Several Newton County communities will have their choice of school board and city council candidates this spring, when residents take to the polls for the general municipal election on Tuesday, April 2.
Candidate filing closed on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The following is a round-up of local candidates who will appear on the April ballot.
The citizens of Diamond's west ward will choose between Brenda Schmitt and Jennifer A. Towe for a single two-year seat on the Diamond Board of Aldermen this April. Shane Hunter, current mayor, is not facing competition in his re-election bid. Billie Jo Hardy is also running unopposed for a two-year term representing the east ward.
Meanwhile, the Diamond R-4 School Board has two, three-year terms up for grabs this April, and four district residents have filed for those seats.
Candidates include former school board member Beth Nickolaisen, incumbent John Littlefield, Max Struewing and Chris Macy.
Only two candidates have entered the race for Fairview City Council this year, and both will appear unopposed on the April 2 ballot. Pam McNee has filed for a two-year term representing the south ward, while Florence Belt is seeking a two-year term representing the north ward. Both candidates are incumbents.
This April, the citizens of Granby will decide three races, including a four-person contest for a two-year term as mayor. The mayor's race is made up of Ronald L. Arnall, Craig W. Hopper, Paul Ferguson and Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt. Current mayor Donna Fullerton will not seek re-election.
In the north ward, incumbent Melinda Stribling will face off against Travis Gamble for a two-year term on the Granby City Council. Meanwhile, Ira Hawkins is running unopposed for a two-year term representing the south ward. Incumbent south ward councilman Tom Cole did not file for re-election.
The city will also choose between two candidates for the position of city collector. Incumbent Sharon Stephenson is being challenged by George Kelly.
EAST NEWTON R-6 SCHOOL DISTRICT
The East Newton R-6 school board has two, three-year terms up for grabs this spring. Candidates include incumbents Mark Knight and Keith Guinn and challengers Vicky Rawlins and Martin Luther Dzerzhinsky Lindstedt.
Voters will also decide on a school district proposition, which asks that voters allow the district's operating levy to be set between $2.75 to $3.25, with a phase-in of 25 cents this year and 25-cent phase-in in 2014. If approved the levy could be adjusted as the financial needs of the district change.
The Neosho City Council has two incumbents up for re-election this spring and both will appear unopposed on the April ballot.
Councilman Tom Workman is seeking his second three-year term on the council, while mayor pro tem Steve Hart is seeking his first full three-year term. He has served since April 2011, filling two separate unexpired terms.
Page 2 of 2 - Meanwhile, the Neosho R-5 School District is sure to have at least one new board member elected this April, as board vice president Chris Parks opted not to seek re-election this year, following six years on the board.
Board secretary Mike Stauffer has filed for re-election and will seek his second three-year term.
Also vying for the two, three-year board positions are Jonathan Russell, David Pevahouse and William G. Weber.
The Seneca City Council has three two-year terms up for grabs this April.
Three Seneca residents, B.J. Baca, Bob Wilson, and Donald Ackerson, have filed for the seat representing ward one. That seat was previously held by Mayor Mark Bennett. However, that seat came open in April 2012 when Bennett was elected as mayor. Former councilman John Adams was then appointed by council members to fill the one-year unexpired term.
In the race for ward two, incumbent and mayor pro-tem Cecil Vance is facing two challengers, Skyler Jones and Bruce Jeffers. Incumbent Hack Zane, representing ward three, is running unopposed.
In the Seneca R-7 School District race there are two, three-year terms being sought by four candidates. Incumbent Roger Robertson is seeking re-election against challengers Lee Hall, Suzanne Brown, and Frank Ikerd.
WESTVIEW C-6 SCHOOL DISTRICT
Three Westview district residents are seeking two, three-year terms on the Westview C-6 School Board this spring. Appearing on the April ballot will be Max Drake, Michele Babbitt and Amber Haase.