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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Several races on McDonald County ballot

  • McDonald County voters will take to the polls April 2 to determine the outcome of local city council races, a three-way race for the McDonald County R-1 School Board and a proposed school district bond issue.
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  • PINEVILLE — McDonald County voters will take to the polls April 2 to determine the outcome of local city council races, a three-way race for the McDonald County R-1 School Board and a proposed school district bond issue.
    In Goodman, voters are set to decide between keeping incumbent mayor Greg Richmond or replacing him with challenger J.R. Fisher. Richmond defeated Fisher for the two-year mayor term in the April 2011 election.
    Goodman voters will also decide between three candidates in the running to represent the city's north ward on the Goodman Board of Aldermen.
    Kristin Lett, incumbent, has filed for re-election, and is being challenged by Crystal Vaughan and Alice Wilson-Kezar.
    In the south ward, incumbent Bill Hess is running unopposed.
    Both board positions are for two-year terms.
    The city's current tax collector, Dawn Bunch, has also filed for re-election. No one has filed to run against her.
    In Anderson, the city council race will be fairly quiet this April. Incumbent councilman Chester Neel, representing the west ward, is running unopposed for re-election to his seat.
    Gene Cantrell is also running uncontested for a seat representing Anderson's east ward.
    Both seats are for two-year terms.
    In Pineville, voters will decide a three-way race to select the councilman representing the city's north ward. Jeff Slish, incumbent, opted not to seek re-election. The three candidates seeking to fill his seat are Larry Henson, Jim Gray, and Gregg Sweeten.
    Meanwhile, only one Pineville resident has filed to represent the city's south ward. Ann Crowder-Sanders, incumbent, is seeking re-election to her council seat without contest.
    Both Pineville council seats are for two-year terms.
    Three candidates will also appear on the April ballot, in a race to fill two three-year terms on the McDonald County R-1 School Board.
    Incumbents Chris Smith and Frank Woods have filed for re-election and are being challenged by Camille Graves.
    The McDonald County R-1 School District will also have a bond issue appearing on the April ballot to help fund the construction of FEMA shelters at Southwest City and Pineville campuses.
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    More information on that bond issue will be in an upcoming edition of the Neosho Daily News.

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