The official filing period for the April 7th election closed on January 20th and a number of races took shape for municipal and school board positions in what was otherwise a relatively light filing period.
Three candidates filed for the two seats available on the Scotland County R-I Board of Education. Incumbent Gary Miller will seek a new three-year term. Fellow board member Dr. Randy Tobler did not file for reelection. Former board member Stacy Alexander will seek a seat on the school board along with Cole A Tippett.
In the City of Memphis, incumbent east ward alderman Lucas Remley will seek reelection. He will be challenged on the ballot by Walt Marlowe. West Ward Alderman Allen Creek did not file for re-election. Mike Gundy filed for the west ward vacancy.
Consolidated Public Water Supply District No. 1 will also feature a contested race. Board president Tonya Bradley filed for re-election for district #2. She will be opposed on the ballot by Ronald G. Gardner for the three-year term.
Jan Slayton was the lone candidate to file for the District #3 vacancy. Incumbent Larry Gieseke did not seek reelection.
Per Senate Bill 593, political subdivisions will not hold elections for uncontested races.
Slayton will assume the role of District #3 Director following the election date.
Three other local offices will be filled in similar fashion. Incumbent Robert Neese was the lone filing for the District #1 Director for the Scotland County Hospital Board. Jamie Triplett will continue to serve as District #1 Director for the Scotland County Ambulance Board and Glen Lister will continue to serve as District #5 Director for the Scotland County Nursing Home District Board.
In addition to determining the District #2 race, rural water customers will decide the question of a $4 million bond issue. The proposed waterworks system revenue bonds are being sought to fund extension and improvement of the waterworks system as well as the cost and operation and maintenance of the system.
Despite uncontested races in one district, the nursing home and ambulance district will both be on the ballot for other reasons. The nursing home district will feature a contested race in District #6 where incumbent Kathy Miller will be opposed by Robert C. Moseley. The ambulance district will have a ballot for write-in candidates for the District 4 position as no candidates filed for the vacancy.
The Village of Granger will feature a similar ballot, as no candidates filed for the three vacancies on the board of directors.
The Village of Rutledge will have a contested race for two positions on the board of directors. Incumbent trustee Carol McCabe will seek reelection. LaVeta Comstock and Teresa Marie Cicela also filed for the office.
In the Village of Arbela, Dale R. McLeland and Thomas E. O’Donnell filed for the two vacancies on the board of trustees.
Bob Sears is the lone candidate for Mayor of Gorin. Patricia M. Brock filed for the east ward alderman vacancy and Ginger Bass is seeking the west ward alderman position.