January 30, 2003

April 8 Election Ballots Take Shape After Filing Period Officially Closes

The ballots for the April 8 election took final form this week as the official filing periods for area school boards, city offices, and health care governing boards closed on January 21.

The City of Memphis ballot will feature contested races in both wards. East Ward Alderman Ronald Gardner re-filed for the position. He will be opposed by James D. Parker. In the west ward, incumbent Patty Simerl will also face opposition as Lucas Remley has also filed for the west ward alderman position. Both terms are for two-years. Incumbent Michele Drummond is the lone candidate to file for City Collector.

The Scotland County R-I School Board will retain a familiar look as the two incumbent candidates were the lone filings prior to the January 21 deadline. Ellen Aylward will be seeking her sixth term on the board of education while Gary Miller is looking to secure a second term.

Area health care boards will likely retain familiar looks as well.

Robert Neese was the lone candidate to file for the Scotland County Memorial Hospital board of directors. He is the incumbent from the first district, which consists of Sandhill, Tobin, Mt. Pleasant and Vest townships. Neese, who was completing an unexpired term of a previous member, will be seeking election for a full six-year term.

Two incumbents were the lone filings for the board of directors at the Scotland County Care Center. Glen Lister will be seeking re-election for District #4, which covers the east half of the city of Memphis. Fellow incumbent Harold "Mitch" Jayne is seeking re-election for District #3, which covers Miller, Union and Johnson Townships. Both men are seeking three-year terms.

The Scotland County Health Department had two filings for a pair of vacancies on its governing board. Win Hill and Brenda Wilson are the candidates for the two, four-year terms open on the board.

The Scotland County Ambulance Board will have one open spot on the ballot as only one candidate filed for the two vacancies on the board of directors. Jamie Triplett filed for re-election, however the other incumbent, Charlie Boyer did not re-file prior to the deadline.

Voters in Granger will have a contested race as four candidates have entered the race for three seats on the Board of Trustees. Roxanna Inman, Ann Barker, Devin Holt and Robert C. Moseley have filed for the city's governing board.

Arbela will have two names on the April 8 ballot for the two vacancies on the board of trustees. Karen Simpson and Pat Johnson filed for the offices.

The Gorin R-III School District has a race for the three three-year terms open on the board of education. The candidates are Courtney Frederick, Edward D. See, Leon Shaw and James Vassholz.

That won't be the lone contested race in the Gorin area as the City of South Gorin is going to have a full ballot. There are six candidates seeking the lone two-year term available for West Ward Alderman. Leroy Miller, Ray Manary, Cindy Miller, Amanda Estrabrook, Richard Crawford and Ginger Orton have filed for the vacancy. The East Ward however will be uncontested as Robert "Bob" Carpenzano is the lone candidate to have filed.

Two candidates are seeking the one-year unexpired term for Mayor of Gorin. Interim Mayor Joyce Carpenzano, who was appointed following the resignation of former mayor Tracy Ross, has filed for the election. She will be opposed by Art B. Bass.

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