Election will be Jan. 27-31
Nominees have been selected to run for seats on the University of Missouri Phelps County Extension Council.
The deadline for people interested in running for election to the council was Dec. 20.
There was only one nomination for a council member from District One. That was E. Michael Collins.
In District Two, nominations for four people were received — Francis (Frank) C. Furman, Daniel Barton Oerther, Sherie Senne and Barry White.
Additional nominations may be made by petition of 25 or more qualified voters, filed with the Extension Council within 20 days after the publication of the notice of election (See page 4B of this issue).
There will be two 2-year terms and 1 one-year term being elected from each district.
In the past, Extension Council members were elected from three districts in the county — Rolla, East District, West District — but a motion approved by Phelps County Commissioners in late June 2013 reduced the number of districts to two that mirror the county commission districts.
Phelps County residents of voting age will have the opportunity to vote and elect members in their district to the Extension Council the week of Jan. 27-31, 2014.
Voting can be done in person at the University of Missouri Extension office located in the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla, the Phelps County clerk’s office at the courthouse and Newburg City Hall.
There is also an option to vote online from 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The online ballot can be found at extension.missouri.edu/phelps and then choosing County Elections on the left hand side of the page.
After the election, each district will have five members represented on the Extension Council for a total of 10 elected members, a reduction from 11 members. There are also an additional four appointed members to the council.
Extension Council members assist in planning and carrying out Extension educational programs to improve people’s lives.
As public officials, council members administer a local budget to support education that meets people’s highest priorities. The council meets the second Monday of each month.
Local programs in Phelps County include parenting classes, youth development, family life, budgeting, financial literacy, 4-H, Master Gardener’s program, child care provider classes, starting a business, diabetes management classes and the food nutrition education program held in the schools.