The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 3, 2013

Incumbents, newcomer elected to Neosho board

By Roger McKinney

NEOSHO, Mo. — Voters in the Neosho School District on Tuesday returned incumbent Mike Stauffer to another term on the Board of Education, with 539 votes.

The numbers are final, unofficial vote totals from Newton and McDonald counties.

Voters also elected Jonathan Russell to the second open position on the school board, with 410 votes. William Weber had the third-highest vote total with 384. David Pevahouse received 134 votes.

Russell, 33, of rural Neosho, works in sales for a construction company. This was his first election campaign.

“I’m excited to get to work,” Russell said. “Neosho is really growing.”

He said he wants to work toward a better relationship with Crowder College and that he will work with other board members to solve the crowding situation in the schools.

Stauffer, 47, of rural Neosho, works in sales. He is finishing his first term on the school board.

“I look forward to serving the Neosho School District and the community for another three years,” he said. “I appreciate everyone’s support.”

He also said continuing to work with other board members to address the space situation in the schools is a goal.

Incumbent board member Chris Parks didn’t seek re-election.