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Filings close for April election

Tuesday was the last day to file for municipal and school board positions. Elections will be held April 7.

St. Francois County

Two more have filed for the St. Francois County Ambulance District 5 seat, making it a three-way fight. Incumbent David Kater’s challengers are Jason (Stammy) Stam and LuAnn Patterson. The winner will serve a three-year term.

Incumbent J.D. Hodge has filed for a three-year term for Ambulance District 2.

St. Francois County Road District 2

Incumbent Dennis Johnson has filed for the three-year term as commissioner of the St. Francois County Road District 2.

Health Board

The St. Francois County Health Board has three four-year terms open. Incumbents Ron Bockenkamp and John “Jack” Poston have both filed, along with former Health Center Director Diane Williams.

North County

Five people are seeking the two seats available on the North County school board. On the list are Incumbent Jack Poston, Janet Barton, Mark Westbrooks, and Terry Cole. Charlie Farr, who holds the other seat, has decided not to run. Allen Baranovic filed, but then decided to withdraw his name.

Bismarck School District

The Bismarck School Board has two seats up for election in April. The three-year terms of Stanley Jackson and Marshall Latham are both set to expire. Jackson and Latham have both filed for re-election. Glen Ketcherside and Dennis Blunt have also filed for the seats.

Central School District

The Central School District has two seats up for election in April. The three-year terms of Jack Marler and Dooley Politte will expire. Politte has filed for re-election. Ronnie Calvird, Jeff Cunningham, Dallas Bryant and Ed Gammon have filed for the seats.

Farmington School District

Five people have filed for the two seats up for grabs. Incumbents Dennis Robinson and Angela Hahn have filed to retain their seats, but they will be opposed by David Buerck, John Sanders and Jane Bates.

Mineral Area College

Five people have filed for open seats on the Mineral Area College Board of Trustees. In Subdistrict 1, which includes the Fredericktown area, William Wright has filed along with Kent Marler and Scott Sikes. In Subdistrict 2, only incumbent Sally Parker-Nash has filed.

Bonne Terre

In Bonne Terre, Incumbent LeeRoy Calvert and Kevin Andres have filed for Ward I while incumbent Cindy Driemeier and Stan Janis have filed for Ward III.


Desloge has three aldermen seats and the mayor’s position up for election. Ward I Alderman Jim “Yogi” Jones’ term is set to expire as is that of Ward II Alderman Chris Gremminger. Gremminger and Jones have filed for re-election. Ward III Alderman Jerry “Hoghead” Hulsey’s seat is also up for election. Hulsey has also filed for re-election. Phillip Goggin has filed for the Ward III seat. Mayor David Kater’s term is also set to expire. Kater has filed for re-election to his mayoral position. All of the terms are for two years.


It appears that Leadington will have a new mayor in April. Alderman Troy Dickens has signed up for mayor and Mayor Larry Kennon has announced he will not seek re-election. In addition to Kennon’s position, the Ward I Alderman seat of Jim Hurt is set to open, as is the Ward II Alderman seat of Katrina Wakefield. Both Hurt and Wakefield have filed for re-election. The terms are for two years.


The City of Bismarck has two alderman seats up for election in April. The seats of Ward I Alderman LaDonna Haefner and Ward II Alderman Carol Baker are both up for election. Haefner has filed for re-election to her seat. Ryan Cantrell, Kim Gibbons and Mark McKinney have also filed for the seat. Baker has filed for re-election. Steve Creek is challenging for the seat.


Mayor Jeannie Roberts is facing two opponents at this time. Current Councilman Stuart “Mit” Landrum has filed and indicated he wants a chance at the mayor’s seat to help to spark economic development in the community once again. Businessman Keith Lay has also filed for the position. 

Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Firehammer has filed for a second term, as has Ward 3 Councilman Dennis Smith and Ward 4 Councilman Brad Covell. Covell is being challenged by Joe McMillian. Ward 2 Councilwoman Vonne Phillips has said she will not seek re-election. Debbie Wilson and Robert Bone Jr. have filed for the Ward 2 seat.

Kevin Karracker is also up for re-election for the office of City Attorney.

Iron Mountain Lake

Iron Mountain Lake has several positions open in the April election. Mayor Jodi Niccum’s term is set to expire. He was appointed mayor in July after Michael M. Juenger resigned. Niccum has filed for re-election. Whoever wins the mayoral election will serve out a one-year term. Eugene Henson has also filed for mayor.

Ward II Alderman Phil Fox’s term is also set to expire. He has filed for re-election for another two-year term. Linda Dicus is challenging him for the seat. An additional one-year term is also available for Ward II. Linda Miller, Allen Grafton and Brian Goodman have filed for the seat.

Ward I Alderman Donnie May’s term is also set to expire. May filed for re-election for another two-year term. Josh Skaggs and Glen Smith are vying for one-year unexpired term in Ward I. Nancy Anderson is running for a two-year term in Ward I.

There are two vacant seats for Ward III. One is for a one-year term while the other is for a two-year term. Brian Schmaltz has filed for the two-year term. Becky Leija has filed for the one-year term.

Park Hills

The mayor’s seat and one seat in each of four City Council wards will be on the ballot for Park Hills. John A. Hagerty, Charles Politte and Ward II Councilman David Easter have filed for the mayor’s seat, currently held by John Clark.

Tracy M. McRaven has filed for the Ward I Council seat currently held by Jeff Cunningham. 

Ward II incumbent Linda Dickerson has filed for re-election. Kurt Glore and Bob L. Vineyard Jr. also have filed for that seat.

 In Ward III, incumbent Tom Reed has filed for re-election. Jarred Wampler and Joshua Hemmendinger also have filed for that seat.

Incumbent Lawrence “Larry” R. Kelly has filed for re-election in Ward IV.

West County School Board

Two, three-year terms will be on the ballet for West County School Board. Incumbents John French and Rick Lawson have filed for re-election. Jon Barlow and Dylan Callahan also have filed.


Incumbent Ward I Allen Dalton has filed for re-election for the two-year term and Kenneth Crick has filed for one-year Ward I seat. Crick recently was appointed to the seat until April, after Alderman Patty Stahlman resigned. Mayor Jeff Mahurin has filed for re-election. Bill Link also has filed for that office.

Incumbent Donnie Eaton has filed for re-election in Ward II.

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