Fiscal issues, contested races await voters in Northeast Missouri

Posted: Mar. 31, 2012 7:09 pm Updated: Apr. 21, 2012 8:15 pm


Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Voters across Northeast Missouri will decide Tuesday on a slew of fiscal issues and municipal and school board races.


Marion County

In Northeast Missouri's most populous county, voters will decide whether to renew the county's 3/8-cent sales tax for capital improvements.

County officials have said the sales tax, instituted in 2001 and appearing on the ballot under the banner of Proposition Continued Progress, will be a boon particularly to law enforcement and highway maintenance.

In Hannibal, the biggest issue facing voters is Proposition 1, which would ban smoking in all indoor public places and in city-owned vehicles.

Hannibal voters also will decide on three other ballot issues. Proposition 2 would renew the city's 70-cent monthly recycling fee for the recycling program operated by the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop. Propositions 3 and 4 are a pair of charter changes affecting the Hannibal Board of Public Works board. One would allow the board to meet in facilities other than City Hall; the other would allow a member of the board to attend electronically, by means like a conference call or videoconferencing, if the four-member board's quorum is in jeopardy

Hannibal's First and Third Ward council seats are in play. The Third Ward incumbent, Lou Barta, faces a challenge from political newcomer Kevin Lionberger and three-time candidate Monica Williams. The First Ward incumbent, Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Knickerbocker, is unopposed in his quest for a fourth term; he is the council's longest-serving member.

The city's municipal judge seat also is up for grabs, with current Judge Frederich Cruse unopposed as he runs for a third term.

In Palmyra, voters will elect three City Council members, with only one of those races contested. First Ward Alderman Emmett "Butch" Garner faces a challenge from Ronald Kraft.

The Palmyra R-1 Board of Education has two open seats, with board member Susan Gard stepping down after 15 years. Board President Dudley Powell is running for a fourth term, with Laura Van Tress, Holly Henze and Stacy Hoerr also in the running.

In the Marion County R-II School District, voters will decide on Proposition S.O.S., a $575,000 capital improvements bond issue, and will elect two Board of Education members in a contested race. Incumbents Judy Stratton and Jared Stewart are joined on the ballot by Wesley Tuley.

The Marion County Ambulance District will elect two board members, with Gary Toliver and Tim Kane running in Subdistrict 1, and Dorothea "Dot" Lake and Liz Donath running in Subdistrict 4.


Lewis County

Lewis County voters face a pair of tax issues on Tuesday's ballot.

Proposition R seeks to renew a county sales tax of 3/8 of 1 percent, in effect since 1989, for the Road and Bridge Fund. The Lewis County Health Department, meanwhile, is seeking to increase its tax levy from 10 cents to 25 cents per $100 of assessed value.

In a hotly contested race, the Lewis County C-1 Board of Education has three seats in play. Incumbent E.H. Smith is seeking his first full term after serving out an unexpired term, and 21-year board member Robert Reed Miller is running again for his open seat after resigning in February. They are challenged by former board members Donna Collier and Neil Jennings, along with Jamie Brennan.

Canton, Lewistown, Ewing and LaBelle all will elect aldermen, and Lewistown will elect a mayor and collector. The only contested race in those cities is the South Ward alderman seat in LaBelle; Justin Parrish, Paul Harvey and Norman Strickland all are running for that seat.

The village of Monticello will elect its mayor and board by write-in, per tradition.

The Lewis County E-911 Southern District board has one contested seat, a race between Terry Faulconer and Chris Heimer. The R-4 Fire Protection District board likewise has a contested seat, for which Faulconer is running against Bryan Jennings and Tom Stark.


Ralls County

Ralls County voters will decide on a 42-cent tax levy for the Ralls County Ambulance District.

The county seat of New London has two City Council seats in play, both uncontested, and will elect a mayor. Mayor Marvin Miller faces a re-election fight against Kenneth P. O'Malley.

Likewise, the cities of Center and Perry each have a mayoral race and a pair of uncontested City Council races.

In Center, Dennis McMillen and George Mitts will face off for the mayoral seat. Perry's top job is a contest between William "Bill" Arnold and Dustin Wasson.


Clark County

In Missouri's northeasternmost county, voters will decide whether to renew a 1/2-percent county sales tax for road improvements.

The county's only other ballot question will determine whether to annex the Revere C-3 School District, with its one tiny elementary school, into the Clark County R-1 School District this summer.

Among the county's contested elections, Wayland will elect two aldermen at large from a field that includes Sally Fox, Tim Severin, Patricia Golliher and Joni Gorman.

In Alexandria, a contested mayoral election pits Robert Davis against Ronald Gates. The city also will elect a city clerk and two aldermen in uncontested races.

