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Parks, Holdman win council races

There were two contested races for Farmington City Council during the April 3 municipal elections.

Elected for a two-year term for the Ward I seat was Adam Parks. He received 56 votes, followed by Cody Eaves with 24 votes, Paul M. Lodge with 14 votes and one write-in vote. Eaves was appointed to the seat last April by Mayor Larry Forsythe to fill his unexpired term after he was elected mayor.

In Ward III, incumbent Darrel Holdman received 55 votes and Johnny Barton III received 24 votes. 

Running unopposed for the seat in Ward II was Dr. Dennis Robinson and in Ward IV was Tom Joyce. Robinson received 115 votes, with two write-in votes. Joyce received 82 votes, with four write-in votes.

Two candidates filed to fill seats on the Farmington R-7 School District Board of Education for the April 3 election. The three-year terms of Dolores Howard and Jeff Lawson expire this spring.

Candidates, in order of filing, were Kurt Bauche and incumbent Howard. The district did not hold an election for School Board members this year since the number of candidates filed is equal to the number of positions on the board. The candidates will be sworn into office at a special board reorganization meeting held in the 14-day period after the April 3 election commences.

Despite occasional thunderstorms and a number of precincts in the county closed due to having no issues on the ballot, many voters still came out Tuesday to have their say about city government, school boards and bond issues.

Out of 22,727 registered voters in the county, 2,213 ballots were cast in the municipal election, making for a voter turnout of 9.74 percent.

“The election went real well today considering we didn’t have anybody (contested) on the ballot for the Farmington School District,” said St. Francois County Clerk Mark Hedrick. “We had people come in to vote, but of course they didn’t have anything to vote on. North County School District was the same thing. People came in to vote, but they didn’t have anything to vote on.

“Otherwise, everything went good. Some of the areas were really, really slow. Other areas were up quite a bit — like the Park Hills area and Bismarck area. They had pretty good issues on the ballot, so they had what I’d consider to be a good turnout for an April election.”

According to Hedrick, voter turnout of around 10 percent is normal for municipal elections in St. Francois County.

“The ones that had something on the ballot pulled everybody up,” he said. “I don’t think the weather had any effect at all. It looks to me that everybody got out to vote that wanted to vote.”

Adam Parks

Adam Parks

Darrel Holdman

Darrel Holdman

Daily Journal Reporter Kevin R. Jenkins contributed to this story.

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