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School issues pass, two municipal races end in deadlock prior to certification process

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

Candidates in two races last Tuesday tied for seats on two municipal boards, setting up potential runoff elections.

Turnout was generally light throughout the county with just over 8 percent (2,862) of the 34,250 registered voters cast ballots.

In Winfield, former mayor Larry Cudney and Eugene Madson finished in a tie in the Ward II race, each getting 69 votes. In Hawk Point, Jenni Crigger won a seat getting 29 votes but Bryan Margedant and Mutemah Sinclair tied with 20 votes each for the second seat. In races which are tied, there are generally three ways to decide who won the seat. They are: for one candidate to concede; second, an agreed tiebreaker (flip of a coin, names in a hat, etc.) or to hold a runoff election (cost to taxpayers of the community).

City officials in each town were contacted Wednesday by a reporter who stated the candidates have been contacted on the their options.

County Clerk Crystal Hall said the results of entire election were scheduled to be certified Friday (April 5). “I don’t anticipate the outcomes to change,” she said.

Voters in the Lincoln County R-IV (Winfield) and R-II (Elsberry) School Districts passed ‘no-tax’ increases at Tuesday’s election.

Winfield voters approved their with a 562-226 (71 percent) margin. The $8 million issue will help finance renovation and additional classrooms at the Intermediate School Building; new bus maintenance building; site development and construction of new athletic fields at the current high school; upgrade technology with new computer labs and more.

The Elsberry school issued received 80 percent (520-125) approval. The $4.5 million issue will provide funds to complete energy efficiency improvements including lighting upgrades, window replacements in several buildings; air conditioning and complete remodeling projects.

The City of Troy has one new alderman as Ron Walters defeated Todd Walker 72-70 in the unexpired term in Ward III. In Ward II, Lisa Anderson defeated Lance Oerter with incumbents Ron Sconce (Ward I) and Dennis Detert winning seats as they were unopposed.

In the Lincoln County R-III School District, Dan Busekrus, a retired teacher, received 647 votes and Dale Black, a former board member, also won a seat with 644 votes. Incumbent Randy Siebert was third with 631 votes. In the Elsberry school board race, incumbents Alan Lagemann and Mike Bange were re-elected to new terms. Lagemann received 418 votes and Bange with 386.

In other unofficial returns, here are some of the other winners (in contested races):

Elsberry Special Road District: *Jackie Briscoe 361, Larry Lehmkuhl 248.

Troy Alderman Ward II: *Lisa Anderson 110, Lance Oerter 39.

Elsberry Ward II: *Thomas Kinion 120, Kevin Hill 42. In uncontested races, Terrie Harper (Ward I), Rachel Heitmern-Reed (Collector)

Winfield Mayor: *Pat Grimler 128, David Goodwin 79.

Winners of uncontested races: Art Wickham (Ward I).

Moscow Mills: Mary Lou Jung (Ward II) and Mark Schuette (Ward I) re-elected.

Old Monroe: Winners of uncontested races were Debora Roberts (Ward I) and Donald Jackson (Ward II) and Martha Behle (Ward II, unexpired term).

Foley: Ward II: Ruby Stonebraker 68, * Joyce Payer 70

Foley Ward I: *Kathleen Schimpf 6, Kenneth Lesley 2

Foley Ward II: *Keith Aubuchon 7, Tory Cameron 1

Hawk Point Alderman At Large: *Jenni Crigger 29 and a tie between Bryan Margadent and Mutemah Sinclair at 20 votes each.

Silex Mayor: *David Rice 25, Justin Spanier 8. Jamey Cockrell won the alderman at-large seat.

Whiteside Trustee: Eloise Slaughter, Murray Phillips.

Fountain-N-Laek Trustees: Karen Mavel and Jimmie Moore were the winners.

Chain of Rocks Trustees” Roer Hoeckelmann and Ray Hoelting.

Truxton Board of Trustees: Linda Mills, Tiffany Sauer and John Mills.

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