Seven Phelps County residents have expressed interest in running in the election next month to serve on the Phelps County board of the University of Missouri Extension Council.


Seven Phelps County residents have expressed interest in running in the election next month to serve on the Phelps County board of the University of Missouri Extension Council.
Three people from District One filed for three open seats available in that region. They are Jon Hartley,
Leah Isakson and Laura Lackey.
Four people from District Two filed for three open seats in that region. They are Francis (Frank) Chandler Furman, Windle Lloyd Jr., Joshua Ratliff and Payton Varner.
All seats up for election are for two-year terms. Hartley, Lackey and Ratliff all currently serve on the council.
The deadline to express interest in running for the advisory board was Dec. 19, but additional nominations may still be made by a petition of 25 or more qualified voters, filed with the Extension Council within 20 days after Dec. 27, 2014, when the notice of this election was publicized in The Rolla Daily News.
The upcoming Extension Council election to be held the week of Jan. 26-30, 2015, will be the second election held since the Phelps County Commission reduced the number of districts from three to two.
The Extension Council districts now mirror the county commission districts.
Each district has five members represented on the Extension Council for a total of 10 elected members.There are also an additional four appointed members to the council.
Phelps County residents who are age 18 and older can vote in the Extension Council election. People will be able to vote in person at various places around the county or vote online. More information on the election will be available closer to the time.
Council members assist in planning and carrying out Extension educational programs. As public officials, council members administer a local budget to support education.
Members of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Phelps County guide and direct Extension work within the county.
Local programs the UM Extension offers in Phelps County include: parenting classes, youth development, family life, budgeting, financial literacy, 4-H, Master Gardeners program, child care provider classes, starting a business: the first steps, diabetes management classes, and the Food Nutrition Education Program held in the schools.
For more information about the Extension Council, call 573-458-6260, visit  http://extension.missouri.edu/phelps or by visiting the Extension Center in person located in the Phelps County Courthouse at 200 N. Main St., Rolla.