January 27, 2011

Candidate Filing Closes For April Election

The ballot for the April general election took form last week when the official filing period came to a close at the end of the business day on January 18th.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education will have four candidates vying for three seats on the board. Incumbents Paul Campbell, George Koontz and Matt McKee all filed for re-election. Former SCR-I teacher and past Missouri state representative Sam Berkowitz also filed for one of the three available three-year terms.

The City of Memphis will place two issues on the ballot but neither race will feature an opposition as incumbents Allen Creek and Lucas Remley were the lone candidates to file for election to the city council. Remley serves the east ward while Creek is seeking his third term representing the west ward.

The election for the Scotland County Hospital District will not even appear on the April ballot after just one candidate filed for the open seat on the board of directors. Long-time board member Hollis Boyer was the lone candidate to file for the six-year term.

The Scotland County Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 will be on the ballot but not due to a race, but instead due to a lack of candidates.

Dorsey Swearingen filed for re-election in sub district #1, but no one filed to replace sub district #3 board member Chris Mallett who has moved. The issue will appear on the ballot giving voters the opportunity to write in a candidate.

The hospital and nursing home board of directors will remain the same after the incumbents filed for re-election with no opposition. Ron Tinkle and Don Harvey filed for re-election to the ambulance district board of directors while Sally Ebling and Jeannie Childress both filed for another term on the board of directors for the Scotland County Care Center.

Three candidates filed for the three open seats on the Gorin R-III Board of Education. Tyrell Sizemore, Ginger Bass and Alicia Berry will serve three-year terms on the school board.

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