The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 21, 2014

Filing closes, setting ballot lineups for council, school board elections

The filing period closed Tuesday, setting the ballots for local city council and school board elections this spring.

Those contests will be decided, along with a number of other questions, in city and school elections set for April 8.

Eight people — two incumbents and six challengers — have filed for three open seats on the Joplin School Board. The incumbents are Randy Steele and Jeff Flowers. The challengers are Shawn McGrew, Lynda Banwart, Jeffry Koch, David Guilford, Debbie Fort and Shane Reed.

Incumbent Phil Willcoxon, who has served since April 2008, had said he did not intend to file for re-election.

Filing closed a week ago for seats on the Joplin City Council. Six candidates will compete for three general seats, and two incumbents will square off for a zone seat.


There are no contested races for any of the Carthage City Council posts, and two ward council seats have no candidates at all.

Mayor Mike Harris will seek a second term. Council incumbents seeking re-election are Kirby Newport, 1st Ward; Lee Carlson, 4th Ward; and Jason Shelfer, 5th Ward.

No candidates filed for the 2nd Ward post currently held by Donald McLaughlin, or for the 3rd Ward seat held until recently by John Studebaker, who resigned because he and his family have moved to Wisconsin.

Five residents have filed to seek the three seats to be decided on the Carthage School Board.

Candidates are incumbents Tony Diggs, Elizabeth Streich and Jeff Jones, and challengers Ken Hogan and Jennifer Lambeth.


One incumbent and two other candidates filed for three seats on the Neosho School Board. Candidates are Brett Day, a board incumbent, Kim Wood and Keri Collinsworth. Caroline Perigo and Lynn Otey also hold board seats set to expire with the April vote.

Residents will be deciding only one seat on the Neosho City Council. Charles Collinsworth, a council incumbent, has filed along with Heather Bowers, a former council member.

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