Halfway through the official filing period, a number of ballot slots remain empty for the April 7th election.
More than half way through the official filing period for a number of governing boards, few races have taken shape but there is still time to file for offices that will be decided at the General Municipal Election, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Prospective candidates have until the close of the business day on Tuesday, January 20th to file for election to serve on governing boards for tax-based entities, city councils and boards of education.
The Scotland County Ambulance District of Scotland County will hold an election for two Board Directors, one each from District 1 and District 4 for a two-year term and will also be electing a new District 2 Board member for a one-year term to fill a a vacated seat.
The current ambulance district board consists chairman Ron Tinkle (District 6), vice-chairman Jamie Triplett, and board members Stacie Westhoff (District 5) and Don Harvey (District 3). Current member Dave Long has moved out of District 4 (West Jefferson). Board member Jan Meeks has resigned as the District 2 representative, so the Board will be considering appointing a replacement until the April election. Triplett currently serves District 1.
As of press time, only Triplett had filed for re-election. No candidates had filed for the District 2 or District 4 vacancies.
“That is not unusual,” said County Clerk Batina Dodge, whose office acts as the filing location for a number of the public boards. “A lot of times the incumbents will wait until closer to the deadline to refile.”
The only other candidate to file with the clerk’s office has been with the Scotland County Care Center District, where Robert Moseley has filed for the 6th district seat.
The Care Center will elect one director for the 5th sub-district and one director of the 6th sub-district for three-year terms. Glen Lister currently serves the 5th district while the 6th district is served by Kathleen Miller. of the Scotland County Nursing Home political subdivision, for a term of 3 years each.
Other current nursing home board members are Jeannie Childress, Sally Ebling, Mitch Jayne and Tom Deberry.
Candidates for the Scotland County Hospital Board also may file at the county clerk’s office. Voters will elect one director for the 1st District for a term of six years. District 1 consists of all of Sandhill, Tobin, Mt. Pleasant and Vest Townships and is currently served by Robert Neese, who joined the board in 2003.
Curtis Ebeling was elected to the hospital board of directors in 2014 to represent District 6. Barb Blomme and Charlie Boyer both joined the board in 2013 to fill unexpired terms for retiring members and Judy Wilson was re-elected to serve District 5. Dwight DeRosear represents District 4.
Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 of Scotland County will elect two board members in April. Tonya Bradley, who serves as the board president, represents district #2 while Larry Gieseke represents district #3. Neither has filed for re-election as of January 5th.
Gene Spray was elected in 2014 to represent District 1. Jamie Robinson was elected in 2013 to serve District 4, the same year Robert Moseley was elected to represent District 5.
Candidates can file at the rural water district office.
The Scotland County Health Department will not be on the ballot in 2015, with none of its four-year terms due to expire until 2017.
The current board consists of Sue Payne, Patty Freburg and Dee Wiley, all elected in 2014, and Connie Goodwin and Margaret Roberson, both elected in 2013.
The City of Memphis will fill two aldermen positions for two-year terms in the April election. Alderman Lucas Remley has filed for re-election in the East Ward. The current West Ward Alderman is Allen Creek.
The Villages of Rutledge and Arbela both have two trustee positions to be decided in April. Candidates for the two-year terms in Rutledge can contact city clerk Luke Zimmerman, and in Arbela candidates may file with clerk Twila Stevenson.
The Scotland County R-I School Board will have two seats open on the board of education. Incumbent Gary Miller has filed for re-election. Dr. Randy Tobler holds the other seat. Former board member Stacy Alexander has filed for the race.
Unless more candidates come forward, there won’t be official elections for many of these entities.
Under Missouri Statute 115.124. in a nonpartisan election in any political subdivision or special district, “if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of positions in that office to be filled by the election, no election shall be held for such office, and the candidates shall assume the responsibilities of their offices at the same time and in the same manner as if they had been elected.”
Senate Bill 593 passed in 2014 expanded this option to include municipalities with populations less than 1,000, which would include all Scotland County urban centers other than Memphis.
Dodge noted that for Arbela, Rutledge, Gorin or Granger to participate, the municipal boards for each entity must submit to the voters at any available election, a question to adopt the provisions of the statute, which would require a majority vote by the qualified voters of the town in question to allow the community not to host an election when there are no contested races. Such an issue would sunset every six years, requiring another vote to continue the process.