Local elections in Polk County are set for Tuesday, April 4. Several boards and other races will be on the ballot.
Voters will be able to decide on mayor and alderman candidates, school board members, and other local positions. Filing for the election closed on December 28, 2022.
Bolivar: On the ballot, six positions will be put to a vote, including the mayor, city collector, and four aldermen — one to represent each ward.
Bolivar mayor Christopher D. Warwick filed for re-election uncontested for another three-year term.
Additionally, incumbent Coyle Neal filed for the role of city collector.
Filing as aldermen, incumbent Steve Skopec and Malcom Green filed for ward 1. Incumbent Dusty Ross filed for ward 2. Incumbent Dan Wohnoutka and Ashley Raines filed for ward 3. Incumbent Charles W. Keith, Brian Wilson, and Rex Austin filed for ward 4.
Fair Play: The mayoral race for the City of Fair Play will see three challengers: Steven Hornbeck, Dewey Rumfelt, and Robert Dunlap. The elected candidate will serve a two-year term.
For alderman-at-large, two of the following candidates will need to be selected: Vi Patterson, Jim Skopec, Steven L. Bruce, and Michael Dennis.
Flemington: Two seats for the Board of Trustees will be open for election. Three candidates filed in this race: William “Bud” Jackson, Peggy Welch, and Vincent Deeser.
Humansville: Three aldermen seats — two north ward aldermen and one south ward alderman — will be on the ballot. Amber Winkler filed for the north ward alderman seat with a two-year term. Gary Shannon and Dawn Henson filed for the north ward alderman seat with a one-year term. Ashley Albright filed for the south ward alderman seat with a two-year term.
A seat is open for a one-year term as city collector. No one filed for this position.
The ballot will have open seats for four of Polk County’s six school boards. Elected board members will serve three-year terms.
To qualify to file for the school board elections, candidates must be 24 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district, and a Missouri resident for at least one year at the time of the election.
All school board members are required to complete 18.5 hours of training within one year of their election, according to the Missouri School Boards’ Association.
Bolivar R-1: Three seats are available for a three-year term to serve on the Board of Education. Those who filed for election are Joshua Alexander Laird, Brad Wommack, Carl W Summers Jr., Jeralen Andrews Shive, Ronald Owens, Jared Taylor, and Daniel Tim Goodman.
Fair Play R-2: Three seats are available for a three-year term to serve on the Board of Education. Those who filed for election are Jennifer Schwartz, Cindy Lee Bruce, Michael P Underwood, and Lauren Shuler-West.
Halfway R-3: Three seats are available for a three-year term to serve on the Board of Education. Those who filed for election are Jeremy Sibley, Payne A Grant, Dillon Legan, Matthew R. Forrest, and Kenton Dwight Payne.
Marion C. Early R-5: Three seats are available for a three-year term to serve on the Board of Education. Those who filed for election are Brandon Smith, Ginger Bumgarner, Thomas Francka, and Kevin Painter.
Flemington Special Road District: One three-year road commissioner position will be on the ballot. No one filed.