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Filing period opens Dec. 12 for April ‘18 Municipal Elections


Candidates for area city, school, E-911, the Gasconade Manor Nursing Home District, and the ambulance district board may begin filing notices to seek election in the April 3, 2018, Municipal Election on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The filing period closes Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, when normal business hours end for each of the political subdivisions.

Owensville residents will be selecting a mayor, a city marshal, and an alderman from each ward when they go to the polls next April.

Mayor John Kamler on Monday announced during the city’s regularly scheduled first meeting of the month that he intends to seek another 2-year term.

“There are so many things still going on, I’m 99-percent sure I’m going to file again,” said Kamler. “I hope the others do too. I can assure you this will be my last two years. I hope everyone signs up. We’ve been well represented.”

Position currently held by Cathy Lahmeyer, an alderman in Ward 1, and Denise Bohl, Ward 2, are also up for election.

Robert Rickerd, the city’s police chief, has also indicated he plans to seek another 4-year term as elected marshal.

On the Gasconade County R-2 School District’s Board of Education, director’s terms currently held by Bryan Curtman and Debbie Landolt are up for election. 

The R-2 Administrative Building is closed when schools are not in session. Therefore, no filing can be completed between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2 over the Christmas break. Filing resumes Wednesday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 12. Schools are not in session Monday, Jan. 15, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday. Filing will close Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Gasconade County’s E-911 Board of Directors will have an election in April for three director’s positions including the Northern District, Southern District, and an at-large position. Doug Clark, chief of the Hermann Area Ambulance District and director for the Northern District, said he does not plan to seek another term citing duties with the ambulance district he works for an involvement with a state association for emergency medical services. He is completing his second full term.

Betty Estes is the director at large and Clyde Zelch is director for the Southern District. All three director’s seats are for 4-year terms. Those filing as candidates must do so in person at the Gasconade County Clerk’s office on the first floor of the courthouse in Hermann. 

New this year for the E-911 board candidates is the requirement to file a Form 5120 from the Department of Revenue where they declare they are not in arrears with personal property and real estate taxes.

The clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The courthouse is closed on all state and federal holiday and will remain open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 16.

Voters in the Owensville Area Ambulance District will select two directors for 3-year terms for sub-districts No. 2 (Ward 1 in Owensville) and No. 5 (Ward 1 in Owensville). Greg Carey, No. 2, and Major Thomas, No. 5, are the incumbents.

Both have expressed interest in running again, according to district staff.

Filing for the ambulance district is also handled by the County Clerk’s office in Hermann.

Rosebud voters will be selecting a mayor and aldermen in each of their two wards. The terms currently held by Mayor Shannon Grus, Ward 1 Alderman Justin Haase, and Ward 2 Alderman Kelly Kuhrts will be up for election.

Anyone wishing to file for any of the 2-year terms should contact City Clerk Ann Parker at City Hall between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday during the filing period.

Grus has recently accepted a position with State Technical College in Linn as vice president of advancement. She has been executive director of East Central College’s Foundation for the past nine years. Her new duties officially begin in 2018 but she was on the new job Tuesday. 

She has been mayor of the eastern Gasconade County community for nearly 12 years and said she plans to seek a seventh term.

“I’m excited,” said Grus about the new job. “It’s a change, especially after nine years. Change is definitely good and a challenge for old people like us.”

Gasconade Manor Nursing Home District is accepting applications for candidates to its Board of Directors for residents in the Boulware/Boeuff Townships area (District 5) and Ward 1 Owensville (District 6) for 3-year terms. Board members Pat Smith, a Mt. Sterling area resident, and Jean Koenig, a Ward 1 Owensville resident, both plan to seek another term in their respective district, according to Lynn Hesemann, president of the board. 

Candidates should file their notices of candidacy in person at the County Clerk’s office in Hermann.

In Bland, voters will select a city marshal, a mayor, and two aldermen at large. The marshal’s post is a 4-year term. Each of the city positions are for two years. Apply in person at the John L. Baxter City Administration Building, 209 West Kansas City. Candi-dates must file tax affidavits declaring their taxes are paid when they register.

Josh Jarvis is completing Gary Lee unexpired term. Jim Carpenter’s position is also up for election. Alderman Rodney Lexa is completing Ron Shafferkoetter unexpired term as mayor.

Bland aldermen voted 3-0 on Nov. 15 asking for voter approval to change the marshal’s position from an elected office to an appointed one. However, the elected marshal’s position will still be on the ballot in case the measure does not pass. 

If the measure does pass, the city may hire any qualified person for the position. (Reporting by Dave Marner and Roxie Murphy).