The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2013

Carl Junction residents go to polls for school board and alderman

By Ryan Atkinson
rrichardson@joplinglobe.com

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Residents in Carl Junction were voting Tuesday for five alderman positions, with one contested race in Ward II between incumbent Tim Smith and Michael Burns. Two seats for the Carl Junction School Board are also in play, with incumbents Larry Cowger and Bonnie Stutesman running along with Frank Pittman.

Claudia Cox, who works at Riverton School, said that she voted for Cowger and Stutesman, the two incumbents, for school board, in addition to Sean Haase for Ward I.

“I want to see the incumbents back in their seats for the school board,” Cox said. “I believe voting is my civic duty and I hope more people come out today to vote for things like that.”

Judy Barger, a retired resident of Carl Junction, voted for Cowger and Stutesman for school board and Robert cook for Ward II alderman. Though her council race was not contested, she voted in the election as part of what she called her “civic duty.”

“I always vote in every election,” Barger said. “It is an honor that a lot of countries don’t have. I vote in every election that I can because I feel that our voice needs to be heard on every level.”