Contested seats highlight election Tuesday

Tuesday, April 5, is election day.

The main thing to be decided is the question of whether the Webb City R-7 School Board can proceed with its plan to issue $11 million in bonds to pay for expansion and renovation projects at the high school. 

The board can issue the bonds without a tax increase.

If not for the bond issue, the school district wouldn’t have to be on the ballot because the two incumbents, Dan McGrew and Stephen Crane, are unopposed. 

Superintendent Tony Rossetti explains that if a district has an issue on the ballot it also has to put board candidates on the ballot, even if they are unopposed.

Webb City

Webb City voters have a choice for mayor. Incumbent Lynn Ragsdale is challenged by Jonathan Shull, a City Council member representing the 3rd Ward.

The four city council incumbents whose terms are ending are all unopposed for re-election. They are, Ray Edwards (1st Ward), Alisa Barroeta (2nd Ward), Jerry Fisher (3rd Ward), and Jim Dawson (4th Ward).

Carterville

There are eight candidates for four open seats on the Carterville City Council.

Only one incumbent, Jason Meyer (2nd Ward), is unopposed.

There are three candidates in the 3rd Ward, which has been short a council representative since Preston Reynolds moved out of town. Seeking to fill the vacant seat are Laura Evans, Bryan Crane and Justin Lawson.

Warren Myers (1st Ward) is opposed by Darlene Taylor, and Cris Henkle (4th Ward) is opposed by Alison Pendergrass.

Oronogo

Oronogo Mayor Charles Wilkins is up for re-election. He’s unopposed on the ballot, but there may be a write-in campaign.

Board of Aldermen incumbents Mark Lloyd (1st Ward) and Kima Francis (3rd Ward) are unopposed.

Tammy Talent, the 2nd Ward incumbent did not file for re-election. Her successor will be decided by write-in votes.

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