Allan Johannsen (not yet filed)
Ward IV: Bill Shaw (filed 12/18)

Waynesville City Council: (all 2 year terms unless specified)
Ward I: Diana Stanford (filed 12/16)
Ward II: Adele Nickels (not yet filed)
Ward III: Luge Hardman (filed 12/16)
Ward IV: Mike France (filed 12/16)
Ward IV (unexpired): Butch O’Riley (filed 12/18)

Crocker R-II School Board (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Charles Worstell (filed 12/16), Jeff Curry (filed 12/17)

Dixon R-I School Board (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Troy Porter (filed 12/16), Craig Rivera (filed 12/16)

Laquey R-V School Board (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Mary Cristoffer (filed 12/16), Mary Ann Miller (not yet filed)
Challengers: Larry Southard (filed 12/16), Fanny Gan (filed 12/18)

Plato R-V School Board (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Mike Friend (not yet filed), Penny Morrison (not yet filed)
Incumbent (2 year term): Pete Scurlock (not yet filed)

Richland R-IV School Board (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Troy Posten (not yet filed), Jo-Ellen Ferguson (not yet filed)
Challenger: Brenda Mathes (filed 12/17)

Swedeborg R-III School Board (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Wayne King (filed 12/16), Jamie Alexander (not yet filed)
Incumbent (1 year term): Alexis Roam (not yet filed)

Waynesville R-VI School District (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Randy Walters (filed 12/16), David Tritten (not yet filed)
Challengers: Leroy Fulmer (filed 12/16), Herman Blau (filed 12/16), Melvin Hensley (filed 12/16)

Crocker Rural Fire Protection District (3 year terms):
Incumbents: Robert Ishmael (filed 12/16), David Ellzey (will not file)
Challengers: Jeff Porter (filed 12/17), Randall Moore (1/2)

Dixon Rural Fire Protection District (6 and 3-year terms):
Incumbent: Les Clark (filed 12/23), Jim Humphrey (not yet filed)

Pulaski County Ambulance District (3-year terms)
Waynesville Subdistrict 3: Cindy Walters (not yet filed)
Crocker Subdistrict 6: Larry Salveter (incumbent, not yet filed), Ronnie Layman (challenger, filed 12/23)

Dixon Ambulance District (3-year terms)
Subdistrict 1: Dennis Lachowicz (not yet filed)
Subdistrict 4: Art Forshey (not yet filed)

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