Cox wins re-election in LaGrange with victory over write-in candidate

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 19, 2017 9:20 am

LaGRANGE, Mo. -- Incumbent Middle Ward council member Ed Cox easily won re-election over Gena Hills, the only person who formally registered as a write-in candidate In the only contested race in Tuesday's election in LaGrange.

Cox received 25 votes while Hills received just one vote. Thirteen other write-in ballots were spoiled, City Clerk Kim Schneider said. Schneider said most of the write-ins were for other candidates. Two of the spoiled ballots had Hills' name misspelled.

All other candidates were unopposed.

Incumbent mayor Michael Lowe won a second two-year term with 46 votes.

Kiley Turnbaugh was elected to a two-year term as North Ward council member with 16 votes. He will fill the seat vacated by Jason Kaylor, who did not seek re-election.

Incumbent South Ward council member Robert Corbin won a two-year term with 16 votes. Corbin was elected last year in a special election to serve the unexpired term of Tim Kaylor, who resigned.

Most Missouri cities and political subdivisions picked officeholders on April 4 during statewide municipal elections. But LaGrange held its election Tuesday because it is one of several remaining "special charter" cities in Missouri, and its charter calls for certain local elections to be held on different dates than other municipalities.