Candidates file for SR and Dixon councils, Swedeborg and Richland schools
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 5:55 pm
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 7, 2009) — Numerous candidates for local offices filed for school or city offices shortly after the beginning of the new year.
Most school districts had their offices closed for the Christmas break, and some candidates who filed late in the afternoon on the last day before the school district offices closed for the holiday didn't have their filings announced until this week.
• In Richland, challengers Elizabeth Warren and Donna Gueveremont both filed on Dec. 19 for three-year terms of office for two seats on the Richland R-IV School Board currently held by incumbents Troy Posten and Jo-Ellen Ferguson, neither of whom has yet filed. They join Brenda Mathes, who filed on Dec. 17.
• In Swedeborg, incumbent Alexis Roam filed on Dec. 18 for her one-year unexpired term on the Swedeborg R-III School Board, joining incumbent Wayne King who had filed two days earlier for his three-year term. As of Wednesday, incumbent Jamie Alexander had not yet filed for re-election.
• In Dixon, Mayor Darrell French and Ward III Alderman John Sheppard filed on Monday for re-election to their seats. To date, Municipal Judge Evan Shackleford and Ward II Alderman Steven Parker have not yet filed, but Ward I Alderman Vienna Tyson filed last month. None of the Dixon city positions yet have a contested race.
• In St. Robert, the last incumbent alderman who hadn’t filed for re-election, Ward III Alderman Allan Johannsen, filed for re-election on Monday. He was joined by Charles Slider, a Ward I resident who is challenging incumbent Alderman Theresa Cook. So far, the Cook-Slider race is the only contested race in St. Robert.
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.
So far, it’s certain that the Crocker Fire Board, Richland R-IV School District, Waynesville VI School District, Laquey R-V School District will have an election, but no other ambulance, school or fire districts yet have a contested election. On the other hand, some boards such as the Dixon Fire Board, Dixon Ambulance District, Plato R-V School Board and Swedeborg R-III School Board haven’t had enough candidates file and will have to hold an election with write-in candidates unless enough people run to fill the positions.
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 (filed 1/5) Judge: Evan Shackleford (not yet filed) Ward I: Vienna Tyson (filed 12/18) Ward II: Steven Parker (not yet filed) Ward III: John Sheppard (filed 1/5)
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), Challenger Charles Slider (filed 1/5) Ward II: Gene Newkirk (filed 12/23) Ward III: Allan Johannsen (filed 1/5) 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), Elizabeth Warren (12/19), Donna Guevremont (12/19)
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 (filed 12/18)
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)