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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Only 2 file for council

  • Candidate filing closed on Tuesday, with low turnout in the Neosho City Council and the Neosho R-5 School Board races.
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  • Candidate filing closed on Tuesday, with low turnout in the Neosho City Council and the Neosho R-5 School Board races.
    The Neosho City Council has two incumbents up for re-election this April, and it appears the two will have no trouble winning back their spots on the council.
    Councilman Tom Workman and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Hart were the only two that filed to appear on the April 2 ballot.
    Workman has served on the council since April 2010. He served as Neosho's mayor pro tem from April 2010 until April 2012, when councilman Steve Hart was elected to that role.
    Workman is seeking his second three-year term.
    Hart first joined the council in April 2011, and has since filled two unexpired terms. He is seeking his first full three-year term.
    He was first appointed to fill the unexpired term of former councilwoman Heather Bowers, who was removed from the council two years into her term.
    Then, in April 2012, Hart was elected to a one-year term, left from the unexpired term of former councilman Chris Wright, who was elected in April 2010 but resigned in January 2011, after accepting a job that took him out of town for extended periods of time.
    Council members at that time appointed David Ruth to fill the seat until the April 2012 election, at which time Ruth sought and was elected to a three-year term, while Hart was elected to the one-year term left on the seat previously filled by Wright and Ruth.
    Meanwhile, the Neosho R-5 School Board has attracted four candidates seeking the board's two open seats.
    The seats of board vice president Chris Parks and board secretary Mike Stauffer are up for grabs this April.
    Stauffer filed for re-election, while newcomers Jonathan Russell, David Pevahouse and William G. Weber have also filed.
    Parks did not seek re-election. He said his decision came in part because of time constraints due to his work as a mental health counselor in the Joplin R-8 School District.
    Parks said he also felt that while on the school board, they accomplished one of their largest tasks, selecting the new superintendent to lead the district.
    The board announced the selection of Dan Decker in December. He begins his duties July 1.
    "It was a great time, I loved it and I'll miss it," Parks said. "I learned a whole lot about the district and about education and hopefully I gave a piece back about what I know about kids and their needs. It was a good ride."
    Parks has served on the Neosho R-5 School Board since 2007, and is finishing up his second term on the board.
    Stauffer, meanwhile, is seeking his second term, having first been elected to the board in April 2010.
    Page 2 of 2 - Candidate filing for the April election opened on Dec. 11 and closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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