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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • 12 percent voter turnout expected Tuesday

  • An estimated 12 percent of registered voters in Phelps County are expected to turn out to the polls in Tuesday's election, according to County Clerk Carol Bennett.
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  • An estimated 12 percent of registered voters in Phelps County are expected to turn out to the polls in Tuesday's election, according to County Clerk Carol Bennett.
    As of the time the ballots were ordered for the April 2 general municipal election, there were 28,631 registered voters in the county, Bennett said. A 12 percent turnout means that about 3,436 voters are expected to cast ballots.
    Bennett said in this election, there were 178 absentee ballots requested. The deadline to vote absentee is Monday, April 1, at 5 p.m. As of Thursday morning, 134 absentee ballots had been returned.
    The county clerk's office will be open Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee balloting. In order to be counted, absentee ballots must be received in the clerk's office, 200 N. Main St., Rolla, no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.
    Bennett said there have been no changes to polling places since the November 2012 election. Polling places can be found in Thursday's legal section of The Rolla Daily News or on the county election's website, www.phelpscounty.org/links/elections.htm.
    Municipal races
    Voters in four of Rolla's six wards will decide on two-way races for their representative on the Rolla City Council, while candidates in the other two wards are running unopposed. Rolla City Council members serve two-year terms.
    In Rolla Ward 3, Susan J. Eudaly, incumbent, is running against David B. Nenninger.
    In Rolla Ward 4, Louis J. Magdits, incumbent, and Mike Samaras are running against each other.
    In Rolla Ward 5, Carrolyn Bolin, incumbent, and Brian Woolley are both vying for the council seat.
    In Rolla Ward 6, Fran Mazanec, incumbent, is being challenged by Mark W. Walburg.
    Only one candidate filed each in Ward 1 and Ward 2. They were Rhonda Sue Myers, Ward 1, and Gregory M. Sawyer, Ward 2. Sawyer is an incumbent but Myers is not.
    In St. James, three of the four wards have unopposed races. St. James council members serve two-year terms.
    Incumbent Alan Sachs is running unopposed in Ward 1, and incumbent Jim W. White has no opposition for his seat in Ward 2. In Ward 3, Dale Everett Garver is running unopposed.
    In St. James Ward 4, Jim Morrison and Nathanael Siders are running against incumbent Don E. Moore.
    In the St. James municipal court judge race, incumbent Judge Richard A. Skouby has no opposition in Tuesday's election.
    On the Newburg City Council, council members serve two-year terms. Dallas M. McNew and Christopher G. Davis are vying for the Ward 1 council seat. Incumbent Randy Brinkley Sr. is running unopposed for his Ward 2 council seat.
    There are three seats up for election on the Doolittle Board of Aldermen — one from each of the city's three wards. Doolittle aldermen serve two-year terms.
    Page 2 of 3 - Billy Martin, incumbent, is running unopposed for the Ward 1 alderman seat.
    For the Ward 2 alderman seat, Brad Hilton, incumbent, is facing off against Earl Link.
    Sherry Pierce, incumbent, is facing off against Garry L. Duhadway Sr. for the Ward 3 seat.
    In Edgar Springs, the positions up for election Tuesday are mayor, one council member from the North Ward and one council member from the South Ward. Both the mayor and council members serve two-year terms.
    No candidate has filed for mayor, meaning the city's next mayor will be chosen by write-in vote.
    In the North Ward, Georgia Lucas, incumbent, is running against Amanda Melton. In the South Ward, Caroline Dunham, incumbent, is running unopposed.
    School, other races
    In the St. James School District, there are four candidates running for two open seats on the school board. School board members serve three-year terms.
    Tina M. Stowers, incumbent, Carl Behr, Errica Hartley and Tonia Yowell-Mendenhall are all vying for the two seats.
    Voters in the St. James School District also will vote on a school bond issue called Proposition K.I.D.S.S. for safety improvements and other renovations. This bond issue, if passed, will not increase the debt service levy. A fourth-sevenths majority is needed for passage.
    On the Newburg R-II School Board, three people are vying for two open seats. Voters in this district will choose among Clay Austin and Carol Fletcher, both incumbents, and Dennis Mesplay. Newburg School Board members serve three-year terms.
    On the Phelps County R-III School District Board, Eva Caroline Bradford, incumbent, along with Justin Burrus and Kim Porter are vying for two open seats. R-III school board members serve three-year terms.
    Additionally, R-III voters will decide on a school bond issue called Proposition Safety for safety improvements and other renovations. This bond issue, if passed, will not increase the debt service levy. A fourth-sevenths majority is needed for passage.
    Phelps County voters also will pick members to serve on the Phelps County Emergency Services Board (PCESB). Two of the candidates must live in District One of the county and the other two candidates must live in District Two.
    Stephen Zap, T.A. "Stoney" Byrne and Randy K. Barr are all running for two seats in District Two. No candidates filed for the two seats in District One, so the new members will be chosen by write-in votes. Candidates who win a majority of the votes do have the option to decline if they want to, Bennett said.
    Also two fire districts within the county are holding elections Tuesday.
    There are two open seats on the Duke Rural Fire Protection District. Wayne A. Strohschein was the only person to file. The second seat will be decided by write-in votes. Board members in this district serve six-year terms.
    Page 3 of 3 - Additionally, there are two open seats on the Edgar Springs Fire Protection District and only Lawrence A. Sutton has filed. The second seat will be decided by write-in votes.
    Because the same number of candidates filed for both the Rolla Board of Education and Phelps County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, no election will be held for those boards.
    Incumbents Jim Packard and Jamie Myers filed for the Rolla School Board and incumbent Dr. John Park filed for the hospital board.

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