Today was the first day for candidates to file for office subject to the August 5 Primary Election, with several incumbents filing in Grundy County and a race under way for the circuit clerk and ex-officio recorder position.
Tammy Hanes and Becky Stanturf, both Republicans, filed for the position of circuit clerk and ex-officio recorder, currently held by Democrat Charlene Arnold, who has chosen to not seek re-election. Mrs. Hanes is currently the clerk in the associate division of Grundy County Court, while Ms. Stanturf is the deputy circuit clerk. Also filing this morning was Carrie Lamm Clark, a Republican who is seeking her party’s nomination for prosecuting attorney. Cristine Stallings, a Democrat, is currently serving in the position after being appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon following the resignation of Carol Wetherell. As of press time, Ms. Stallings had not filed.
Incumbents filing this morning were Betty Spickard, county clerk; Rick Hull, presiding commissioner; and Steve Hudson, associate circuit judge. All are Republicans. The deadline to file for the August Primary is March 25.
Absentee balloting for the April 8 Municipal Election will get under way on Tuesday.
Those wishing to vote absentee may do so in the county clerk’s office until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 7. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, April 2.
Grundy County Clerk Betty Spickard has announced that the Missouri Secretary of State’s office has made a change in the Form 5120 for candidates who are filing for office in the Aug. 5 Primary Election.
Mrs. Spickard said the form, which is an affidavit that affirms that a candidate’s taxes have been paid, now also includes a statement that the candidate knows of no reason why he or she could not be bonded. Potential candidates who received a form from her office or downloaded one prior to Thursday will need to obtain a new form.
Filing for the primary election begins Tuesday and runs through March 25. County offices to be elected include associate circuit judge, presiding commissioner, county clerk, circuit clerk/recorder of deeds and prosecuting attorney. Candidates for those offices may file in the county clerk’s office, located on the second floor of the courthouse. All candidates must bring with them a picture ID, a copy of Form 5120 sent to the Department of Revenue and a receipt of fees paid to the political party of which they are affiliated. In addition, candidates for township committeepersons may file in the county clerk’s office as well during the filing period.
State offices to be elected include state auditor, District 6 U.S. Congress, 12th District state senator and District 7 state representative. Candidates for these offices must file at the office of Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, in Jefferson City.
Candidate filing for the Aug. 5 Primary Election begins on Feb. 25 and will run through March 25, according to Grundy County Clerk Betty Spickard.
County offices to be elected include associate circuit judge, currently held by Steve Hudson; presiding commissioner, currently held by Rick Hull; county clerk, currently held by Mrs. Spickard; circuit clerk/recorder of deeds, currently held by Charlene Arnold, who has indicated she will not seek re-election; and prosecuting attorney, currently held by Cristine Stallings. Candidates for those offices may file in the county clerk’s office, located on the second floor of the courthouse. All candidates must bring with them a picture ID, a copy of Form 5120 sent to the Department of Revenue indicating that their taxes have been paid and a receipt of fees paid to the political party of which they are affiliated. In addition, candidates for township committeepersons may file in the county clerk’s office as well during the filing period.
State offices to be elected include state auditor, currently held by Tom Schweich; District 6 U.S. Congress, currently held by Sam Graves; 12th District state senator, currently held by Brad Lager, who cannot run again due to term limits; and District 7 state representative, currently held by Mike Lair. Candidates for these officers must file at the office of Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, in Jefferson City.
Races have been created for the Trenton R-9 Board of Education and for the third ward of the Trenton City Council following the closing on Tuesday of the filing period for the April 8 election.
The Trenton R-9 Board has four candidates for three three-year terms to be chosen in April. Incumbents Dr. David Whitaker and Kevin Bailey have filed along with Doug Franklin and Brandon Gibler. The term of Tracy Utley also expired and she did not file for re-election.
In the third ward of the Trenton City Council, incumbent Chuck Elliott faces a challenge from Wally Smith for a two-year term. Incumbents Kenneth Ewing and Larry Huffstutter are the lone candidates in the second and fourth wards, respectively, and no one filed for the first ward seat currently held by Jacob Black. That seat will be filled with write-in votes.
Schools that have the exact number of candidates to fill positions will not be required to have an election. In the area that includes Grundy R-5, Spickard R-2, Laredo R-7, Newtown-Harris, Harrison County R-4 at Gilman City and North Central Missouri College. Cities are required to hold an election no matter how many candidates are on the ballot.
The list of candidates that will appear on the April 8 election ballot include (* – incumbents):
(three to be elected unless otherwise noted)
Trenton R-9 – Dr. David Whitaker*, Doug Franklin, Brandon Gibler and Kevin Bailey*. The term of Tracy Utley also expired.
Grundy R-5 – Larry Cook*, Abe Carver* and Tyson Christy. The term of Dennis McDonald also expired.
Pleasant View R-6 – Jill Reeter* and Tim Allen*. The term of Brian Holcomb also expired.
Spickard R-2 – Lindsay Glenn* Roger Bonnett* and Kendall Nienhuser.
Laredo R-7 – Jim Marsh*, Jason Meeker* and Stephen Lowrey*.
Tri-County R-7 – Megan DeWitt*, Aaron Lewis*, Jeremy Turner and Rich Neeley. The term of Mike Huston also expired.
Harrison County R-4 – Trent Brewer*, Mike Ragan* and Jesse Crump. The term of Dennis Brose also expired.
Newtown-Harris – Chris Gibson*, Jack Wells* and Joni Oaks. The term of Steve Peterson also expired.
