The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 5, 2011

Carl Junction voters favor most incumbents

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Voters on Tuesday elected one challenger and returned two incumbents — including the mayor — to city offices. Three incumbents also were returned to the Carl Junction Board of Education.

In complete but unofficial returns, challenger Robert “Bob” Cook beat incumbent Walter Hayes by a vote of 76-64 to be 2nd Ward alderman.

Cook is a retired truck driver who worked for Yellow Freight for 30 years. This was his first bid for elective office. Hayes has been on the board for eight years.

“It might be the city was looking for a change,” Cook said.

Two incumbents, Mayor Michael “Mike” Moss and 3rd Ward Alderman Richard Zaccardelli, were returned to their seats. Moss received 483 votes, while his challenger, Randy Karst, had 141 votes.

“I just appreciate everybody in town that got out and voted,” Moss said. “I appreciate the vote of confidence.”

In the 3rd Ward race, Zaccardelli polled 250 votes, while his challenger, Donnie Rion, received 51 votes. Zaccardelli could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

In the school board race, incumbents Lisa Knutzen, Claudia Cox and Glenn Coltharp won three-year terms.

Their vote totals were Knutzen, 549; Cox, 541; and Coltharp, 481. Challenger Michelle Wingo received 348 votes, while Dick Burrows got 243 votes.

“I think it shows the confidence the voters have that we have a great working board that works well together,” Knutzen said.

She also said she believes it shows that the voters “are pleased with how the school district has been running.”

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