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Cape Girardeau County spring 2015 election results

Cape Girardeau County

BALLOT ISSUES
Use tax
Yes 3,532
No 3,520

Use tax passes on razor's edge in Cape County

Proposition 1 (Cape Girardeau school tax extension)
Yes 1,868
No 757

$20M bond extension for Cape Girardeau schools easily passes

Proposition 2 (Nell Holcomb tax rollback)
Yes 266

No 120

Prop 2 passes in Nell Holcomb School District

Proposition Keep Advance Safe (FEMA storm shelter/school repairs)
(Cape Girardeau Co. votes only)

Yes 17
No 11

Proposition Keep Advance Safe passes by wide margin

CONTESTED RACES

Jackson Mayor
Barbara Lohr 671
Dwain L. Hahs 1,536

Hahs overwhelms Lohr as mayor of Jackson

Cape Girardeau School Board
Kyle S. McDonald 1,681
Lynn Ware 1,393
Anthony Joseph Keele 986

Jackson School Board
Kelly E. Waller 2,238
Sheila King 1,784
Paul Stoner 886
Brad E. Noel 1,021

Oak Ridge School Board
(complete from Cape, Bollinger, Perry counties)

Ron Tracy 165
Linda Schoen 113
Jeff L. Hahs 182
Robert Grahek 328

Delta School Board (three-year term)
(Cape Co. totals only)

Priscilla Hornbuckle 79
Amy White 47
Matt Huffman 127
Angela Crutsinger 58
David Coomer 189

Delta School Board (two-year term)
(Cape Co. totals only)

Jayme Perry 69
Scott A. Bond 103
Marsha Carroll 24
Meredith Scherer 74

Nell Holcomb School Board
Blake E. Tiemann 194

Phyillis L. Pickard 110
Elizabeth Brown 172

Micah Paul Janzow 129

Advance School Board
(Cape Co. results only)

Jim Below 22
Charles Mayo 15
Odetta Holland 11
Gordonville Fire District
Michael Kasten 218
Judy Klaproth-Gentry 155

East County Fire Protection District
Norman Goehman 191
Brad Martin 202

Meadow Heights School Board
(Cape Co. and Bollinger Co. results)

Ryan Blake Sharrock 247
G. Wayne Johnson 227
A.D. "Gator" Henson 326
Dustin M. Koerber 133

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Scott County spring 2015 election results

Scott County Election Results

BALLOT ISSUE
Sales tax
Yes 2993
No 1299

Sales tax passes in Scott County

CONTESTED RACES

Scott City School District
Sally Porch 278
Beth McDonough Cox 309
Gary Miller 267
Justin Braun 368

Kelly School District
Marshall Meeks 217 (Mississippi and Scott counties reporting)
David Collier 382
Michael Bolen 297 (Mississippi and Scott counties reporting)

Illmo Special Road District
Edwin Ledure 482
Bob Keesee Sr. 220

Village of Commerce Board of Trustees
Zach Vetter 10
Marvin S. Nienhaus-Miller 1
Lois Lee Huck Ramsey 15
William Bailey 16
Brock Hanners 11

Oran Board of Aldermen Ward 1
Harold J. Landwewee 7
Craig Friga 12

Oran Board of Aldermen Ward 2
Melissa Spencer 14
Danny Forehand 29

Oran Board of Aldermen Ward 3
Jimmmy G. Westrich 15
Brenda Cook 14

Scott City Council Ward 2
Pat Brazel 73
Jonathan Rasnic 24

Scott City Council Ward 3
Ron Cummins 107
Bobby Bollinger II 52
Scott City Council Ward 4
Randy Morse 102

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Bollinger County 2015 spring election results

Editor's Note: Vote totals for the North County Fire Protection District have been corrected below.

Bollinger County spring 2015 election results

BALLOT ISSUES

Defunding library tax
Yes 1,110
No 675

Library tax cut approved in Bollinger County

Proposition Keep Advance Safe (FEMA storm shelter/school repairs)
(Bollinger results only)

Yes 32
No 32

CONTESTED or WRITE-IN RACES

Marble Hill Ward 1 Board of Aldermen

Kenneth Trentham 34
Robert Masters 27

Village of Glen Allen
Write in: Eldon Woodfin 13

Write in: Allen Clark 15

Meadow Heights School Board (choose 2)
Ryan Blake Sharrock 247
G. Wayne Johnson 227
A.D. "Gator" Henson 326
Dustin M. Koerber 133

Leopold School Board (choose 2)
Edward C. Vandeven 135
Jason M. Vandeven 173

Keith Beel 146

Zalma School Board (choose 2)
Scott Cato 108
Roger W. Vangennip 111
Tina Clark 42
Danny Ray James 42

Oak Ridge School Board
(complete from Cape, Bollinger, Perry counties)

Ron Tracy 165
Linda Schoen 113
Jeff L. Hahs 182
Robert Grahek 328

Perryville School Board(choose 2)
(Complete from Perry and Bollinger)

Kevin Bachmann 673
Mark Gremaud 671
Mary Bauewens 520
Lara (Thieret)Green 556

Delta School Board (three-year term, choose 2)
(Bollinger County and Cape County complete results)

Priscilla Hornbuckle 81
Amy White 49
Matt Huffman 138
Angela Crutsinger 62
David Coomer 202

Delta School Board (two-year term, choose 2)
(Cape County results)

