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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Newton County casts vote

  • Results and reaction from newly elected officials in Fairview, Granby, Seneca, East Newton and Goodman


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  • For a write-in candidate who only joined the race in March, Sid Oliver is excited to still be Fairview’s mayor.
    Appointed in 2004, Oliver won his second contested mayoral race last night.
     “I am very honored,” Oliver said. “Thanks, everybody, for their support and their faith, their faith in me.”
    Oliver ran as a write-in candidate against Brandie Parker. Oliver garnered 71 votes to Parker’s 39 votes.
    “I kind of wanted to find out on my court case, make sure that everything there was going to go the way that we thought it was going to go, before I put in. Then I wanted to see what my opposition was going to be,” he said.
    Asked if he was watching the race, Oliver said, “Yes and no, I knew that we had it if we had the voter turnout. I knew that the townspeople were behind me, but I did not how many of them were going to show up to vote.”
    Oliver is looking forward to his term of mayor again.
    “(My goals) are to try to get the city back on track and reunited,” he said.
    In the mayor’s race, there were two write-in candidates — Oliver and candidate Jimmie Gordon. Mayoral candidate Brandie Parker received 39 votes and there were 72 write-in votes, 71 of those votes went to Oliver, and Gordon received no votes.
    In Fairview’s south ward, Anita Savage won with 46 votes over Tim Brown’s 11 votes. In the north ward, Jody Sanders won with 41 votes over Mickey Schouten’s two votes.
    Around the county voters weighed in on school board and city government elections.
    GRANBY
    Granby voters chose experience, voting in council members R.L. Arnall and Bill Cooper and former mayor and council member George Kelly.
    In the north ward, Arnall, the incumbent, won over challenger and fellow council member Jeremy Hopper 84 votes to 30. Hopper, appointed to his north ward seat after the last election, chose to run for the two-year term instead of the one-year seat. Running for Hopper’s empty seat were former alderman George Kelly and Melinda Stribling. Kelly won 62 to 43.
    Arnall has been on the council for 19 years. With the re-election, his plan remains the same: city streets, gas and water improvements and doing what the people want.
    “We just need to continue and have better city government,” Arnall said.
    In the south ward, incumbent Bill Cooper took a landslide win over opponent Martin Lindstedt with 123 votes to 14.
    All day, friends stopped by and jokingly told Cooper they were on their way to vote for his opponent and he said he was happy and surprised to receive so many votes. He says he will continue to try to do what the people want and says he receives calls from both north and south ward.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I think things will turn around now instead of being one-sided as it was,” Cooper said. “I think everything is for the best of Granby.”
    SENECA
    Two seats were up for election on the Seneca R-7 School Board. Board member Harold DeVoe’s term was up for re-election and board president Bill Lant’s seat was open. Lant has entered the race for state representative. Candidates for the race were DeVoe, Randy Spaulding, Richard Rawlins, Roger Robertson and David Pickering.
    Voters chose Pickering and Robertson. Pickering received 298 votes, Robertson 263, incumbent DeVoe took 178 votes, Spaulding had 175 and Rawlins had 140.
    “I’m honored by the number of people that voted for me and I do not take that lightly,” Pickering said.
    Budget, he says, will be the chief issue for the board in the next few years. The district has anticipated cuts and he hopes there will be no surprises, but said he plans to bring a healthy dose of common sense to the table.
    “I realize we’ve got some work ahead of us as far as budget items,” Pickering said.
    Robertson also pointed to the budget as the number one priority and said the district will soon begin the hard process of trying to get a little more out of a little less. He was pleased with the voter turnout in an election that had no bond issue or hotly contested race – other than the school board – to draw voters.
    “I’m happy to see what I would consider a higher than I expected voter turnout,” Robertson said. “I think it shows interest from the community in school system that the turnout was high.”
    EAST NEWTON
    Voters kept the two senior members of the East Newton R-6 School District in Tuesday’s election. 
    Board president Mark Knight and Keith Guinn have both held their seats for the past nine years. Knight was elected with 374 votes and Guinn with 304 – narrowly edging out challenger Russell “Rusty” Deman who came in with 293 votes.  Doug Harper received 215 votes.
    GOODMAN 
    No challengers were listed in the Goodman races and two aldermen retained their seats on the board.
    In the north ward, alderman Greg Richmond received 34 votes with three challenging write-ins. In the south ward, alderman Keith Kohley received 15 votes.
    Other city votes included municipal judge, where Clyde Davidson was re-elected with 52 votes. Tax collector Dawn Bunch was appointed to her position last year and she received 53 votes to finish out her term.
     

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