Filings open for April election

There are two contested races for seats on the Farmington City Council. Here are the candidates for the seats in Ward I and Ward III. Each seat is for a two-year term.

Ward I

Adam Parks

Contested races for Farmington City Council - Parks


Adam Parks, 25, is running for the seat in Ward I.

He said his family lives and works locally in the Farmington area. 

“Having grown up in Farmington, I completed grades K-12 and earned my high school diploma from Farmington High School. Once graduating from Farmington, I attended Southeast Missouri State University, where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Education, with emphasis in middle school social studies and science. I will be graduating in May of 2018 from the University of Missouri with a Master’s of Education in Information Science and Learning Technologies, with emphasis in technology in schools.”

He is currently a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association, the Missouri Council for the Social Studies, and the Missouri Biology Teachers Association.

“I have not held an elected office. However, through my studies and my career, I have not only learned about political science, but I have taught it to my students as well. I have attended multiple city council meetings not only out of personal interest, but to familiarize me with city government.”

“I grew up in Farmington and I have been a resident of Ward 1 my entire life. I have seen many changes and substantial growth of our city throughout the years. If I am elected as a councilor for Ward 1, I will voice the comments, concerns, and ideas of Ward 1’s residents to help continue the improvement of our city and make it a great place to live.”

John “Cody” Eaves

Contested races for Farmington City Council - Eaves


John “Cody” Eaves, 33, is currently holding the seat in Ward I. He was appointed to the seat in April of last year by Mayor Larry Forsythe following Forsythe’s election to mayor.

He is married to Amy Eaves of Farmington. They are the parents of Alec, 17; Alyssa, 13 and Johnny, 3.

Eaves is a 2003 graduate of Farmington Senior High School. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Mineral Area College; Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Methodist University; Master of Business Management Degree from Missouri Baptist University and is a Licensed, Certified Public Accountant.

He has worked for 12 years at Black River Electric Cooperative in Fredericktown and currently serves as accounting coordinator.

“My wife and I also have run our own small business (ACE Accounting Services LLC) from our home for the last three years.”

He is a member of AICPA and MOCPA and treasurer at Farmington Elks Lodge #1765.

“I have been on the city council for the last year. Mayor Larry Forsythe asked me to fill out his remaining term after he was elected mayor.”

“I’ve always been interested in local governance and the prosperity of the Farmington Community. I enjoy taking an active role in making sure that the concerns of our citizens come first and that the assets of the City are efficiently used to best benefit our community. I am fiscally conservative and I try to evaluate the City’s operations from that viewpoint. I also strongly believe that we, as citizens, should actively participate in our City’s governance and I try to lead by example.”

Paul Lodge

Contested races for Farmington City Council - Lodge


Paul Lodge, 41, is running for the seat in Ward I.

He has a daughter in the third grade in the Farmington R-7 School District.

He joined the military at the age of 17. He spent 15 years in the military, which includes three years in the Marine Corps, five years in the U.S. Army, four years in the National Guard and three years deployed in hostile or hardship tours. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

In addition to his military career serving in various positions and units, he worked for three years at the Department of Defense under the office of Personnel Management and three years as plant protection for government contracting with the Department of Defense. He is currently a part-time substitute teacher for the Farmington R-7 School District.

He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars Children Home.

He has never held an elected office before and said he decided to run for city council “to give back to the city and help further it in ideas and innovation for visitors and residents. Plus, Farmington, Mo. is home.”

Ward III

Johnny Barton III

The Daily Journal was unable to get in contact with Johnny Barton III after mailing out the candidate questionnaire and numerous phone calls.

Darrel W. Holdman

Contested races for Farmington City Council - Holdman


Darrel W. Holdman, 80, is seeking another term on the Farmington City Council. He was elected to the council in 2006.

He is married and has three children from a previous marriage.

He worked at Brown Shoe in Potosi for two years and the Credit Bureau in Findley, Ohio for 40 years. Holdman was encouraged to run for council by former mayor Charles Rorex in 2006.

Other seats

The council will see two new faces in Ward II and Ward IV. Incumbents Dale Wright from Ward II and Mark Kellogg from Ward IV are not seeking reelection. Filing for those seats were Dr. Dennis Robinson in Ward II and Tom Joyce in Ward IV.

Farmington School Board

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, are Kurt Bauche and incumbent Howard. The district will not holds 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.

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