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April 8, 2014

Three incumbents returned to Carl Junction posts

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Voters in the Carl Junction area on Tuesday decided leadership positions on the Carl Junction School Board and City Council.

Four Carl Junction City Council seats were up for election, but voters had only one contest to decide.

Incumbent Tim Smith kept his 2nd Ward council seat with 78 votes, fending off challenge from Lela Nay, who polled 49 votes.

Smith, 57, was appointed to City Council a year and a half ago. He has lived in Carl Junction for about 15 years and works as a union operating engineer.

The remaining candidates were incumbents and unopposed: Don Marshall, 1st Ward; Mark Powers, 3rd Ward; and Roger Spencer, 4th Ward.

Three positions were filled on the Carl Junction School Board.

Two of the three incumbents whose seats were on the ballot -- Lisa Knutzen and Claudia Cox -- will remain on the school board.

Incumbent Glenn Coltharp, who received 587 votes in Jasper County and 2 votes in Newton County, was defeated by Travis Spencer, who polled 676 votes in Jasper County and one vote in Newton County.

Spencer, 37, has lived in Carl Junction most of his life. He attended Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University and earned a bachelorÕs degree in economics and finance. Spencer works at Pinnacle Bank in Joplin. This is his first elective office.

Knutzen, 53, received three votes in Newton County and 736 votes in Jasper County. She has lived in Carl Junction for 23 years and has served on the board since 1999.

Cox, 54, received two votes in Newton County and 728 votes in Jasper County. She has lived in Carl Junction for 50 years and has served on the board for 12 years.

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