Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Candidates Begin to File for School, City Seats

Throw your hat in the ring! 
By Andrea Wood 
 Candidates have started adding their names to the April ballot for several seats on local city, school and water district boards.
If you have ever considered serving as a public official you still have time to do so. Filing will continue for two seats each on the Grandview C-4 and Hickman Mills C-1 school boards, one Alderman seat in each of Grandview’s three wards, and one seat on the Jackson County Water District #1 Board until Tuesday, January 17th.

GRANDVIEW C-4 SCHOOL BOARD
Two seats with 3-year terms are open on the Grandview School Board. Both incumbents, Don Fisher and Rachel Casey, have filed for re-election.
Candidates must at least be 24 years old; a U.S. citizen, resident tax payer of the school district, and will have resided in Missouri for at least one year from the election date. For more info and full qualifications, call 316-5000.

HICKMAN MILLS C-1 SCHOOL BOARD
This year, two 3-year term positions are up for election on the Hickman Mills School Board. Incumbents George Flesher and Darrell Curls have filed for re-election, and another candidate, Terrance Jones, has also filed.
Candidates must at least be 24 years old; a U.S. citizen, resident tax payer of the school district, and will have resided in Missouri for at least one year from the election date. For more info and full qualifications, call 316-7000.

GRANDVIEW BOARD OF ALDERMEN
One Alderman in each of the city’s three wards is up for election. The boundary for those wards has changed since the last election, which means some residents are voting in a different ward than last time.
Which ward are you in? See the map on page 3.
Leonard Jones has filed for re-election in Ward 1. As of press time he is unopposed.
In Ward 2, current Alderwoman Annette Turnbaugh has filed for re-election. She currently has one challenger for the seat, Charles L. Conner.
Ward 3 Alderman Jim Crain was the first to file for re-election when the city clerk’s office opened  on December 13th. He is unoposed as of presstime.
Candidates must be at least 21 years of age; a U.S. citizen; a resident of the ward from which elected; Must be a resident of Grandview at least 1 year before election; a registered voter; and be current on all City taxes and fees, including business licenses and personal and real property taxes, before the close of filing for office.
For more information about exact qualifictions and details about how to file, call Grandview City Clerk Becky Schimmel at 316-4800.

JACKSON COUNTY
WATER #1 BOARD
The Jackson County Water District #1 Board of Directors has a seat up for election from Subdistrict No. 5.
Subdistrict No. 5 is legally described as follows: Commencing at the point of intersection of the East boundary of the District and Highgrove Road; Thence West along Highgrove Road to U.S. Highway 71; Thence South along U.S. Highway 71 to 139th Street; Thence East along 139th Street to the East boundary of the District; Thence North to point of beginning.
Candidates must be at least 25 years old, and a resident within the District for one year prior to election.
For more information and full qualifications, call (816) 761-5421.

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