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The Carthage Press
  • Polls close at 7 p.m. on city council election

  • Carthage voters, along with voters in other cities around the state, are hitting the polls today to elect local offices to city councils and school boards.
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  • Carthage voters, along with voters in other cities around the state, are hitting the polls today to elect local offices to city councils and school boards.
    Voters in two Carthage city wards have choices between a challenger and an incumbent in today's election.
    It's the only election being held in Carthage because only the two incumbents filed for reelection to the Carthage School Board, meaning no election was required.
    On the Carthage City Council, there are five, open, two-year terms, with incumbents Lawrence Chapin in Ward 2, Dan Rife in Ward 4 and Ed Hardesty in Ward 5 running 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.
    Elections are also being held in Sarcoxie and Jasper for both city leadership positions and school board.
    There is no election in Avilla for school board because only two people filed for the two seats.
    Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. today.
    We did receive one final questionaries from candidate Trevor Smith over the weekend and we are running it here.

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