Candidate filing period opens Dec. 17 for April 7 election
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the April 7, 2020, general municipal election for openings on school, city and public boards in Ozark County opens Tuesday, Dec. 17, and continues through Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Candidates may file at the appropriate organization’s office. However, schools and offices will be closed during the holidays. Candidates are advised to call the school or municipal office where they plan to file to verify holiday closure dates.
Those who are not yet registered to vote have until Wednesday, March 11, 2020, to register to vote in the April 7 municipal election. For more information, contact the Ozark County Clerk’s office at 679-3516.
• Bakersfield: Three three-year positions and one two-year position are coming open. The three-year terms of Matthew Evans, Mike Scott and Tim Watlington are expiring. A two-year position is also open to fill the seat currently held by Johnathan Belt, who can no longer serve due to a change in employment. Board members whose positions are not expiring are Bruce Bales, Johnathan Lashley and Chris Bales. Those who wish to file should visit the superintendent’s office. The school will be closed for the Christmas holidays and during some days of inclement weather. Call 417-284-7333 for more information.
• Dora: Three three-year positions are coming open, those held by Ed Lee, Cass Martin and Lindsey Collins. Board members whose positions are not expiring are Robert Lee, Tim Masters, Lynda Smith and Terry Martin. Visit the school’s main office to file; call 417-261-2346 for more information and to verify the district’s holiday closure dates.
• Gainesville: Three three-year positions are coming open, those held by Jerry Kiger, Corey Hillhouse and Marti Warden. Board members whose terms are not expiring are Jabet Wade, Mason Eslinger, Heather Bushner and Robbie Walrath. School office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The school will be closed Dec. 23- Jan. 3, Jan. 17 and Jan. 20. Call 417-679-4200 for more information.
• Lutie: Three three-year positions are coming open, those held by Chuck Myers, Julie Vaught and Bill Conklin. Board members whose positions are not expiring are Ric Engelhardt, Jennifer Garrison, Carl Kruger and Suzanne Meeks. Call 417-273-4274 for more information.
Thornfield: Three three-year positions are coming open, those held by Terry Ewing, Donnie Cunningham and Travis Tucker. Other board members whose positions are not expiring are Darrin Clayton, Greg Prock, Daniel Collins and Shane Funk. Call 417-265-3368 for more information.
City of Bakersfield: Three two-year terms on the city council are expiring, positions currently held by Tony Johnson (mayor), Jodi Burns and Stephanie Guffey. Other council members whose terms are not expiring are Erin Bonham (mayor protem) and Dianna Stover. Call 417-284-7238 for more information.
City of Gainesville: The position of mayor, currently held by Gail Reich, and three two-year city council terms are coming open, those held by West Ward alderman Rocky Sullivan, Center Ward alderman Lee Bowen and East Ward alderman Lana Bushong. Council members whose positions are not expiring are West Ward alderman Shane Ledbetter, Center Ward alderman Treva Warrick and East Ward alderman Dana Crisp. Candidates may file at Gainesville City Hall on the northwest corner of the square during business hours (8 a.m. to noon and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays). The office is closed most state and federal holidays and any other holidays designated by the city. Call 417-679-4858 for more information.
Theodosia Village: Three two-year positions are coming open on the Theodosia Board of Trustees, the seats currently held by Randal Unruh, Jerry Smith and Mike Allen. Board members whose positions are not expiring are Brett Cook and Paul Dettinger. Candidates may file in the Village Hall, which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 417-273-4830 for more information.
Public Water Supply District #1: Two three-year positions are expiring, those held by Mike Cronce and Dale Cutbirth. Other board members are Ric Engelhardt (board president), Connie Johns and Suzanne Meeks. File at the district office, 85 Westwood in Theodosia, or call 417-273-4825 for more information.