Filings for municipal and school board positions continue as the end of the year draws near.
Election filing began on Tuesday, December 14 in Kennett as well as the surrounding areas.
The filing began at 8 a.m., and will end at 5 p.m., January 18, 2011 for the elections that are to be held on April 5, 2011.
Positions open in Kennett include that of Mayor, City Collector, City Treasurer, and a council member from each of the five wards in the city. For Mayor, there have only been three filings so far. They include the following: Roger Wheeler, Sr., (incumbent), Charles B. Brown, and Jake Crafton. Trena Leach (incumbent) has once again filed for City Collector. So far, she faces no opposition. According to Brenda Privett, city clerk, so far there has been no filings for the office of City Treasurer. As of 3 p.m., Thursday afternoon, Privett noted that there has been one more filing for council member and that is Darell Wheeler (Incumbent) of Ward 5. Other filings include Tim Caldwell in Ward one, Larry McDowell (Incumbent) in Ward two, Bill Branum (Incumbent) in Ward three, and Roy Cunningham (Incumbent) for Ward four.
Candidates for the office of Mayor must be at least 30-years old, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the city at the time of and for two years preceding his election.
For Councilman, candidates must be at least 21-years old prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States and is an inhabitant of the city for one year next preceding his election and a resident of the ward from which he is elected six months next preceding his election.
The qualifications for Collector and Treasurer include, a citizen of the United States, a qualified voter of the city of Kennett, a resident of the city for at least two years preceding his or her election. Also, no person shall be eligible to the office of Collector who owes the city for any unpaid city taxes, or forfeiture or defalcation in office.
Term limits for Mayor is four years with all the rest of the offices being two years.
In Hornersville the city offices that are open are Mayor, and an alderman each from the North and South Wards. Elisa Johnson, city clerk, said that Alderman Bruce Miller and Alderman Phylis Hamrick are both up for re-election. As of 3 p.m., Thursday afternoon, Johnson said besides Mara there have been no more filings. She noted that possibly there will be a lot of last minute filings.
Mary Vaughn, city clerk for Cardwell, reports as of 3 p.m., Thursday afternoon that one new filing has been received by the city and that is Anthony Parker (Incumbent) for Chief of Police. All other filings have also been done by incumbents except for Dave Martin who filed last Friday, Dec. 17, for the North Ward position. Others that have filed include John Prince who will be seeking another term as Mayor, Wanda Lee for Council in the North Ward and Jack Sparks for the South Ward. There was an error in a previous article with Lee listed as South Ward and Sparks as North Ward. The Daily Dunklin Democrat apologizes for the error.
Erma Branum, city clerk for the City of Arbyrd, said as of 3 p.m.,Thursday afternoon, there have been the following filings, Brent Pierce (Incumbent) for the South Ward alderman, and Robin Higgins for the North Ward alderman a seat that is now held by Ron Brannum.
Qualifications include being a resident of the city in that ward, must have lived in the ward for at least a year, be over the age of 21, have to be a registered voter of the city in that ward, and cannot be indebted to the city for any money owed including real estate/property taxes. city stickers, water bill, etc.
The positions open in Senath include Mayor, City Collector, South and North Ward alderman. All terms are for two years except City Collector and that is for a four year term. Officials at Senath City Hall reports that all the incumbents holding the above positions have filed for re-election. They include Ray Ivy, Council member for the North Ward, Patsy Davis Council member for the South Ward, Joe Lane for the position of Mayor, and Kathy Morgan for City Collector. As of 3 p.m.,Thursday at press time there have been no new filings, according to officials at City Hall.
The Kennett School Board will have three seats open in April of next year. These include those seats occupied by Chris Wake, Randy Haman, Eules Hively. As of last Friday, the Superintendent's office reported that Wake, Haman, and Hively, all incumbents have re-filed. As of 3 p.m., on Thursday, no more information had been received concerning this matter.
Senath-Hornersville Schools report there has been two filings by incumbents Gary Newman, Jr., and Dana Autry. The other school board position open is that of Wayland Tom. As of 3 p.m.,Thursday afternoon, Tina Davis, Board of Education secretary, reports that there have been no new filings.
The Southland Board of Education in Cardwell reports that the seats of Derrick Higgins, Kathy Zolman, and Jeff Wilson will also be up in the coming election. Officials from the Superintendent's office reports that Higgins and Zolman have re-filed for the position they currently hold. As of Thursday, no further information was known concerning new filings.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Holcomb School District reported that there are three positions that will be open in April and there have been four filings. The three positions open for the April 5, 2011 election include the seats of Danny Broglin, Dickie Dobbins and Keith Emmons. Those that have filed to date are Keith Emmons (Incumbent), Keith Davis, Mike Vance and Keith Massey.
All School board positions are for a term of three years and must be a citizen of the United States, a taxpayer and resident of the district, must have resided in Missouri at least a year preceding the election, be at least 24 years of age and never been found guilty or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor.
Due to the holidays, there has been no more information concerning school board filings for Kennett, Holcomb and Southland Schools. Watch for updates in upcoming editions of the Daily Dunklin Democrat concerning municipal and school board filings.
For those wishing to file for city positions, contact the City Hall in the respective cities. For anyone wishing to file for School Board positions, contact the School District Administration offices.