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Voters have few candidates to choose

The only contested race in the city in Tuesday’s election will be for the open city council seat in Ward III. Incumbent Dennis Smith is not running for re-election. Trying for the two-year seat are local business owners Jeannie Roberts and Bob Satterthwaite.

Roberts has been a resident of Farmington for most of her life. A Farmington High School graduate, she attended the University of Missouri at Columbia. She currently serves on the board for both the Downtown Development Association and the Mineral Area Council of the Arts. She is the owner of Botanique’s on the Square, and she and her husband, Clinton, have four children and seven grandchildren.

Issues important to Roberts include improvements on local parks as well as expansion in the areas of the airport and firehouse. She also sees the importance of expansion in keeping up with the growth of the area, the importance of the courthouse annex in Farmington, and sees the need for the city to address the radon level in the water system.

“I have a great deal of interest in this town,” Roberts said. “I think we need more women active in local government. We see things quite differently.”

Bob Satterthwaite is the other candidate for the open council seat. He has been a Farmington resident since 1971. Satterthwaite has served on the Farmington School Board, Police Personnel Board and on the Farmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Satterthwaite worked for Sears for 27 years and now owns a commercial floor cleaning maintenance company. He and his wife, Lynette, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Issues important to Sattherwaite include continued industrial growth in the city and the importance of good planning and zoning ordinances to maintain and promote growth, both commercial and residential. In addition, he would also propose new taxes only after it is clear taxation is the only available route. He also sees his years of retail experience, organization involvement and “good common sense” would be of benefit to the council.

“I want to see Farmington continue to progress and be stable as far as industry moving into the area and strong retail growth,” he said. “I love this community and would like to put something back. I think this is a good way to do that.”

In the election for the Farmington R-7 School Board, three seats are open. Incumbents Randy Rains and Larry Sebastian filed for re-election, with incumbent Chris Wigger not filing. Retired school teacher and former board member Jim Ragland filed for election, resulting in no contests for the three seats.

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