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The Carthage Press
  • Elections set in cities, schools

  • The filing deadline passed on Tuesday and the ballots are set for the April 2 election for area city councils and school boards.
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  • The filing deadline passed on Tuesday and the ballots are set for the April 2 election for area city councils and school boards.
    Races have developed for two seats on the Carthage City Council, as well as for Mayor of Jasper, one seat on the Sarcoxie Board of Aldermen, the Jasper Board of Education and Sarcoxie Board of Education.
    No elections will be held for Carthage or Avilla boards of education.
    Carthage City Council
    People filing for the election at the deadline means that at least one person has filed for all five open ward seats on the Carthage City Council, and voters will face a choice between two people in two of the wards.
    Filings remained unchanged for Carthage Board of Education, with the incumbents running for two open seats.
    City Clerk Lynn Campbell said, two more people filed for office before the Tuesday election.
    Incumbents Lawrence Chapin in Ward 2, Dan Rife in Ward 4 and Ed Hardesty in Ward 5 will run unopposed for their seats.
    Two people each have filed for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 seats, setting up a choice for voters in those parts of the city.
    The incumbent Jim Swatsenbarg, 601 Howard St., will face Trevor C. Smith, 1124 Valley St., for the Ward 1 seat.
    Incumbent Steve Leibbrand, 1654 Connor Dr., will be challenged for the Ward 3 seat by Mike Hutton, 709 Florence St.
    The election will be held April 2.
    Carthage Board of Education
    The Carthage Board of Education will not have to hold an election this year.
    Incumbents Dr. Mark Westhoff and Justin Baucom were the only people to file for the two open three-year terms on the board.
    Jasper Board of Aldermen
    Jasper’s Mayor and two seats on the four-member Board of Aldermen are up for reelection this year.
    Incumbent Mayor Paul Nelson has filed for reelection and will face a challenger, Bill Hulstine.
    On the Board, Incumbent East Ward Alderman Mike Smith and Incumbent West Ward Alderman Mark Weng will run unopposed on the ballot for their seats.
    Jasper Board of Education
    Four people will run for the two open seats on the Jasper R-5 Board of Education.
    Challengers Alicia Rives and Matthew Dumm filed as well as incumbents Carolyn Corle and Joe Heger.
    The top two vote getters will take the three-year terms on the board.
    Sarcoxie Board of Aldermen
    Two seats, one in the East Ward and one in the West Ward, are up for reelection on the Sarcoxie Board of Aldermen.
    In Ward 1, Incumbent Johnny Mendera will face two challengers, Rick Mize and Alesha Harrison.
    Page 2 of 2 - Incumbent Cole Cummins is the only person who has filed for the Ward 2 seat and will appear on the ballot unopposed.
    Sarcoxie Board of Education
    Two three-year seats, currently held by Jeremy Caddick and John Lewis, are up for reelection on the Sarcoxie Board of Education.
    Lewis has filed for reelection along with J.T. Roberson, Gary Turner, and James (Jim) Acheson, who filed before the deadline.
    Avilla Board of Education
    Avilla will not have to have an election this year as two people have filed for the two open seats on the R-13 Board of Education incumbent Travis Gubser and newcomer Hal Andrews filed for the two three-year terms.
    Linda Fix, the other incumbent, did not file for reelection.

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