March 28, 2002

School, Municipal Issues Head Up April 2nd Ballot

Voter turnout is expected to be a little higher than normal for the April 2 election as Scotland County voters face a tax issue and Memphis City residents will get ballots with opposition in every race.

The biggest issue of the election is Proposition 2 on the Scotland County R-I School District ballot. The ballot reads "Shall the School Board of the Scotland County R-I School District be authorized to eliminate the reduction in the operating levy for school purposes as provided under Section 164.013 RSMo?"

In simple English, that is a request for a Proposition C waiver. If approved by voters, the ballot issue would allow the SCR-I School Board to waive a portion of the one cent education sales tax refund that is distributed statewide via decreased county tax levies for schools.

SCR-I is seeking to join the majority of school districts across Missouri that have a Prop C waiver. Currently more than 80-percent of districts have given their school board the power to control this rollback.

The school district will offer another series of decisions as the board of education has four candidates to fill three vacancies.

Incumbents George Koontz and Paul Campbell are seeking re-election while newcomers Scott Brassfield and Mark Drummond will be seeking their first term. Incumbent Paula Neese is not seeking re-election.

The City of Memphis also has a number of interesting races headed by the mayor and city marshall contests.

Incumbent Ron Alexander will seek another two-year term as Mayor of Memphis. He is being opposed by Robert Owings, in his second campaign for the office.

Memphis will have a new city marshall to head the police department. Former marshall Terry Simerl withdrew from the ballot after resigning from office earlier this year. That leaves two former police officers to vie for the position. Voters will choose between Steve Snodgrass and Rick Hunt to fill the four-year term.

Both city alderman positions for Memphis have turned into races as well. In the West Ward Teresa Skinner and Paula Montgomery are competing for the office being vacated by Cindy Garrett.

In the East Ward incumbent Mike Stone is seeking re-election. He is being opposed by William Reckenberg and former alderman Paul Luscombe.

Memphis is not the only local race for municipal boards. There are four candidates seeking to be voted onto the Board of Trustees for the Village of Rutledge. Voters will fill three two-year terms from among the four candidates, Patsy "Charlene" Montgomery, Steve Montgomery, Janet O'Rourke and Jason See.

The Gorin ballot is a mixed bag. Robert "Bob" Carpenzano is running unopposed for the office of mayor. The West Ward has no official candidate for the seat on the board of aldermen. The story is different across town in the East Ward where there are three candidates, Laurie Elder, Tina Payne and Mary Jacobs, for one seat on the board.

The Gorin R-III School Board has three candidates for three openings. Bill Roach, Cindy Orton and Mike Parrish are seeking to fill the positions.

The Arbela Board of Trustees has a similar story as there are three candidates to fill three vacancies on the board. Carol Wiley, Gordon Wiley and Twila Stevenson are seeking to serve the community.

Voters in the City of Granger have two candidates, Richard Byrn and Jo Ann Shadrick, for the two openings on the board of trustees.

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