The village of Luray will elect three trustees, with Steven Buium, Robert Smith, Rodney Nichols Sr., Gary Brown and Vernon Hopp in the running.

Revere will elect a mayor by write-in.

Voters will elect two members to the Clark County R-1 Board of Education, with William Schutte, Jason Acklie and Penny Boulware in the running.

The Clark County Nursing Home District has one board seat in play, a contest between Mary Boley and Mike Frazier. The Clark County Ambulance District No. 1 also has a contested board race between Steve Howell and Jerry Redding.


Monroe County

Monroe County voters could see a shift in the county's school district boundaries if Proposition 3 passes. That ballot question will decide whether to shift a portion of the Monroe City R-1 School District into the Paris R-II School District.

Monroe City voters will decide on a $1.5 million bond issue for the city's park system, to be repaid through a 1/2-percent sales tax that will be determined in a separate ballot question.

Paris R-II also has a $1.2 million capital improvements bond issue on the ballot, along with a contested Board of Education race. Libby Williams, Richard Fredrick and Shari Embree are running for two seats.

Monroe City R-1 voters will elect two Board of Education members from a field of five candidates: Suzanne Quigley, Jim Underhill, Michelle Kendrick, Mark McNally and Lindsay Cheek.

Stoutsville will elect three village trustees. Larry Dooley, John Mojzis, John Moutray and Billy Moutray are running.

Madison has a contested race for two aldermanic seats, with Jeanne Wood, Roy Wolfe and Lorie Cullom in the running. Madison C-3 School District voters will elect three Board of Education members from a crowded field of six candidates: Lorie Cullom, Keith Thomas, Derek Wood, Tim Brammer, Walter Dubbert Jr. and Tim Layton.


Pike County

Pike County voters face a slew of contested municipal and school board races.

In the county seat of Bowling Green, Roberta "Robie" Org and Dennis "Mark" Bair are running for the Ward II alderman seat. The Ward III alderman seat is a contest among Mary Grover, Steven Michael Burgett Jr. and Kenda Flynn.

The Bowling Green R-I School District will see five people run for two Board of Education seats. Scott Smith, Tim Gamm, Doug Shinn, Leo Brueggen and Louise Mason Hunter are on the ballot in that district.

Louisiana has three contested City Council races, with Kevin Dempsey and Ann Handford in the running for Ward I's one-year unexpired term; Kathy Smith and James A. Wood running in Ward II; and Chris Koetters and Monroe Elliott running in Ward IV.

The Louisiana R-II Board of Educaton has two seats in play, with Pam Todd-Watts, Wes Patton and Lori Helkey running.

The Pike County R-III School District, home to Clopton schools, has five people running for two Board of Education seats: Sandra Brune, Clayton Lockard, Aaron Kuntz, Donald Gerken Jr. and Melaney Magruder Mathis.

Curryville will elect a mayor in a contested race, with Walter Haddock and Randly Dalton running.


Knox County

Knox County voters will decide whether to continue the county's half-cent sales tax for the general revenue fund.

The Knox County R-1 School District is seeking approval of a $2.3 million capital improvements bond issue under the ballot of Proposition Improving Knox County Schools.

Edina, Knox City and Novelty voters also will decide on fiscal questions -- a $4 million water and sewer bond issue in Edina, 25-cent street tax levies in Knox City and Novelty.

The county's lone contested election is a race between Gary Clair and Clara Nichols for the Subdistrict 4 board seat in the Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Knox County.


Shelby County

Voters in the Shelby County R-IV School District, home to South Shelby High School, will decide whether to continue, but not increase, the district's $3.75 tax levy.

That school district also will elect two Board of Education members from a field of three candidates: Scott Gough, Jay Collins and Jerry Fenton.

Shelbina has a contested race for both alderman seats. Bert Greenwell, Doug Provorse and Jeff Rash are running for the East Ward seat, while Mike Milner and Jeff Barton are running for the West Ward seat.

Clarence will elect a mayor and two aldermen in contested races. Donald Sanford and Nelda Pantaleo are running for mayor, while James Kohn, Byron McLelland, Jesse Pantaleo, Kenny Hoffman and Tony Schafer are running for the two aldermanic seats.

The North Shelby School District will elect two Board of Education members from among five candidates: Debbie Coonrod, Robert Christine, Bill Reitz, Mark Jackson and Tim Shockley.


Scotland County

Scotland County voters face a ballot question seeking to renew the county's 31-cent tax levy for the Special Road District.

The county's only contested races are a pair of school board elections.

In the Scotland County R-1 School District, Randy Tobler, Gary Miller and Michelle Kleine are running for two open Board of Education seats.

The Gorin R-III Board of Education has two seats in play, for which Mike Shaffer, Diane Tague and Tammie Dale are running.