PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 20, 2009) — A few more candidates turned in papers on Monday, but a rush of last-minute filings can be expected today, the last day candidates can file to have their names on the April ballot for school boards, city councils, and fire and ambulance districts.
The closing time for filings varies based on the business hours of the organization. City council, school board and ambulance board candidates should file at their city hall, school administration building, or main ambulance base. Since the Crocker and Dixon fire districts don’t have full-time staff, Crocker fire board candidates file papers at the Crocker City Hall and Dixon fire board candidates file at the offices of Bassett Realty.
All of Pulaski County’s five cities closed their offices for Martin Luther King Day, but other governmental bodies were open for business on Monday.
Dixon R-I School District candidate Greg Roberson turned in papers on Monday, joining incumbents Troy Porter and Craig Rivera.
School officials with the Richland R-IV School District reported Tuesday morning that they had a late filing on Friday. Eric Graves turned in candidacy papers Friday and joins challengers Brenda Mathes, Elizabeth Warren, Donna Guevremont, Mike Calvetti, and Jerry Pemberton. Neither of the two incumbents, Troy Posten and Jo-Ellen Ferguson, have yet filed.
The Pulaski County Ambulance District received a new candidate filing on Monday when incumbent Waynesville Subdistrict 3 board member Cindy Walters turned in her candidacy papers. Walters joins Ronnie Layman of Crocker, who filed last month for the Subdistrict 4 position currently held by Larry Salveter, who does not plan to run for re-election.
One fire district hasn’t had its candidates reported previously. The Duke Rural Fire Protection District includes the Big Piney section of Pulaski County southeast of Fort Leonard Wood and the positions of two incumbent board members will go on the ballot. Those seats are held by Ron Wyatt of Duke and Dan Deuser, formerly of Duke and now of Steelville. As of Monday evening, Scott Bisker of Beulah and Paula J. Wyatt of Duke had filed for those positions.
Some offices still don’t have enough candidates to fill all available positions.
In the Plato R-V School District, none of the incumbents, Mike Friend or Penny Morrison who hold three-year terms or Pete Scurlock who was appointed to fill a vacancy and would be running for the remaining two years of an unexpired term, have yet turned in their candidacy papers. Two challengers Kevin Christenson and Kimberly A. (Murry) Hodges, have filed.
There’s also an open seat on the Crocker City Council, where incumbent Ward II Alderman Kim Skaggs-Henson hasn’t turned in her candidacy papers yet, and no one else has filed for that seat, either.
The Dixon Rural Fire Protection District has two seats available currently held by Les Clark and Jim Humphrey. Clark filed for re-election in December but Humphrey hasn’t turned in candidacy papers, and neither has anyone else. In the Dixon Ambulance District, Subdistrict 1 incumbent Dennis Lachowicz turned in his candidacy papers but Subdistrict 4 incumbent Art Forshey has not. Also in Dixon, Ward III Alderman Steven Parker has not yet filed for re-election to his two-year term.
While city councils must hold elections regardless of how many candidates file, school boards, fire boards and ambulance boards can save money by not holding an election if the number of people running for office is the same as the number of people to be elected. So far that’s the case only in Swedeborg, where all three incumbents are running for re-election.
Crocker City Council: (all two-year terms unless specified) Mayor (2-year term): Jim Morgan (filed 12/16), CHALLENGERS: Linda Wilson (filed 1/13), Raymond Towe (filed 1/14) Ward I (2-year term): Jim Patton (filed 1/9), CHALLENGER: Bill Laughlin (filed 1/12), Ward I (1 year unexpired term): Jeff Curry (filed 1/2), CHALLENGER: Tom Townsend (filed 1/14) 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 (filed 1/13) 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 two-year terms) Mayor: Bob Wall (filed 12/16), CHALLENGER: Kimi Gerred (filed 12/19) Judge: Rodney Blanchard (filed 12/16) Ward I: Eldon Haun (filed 1/13), 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 two-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 two-year terms unless specified) Ward I: Diana Stanford (filed 12/16), CHALLENGER: Charles Anderson (filed 1/12) Ward II: Adele Nickels (not yet filed), CHALLENGER: James McDonald (filed 1/14) 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 (three-year terms): Incumbents: Charles Worstell (filed 12/16), Jeff Curry (filed 12/17) Challengers: John Riffe (filed 1/8), Rebecca Ruckman Posten (filed 1/8)
Laquey R-V School Board (three-year terms): Incumbents: Mary Cristoffer (filed 12/16), Mary Ann Miller (filed 1/15) Challengers: Larry Southard (filed 12/16), Fanny Gan (filed 12/18), William W. Council (filed 1/13)
Plato R-V School Board (three-year terms): Incumbents: Mike Friend (not yet filed), Penny Morrison (not yet filed), Challenger: Kevin Christenson (filed 1/14) Incumbent (2 year term): Pete Scurlock (not yet filed), Challenger: Kimberly A. (Murry) Hodges (filed 1/12)
Richland R-IV School Board (three-year terms): Incumbents: Troy Posten (not yet filed), Jo-Ellen Ferguson (not yet filed) Challengers: Brenda Mathes (filed 12/17), Elizabeth Warren (12/19), Donna Guevremont (12/19), Mike Calvetti (1/9), Jerry Pemberton (filed 1/12), Ira Moss (1/13), Eric Graves (filed 1/16)
Swedeborg R-III School Board (three-year terms): Incumbents: Wayne King (filed 12/16), Jamie Alexander (filed 1/12) Incumbent (1 year term): Alexis Roam (filed 12/18)
Waynesville R-VI School District (three-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 (three-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 (six-year and three-year terms): Incumbent: Les Clark (filed 12/23), Jim Humphrey (not yet filed)
Pulaski County Ambulance District (three-year terms) Waynesville Subdistrict 3: Cindy Walters (filed 1/19) Crocker Subdistrict 6: Larry Salveter (incumbent, not yet filed), Ronnie Layman (challenger, filed 12/23)
Dixon Ambulance District (three-year terms) Subdistrict 1: Dennis Lachowicz (filed 1/15) Subdistrict 4: Art Forshey (not yet filed)