March 29, 2012

Voters to Decide School, City Boards at April 3rd Election

The general municipal election on Tuesday, April 3rd, will feature a pair of contested races for school boards while all of the area municipal races are either uncontested or lacking any candidates at all.

In both the Scotland County R-I and Gorin R-III school districts, the ballots will feature three candidates for two open seats on the boards of education.

Incumbents Randy Tobler and Gary Miller are seeking re-election to the SCR-I School Board. Also running for one of the vacant seats is Michelle Kleine.

In the Gorin R-III district, Mike Shaffer, Diane Tague and Tammie Dale are seeking the two vacant seats on the board.

In the City of Memphis, voters will fill the office of mayor and two aldermen positions. Incumbent William Reckenberg is seeking re-election as mayor. Incumbents are also seeking both aldermen posts, with east ward alderman Tom Glass and west ward alderman Chris Feeney both seeking reelection.

Three candidates will be on the ballot for the three openings on the Rutledge board of trustees. Seeking the posts are David Herr, Lewis B. Powell and Wesley Weiler.

The ballot for the Village of Arbela will look similar, with three names for three vacant seats. Mandi Bulen, Richard Stevenson and Robert Dundee are the three candidates.

The Village of Granger has just one candidate on the ballot for two vacant seats on the board of trustees. Thomas Shannan is the lone candidate to file for the post, with voters asked to write-in a second candidate.

That will be the case for voters in the Scotland County ambulance district as well as in the city of Gorin.

No candidate filed for the board position for sub-district 1 of the ambulance district, and likewise the ballot for the east ward alderman job in Gorin is also blank.

Ervin Gene Berry is on the ballot for the West Ward Alderman post and Diane Tague is on the ballot for the one-year unexpired term for the city clerk job in Gorin.

Voters will also be deciding the fate of a county-wide tax issue, as the 31-cent road and bridge tax levy will be up for reconsideration. The issue is placed before voters every four years, and has been reaffirmed in each of those four-cycles for more than 60 years.

The polls will be open between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Courthouse, Arbela Community Building, Granger Community Building, Gorin R-III School, Rutledge Community Building, and the Bible Grove School.

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