OREGON COUNTY -- Municipal and school board elections will be held in Oregon County April 4.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said filings for county boards and the Thayer Special Road District will be in his office through Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.
The Oregon County Ambulance District will have two positions on the ballot. Those positions are the District 1 position currently held by Claire Williams and the District 4 position now held by Dorothy Ellis. Hensley said both positions are three-year terms.
The Oregon County Water District will have two positions on the election ballot, the District 1 position now held by Dale J. Johnson and the District 5 position held by Greg Kirkpatrick. Oregon County Water District secretary Donna Gum said Kirkpatrick has filed for re-election. Gum said both are three-year terms. Those wishing to file for either position on the water district board should call Gum at 417-764-3759.
The Thayer Special Road District will have one position open. It is now held by Dr. Howard (Ernie) Mainprize who has already filed for re-election. The county clerk said the Oregon County Health Department will have no positions open on the board of directors.
In municipal filings, the city of Alton will have two aldermen seats on the ballot. The North Ward alderman seat, which was vacated in October by Bill Martin who took a job with the city, will be on the ballot. The South Ward alderman seat now held by Bill Young will also be on the ballot. Alton Municipal Clerk Dinah Slaughter said Young has filed for re-election to his position.
The mayor's seat at Alton currently held by Richard Haigwood will be on the ballot. Slaughter said no one has filed for the mayor's seat yet. The last day for filing in the city of Alton will be Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Alton City Hall. Slaughter said all positions in the city are two-year terms.
The city of Thayer will have two positions on the ballot. The North Ward alderman seat now held by Fern Hickinbotham and the South Ward alderman seat held by Steve Alford will be on the April ballot. Thayer Municipal Clerk Rosie Simpson said both incumbents have filed for their respective positions. Simpson said Mike Harbor has filed for the North Ward seat and Johnny Jewell has filed for the South Ward seat.
The city of Koshkonong will have three positions open on the ballot. The mayor's position now held by Rose VanDiver, the Ward 1 alderman seat held by Geneva Bernard and the Ward 2 alderman seat held by Brian Willbanks. All three positions are two-year terms. Anyone interested in filing for one of the three Koshkonong municipal positions may do at Koshkonong City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday through Jan. 17.
School board elections will also be held across the county April 4. All positions open at the four schools in the county are three-year terms.
Alton School Board Secretary Barbara Cotton said the Alton School Board has two seats to be filled. Those seats are currently held by Brad Alexander, who has filed for re-election, and Larry Rowe. Cotton said Edd Hatten has also filed for one of the school board seats.
In the Couch School District, Couch School Board Secretary Donna Honeycutt said the school board seats now held by Kim O'Neill and Jeff Kornegay will be on the ballot.
At Koshkonong, the school board seats currently held by Kevin Kazen and Bobbie Ball will be on the ballot. Koshkonong School Board Secretary Darlene Crews said Kazen has filed for re-election and Marcus Reynolds has filed for one of the school board seats.
Thayer School Board Secretary Janet Grooms said Thayer will also have two positions open on the school board. Those seats are now held by Shelley Hollis, who has filed for re-election, and Doyle Fink.
Anyone interested in filing for any of the Oregon County school board positions should do so Monday-Friday through Jan. 17 in the superintendent's office in the school district where the school patron resides.
As of press time, the only possible issue that may appear on the spring election ballot is a sales tax issue in the city of Thayer.
Thayer Community Betterment Association President Bob Eckman said Jan. 5 that he was going to get with other TCBA members and see what their thoughts are on placing the issue on the April ballot.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said as of Jan. 5 he has not been notified about any tax issue from any community in the county being placed on the ballot. Hensley said the TCBA would have to do as they did in the past and use the Thayer City Council to place the issue on the ballot. He said the council will have until Jan. 24 to contact his office regarding the tax issue.