Princeton R-5 – Gene Anderson*, Karla Meinke, Nathan Evans, Matt Clark, Dr. Larry Letner*, Terry Nigh, Rick Ellsworth, Rob Willett and Larry Pollard. The term of Stan Johnson also expired.
North Central Missouri College (six-year term) – Steve Busch* and Dr. John Holcomb*.
(two-year terms unless
Trenton – Kenneth Ewing*, second ward; Chuck Elliott* and Wally Smith, third ward; Larry Huffstutter*, fourth ward.
Galt – Russell Searcy, north ward*; Tom Loghry, south ward*.
Laredo – Rebecca Burns* and Carol Holloway, mayor; and Cassie Bethards, alderman. The term of Dorothy Davis as alderman expired and there is also an open position.
Spickard – (three to be elected) – Betty Lee*, Jonine Jaycox and Patrica Payne.
Jamesport – Freida Gardner*, south ward; Rob Murphy*, north ward.
Princeton – Kurt Meighen*, mayor; Mike Greenlee*, north ward; George Scurlock*, south ward.
Nursing Home Board
(two to be elected)
Grundy County – Barb Cox* and Don Altes*
Persons wanting to file for the August Primary Election, statewide or in Grundy County, may do so beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and continue until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.
Statewide offices to be voted on in Grundy County include state auditor, U.S. Representative in Congress for District 6, District 12 State Senator and District 7 State Representative. To file for one of those positions, persons will need to do so in the Secretary of State’s office in Jefferson City.
County offices to be voted on include Associate Circuit Judge, County Clerk, Clerk of the Circuit Court/Recorder of Deeds, Prosecuting Attorney, Presiding County Commissioner, township/ward committeeman and township/ward committeewoman. Persons can file for those positions in the office of the Grundy County Clerk.
A third person has filed for a seat on the Trenton R-9 Board of Education, subject to the April 8 election.
Brandon Gibler filed on Tuesday afternoon for one of the three three-year terms to be filled. He is the third person to file for the board as incumbent Dr. David Whitaker and Doug Franklin filed on Tuesday morning.
Persons interested in serving on the board may file at the district office during regular business hours until Tuesday, Jan. 21. The office will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 for the Christmas break.
Two incumbents have filed for re-election to the North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees subject to the April 8 election.
Steve Busch, who currently serves as president, and Dr. John Holcomb, another current member, filed for re-election this morning, the first day of filing. Filing continues through Jan. 21.
Two new council members were elected and local use taxes for the county and city went down to defeat as voters went to the polls in Trenton and Grundy County on Tuesday.
In addition, two persons were elected to the Trenton R-9 Board of Education and Grundy County Nursing Home Board of Directors.
Mark Moore and Travis Elbert will be sworn in as first-time Trenton City Council members, winning races in their respective wards. Moore defeated Terry Toms 134-48 in the first ward while Elbert defeated incumbent Ed Spencer in the third ward, 124-82. Second ward incumbent Mark Robinson won a three-way race in the third ward, collecting 91 votes while challengers John Beier and Brad Johnson received 55 and 28 votes, respectively. In the fourth ward, incumbent Jim Bush ran unopposed and received 230 votes.
The city’s local use tax proposal lost by a vote of 351 in favor and 465 opposed. The Grundy County local tax issue was also defeated, with 522 in favor and 694 opposed.
Seats on the Trenton R-9 Board of Education went to incumbent George Moore, who received 594 votes, and Jenni Croy, who received 484 votes. The other candidates were Tina Capeder, with 444 votes, and Jennifer McCully, who received 348 votes.
Jim Cox and incumbent Larry Griffin were elected from among four candidates to the Grundy County Nursing Home Board. Cox received 810 votes while Griffin received 611. Incumbent Tim Whitaker got 448 votes and Frank Clodfelter received 443 votes.
There were several other elections held within Grundy County. The winners included:
Galt – Roseanne Bonine, mayor; Reggie Grindstaff, north ward; Phillip Shepherd, south ward.
Laredo – Peter DeBruyne and Jeffrey Smith, aldermen.
Brimson – Ed Arnold, mayor; Rachel Feigly, clerk; Charlene Arnold, treasurer; Mark Sigler and Roxanne Hughs, trustees.
Spickard – Jesse Richmond, mayor; Bob Darby and Janice Vandevender, aldermen.
Lincoln Township – Proposition to continue 35-cent tax rate for roads, approved 33-14.
Harrison Township – Proposition to continue 35-cent tax rate for roads, approved 25-2.
Liberty Township – Proposition to continue 35-cent tax rate for roads, approved 31-13.
Taylor Township – Proposition to continue 35-cent tax rate for roads, approved 17-8.
There were 1,310 persons casting votes in the Grundy County elections, representing 17 percent of total eligible voters.
In area elections, voters in the Tri-County R-7 School District approved a 25-cent increase to the tax levy for a five-year period for improvements to the school. The vote was 156-71. North Mercer voters turned down a proposal to eliminate the Prop C tax levy rollback to construct a new ag building at the school. There were 75 in favor and 89 opposed.
Another school vote of interest was in the North Daviess R-3 School District, where voters defeated a proposal to dissolve the school district and send students to three adjoining districts. That measure failed by a vote of 125 in favor and 183 opposed.
Other area results include:
Jamesport – Jack Turner, mayor (defeated two opponents); Geoff Eads, north ward alderman; Chris Ford, south ward alderman.
Gilman City – Dale Ratliff and Regan Toombs, aldermen.
Princeton – Dee McKinney, south ward alderman; Dee Hobbs, north ward alderman.
Mercer – David Beavers and Jeff Henley, aldermen.
Mercer County Public Water District Board – Wesley Parsons.
Mercer County Health Tax – 215 no and 139 yes.