Jayme Perry 69
Scott A. Bond 103
Marsha Carroll 24
Meredith Scherer 74

Advance School Board (choose 2)
(Bollinger and Cape Co. results only)

Jim Below 70
Charles Mayo 52
Odetta Holland 39

North County Fire Protection District
Culley R. Despain 147
John F. Preston 48
Robert P. Wilson 74
Donald Barks 223
Ronald Reagan 162
Ivan Legrand 38

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Perry County spring 2015 election results

CONTESTED RACES

Perryville School Board
Kevin Bachmann 673
Mark Gremaud 669
Mary Bauewens 520
Lara (Thieret) Green 556

Oak Ridge School District
Ron Tracy 0
Linda Schoen 4
Jeff L. Hahs 2
Robert Grayhek 2

Altenburg Mayor
Harold France 11
Daniel Foster 52
Foster chosen as Altenburg's new mayor

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November 2014 election results roundup

(Photo)
Election officials Betty Shoaf, left, and Karen Smith check voters in at Jackson First Baptist Church's The Bridge during Tuesday's election.
(Laura Simon)
BALLOT ISSUES

Ballot issue roundup

Amendment 2 (sex crimes)(3328 of 3329 Precincts Reported)
Yes 1,015,899
No 395,736

Amendment 3 (teacher evaluations) (3328 of 3329 Precincts Reported)
Yes 338,216
No 1,097,807

Amendment 6 (early voting)(3328 of 3329 Precincts Reported)
Yes 414,911
No 983,504

Amendment 10 (governor budget powers)(2,733 of 3,329 precincts reporting)
Yes 788,930
No 599,929

Cape Girardeau fire tax
Yes 4,547
No 3,040
story

Scott City school bond issue
Yes 692
No 258
Story


INDIVIDUAL CONTESTED RACES

State rep races roundup story

Missouri District 145

Charles Elrod 2,111
Shelley White Keeney 6,799

Missouri District 147

Gary L. Gaines 1,675
Kathy Swan 5,214
Greg Tlapek 615

Missouri District 149

Bill Burlison 2,768
Don Rone 3,801

District 151

Tila Hubrecht 5,752
Ryan Holder 2,503

U.S. 8th Congressional District

Barbara Stocker 38,702
Jason Smith 106,105
Rick Vandeven 3,757
Doug Enyart 3,796
Terry Hampton 6,819
story

Bollinger County presiding commissioner

Ronald Davis 1,347
Travis Elfrink 1,652
story

Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner

Clint Tracy 12,638
Pat Wissman 3,939
story

Missouri Auditor (3244 of 3,331 precincts reporting)

Tom Schweich 935,637
Sean O'Toole 251,541
Rodney Farthing 88,742
story

Perry County Associate Circuit Judge

Jason A. Tilley 2,307
Craig D. Brewer 2,731
story

Scott County presiding commissioner

Jamie Burger 4,312
Will Yates 3,269
story

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Missouri House speaker resigns after intern text messages (05/15/15)
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Cape County use tax stands after recount (04/29/15)
Just nine votes separated voters' choice to allow a use tax to be levied in Cape Girardeau County after ballots were officially recounted Tuesday. The April 7 election result originally showed a 12-vote difference in favor of the tax, which prompted Jackson resident David A. Larson to request a recount. The recount was conducted in accordance with state law by the Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers' office...
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The Cape Girardeau County Clerk's office on Friday certified voters' passage of a use tax planned to go toward new court facilities. County Clerk Kara Clark Summers said a random check of ballots in two of the county's 30 precincts -- which is standard certification procedure -- yielded one additional "yes" vote for the tax, which Tuesday passed by 12 votes with 3,532 in favor and 3,520 against...
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Hahs overwhelms Lohr in Jackson mayor's race (04/08/15)
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Prop 2 passes in Nell Holcomb School District (04/08/15)
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Proposition Keep Advance Safe passes by wide margin (04/08/15)
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Sales tax extended in Scott County (04/08/15)
Once again, the sales tax in Scott County was approved. Of 4,292 voters, 2,993 approved the tax and 1,299 voted against it. "I'm elated," Scott County commissioner Jamie Burger said. "People seemed to be very supportive, but you always wonder when people come to vote."...
Voters approve forgoing uncontested elections in small towns (04/08/15)
Becoming a member of a municipal board just became a little easier in several small Southeast Missouri towns, as voters Tuesday approved forgoing yearly elections for uncontested seats. In Cape Girardeau County, voters in Allenville, Gordonville, Oak Ridge, Pocahontas and Whitewater approved no longer holding annual municipal elections when the number of candidates who file for a particular office equals the number of positions to be filled. ...
Bollinger County 2015 spring election results (04/07/15)
_Library tax Yes XXX No XXX Proposition Keep Advance Safe (FEMA storm shelter/school repairs) Yes XXX No XXX Marble Hill Ward 1 Board of Aldermen Kenneth Trentham XX Robert Masters Village of Glen Allen XXXXXXXXXX XX Village of Zalma(choose 2) XXXXXXXXXX XX...
Perry County spring 2015 election results (04/07/15)
Perryville School Board Kevin Bachmann XX Mark Gremaud xx Mary Bauewens xx Lara (Thieret)Green xx Oak Ridge School District Ron Tracy XX Linda Schoen XX Jeff L. Hahs XX Robert Grayhek XX Altenburg Mayor Harold France Daniel Foster...
Scott County spring 2015 election results (04/07/15)
Sales tax Yes XXXX No XXXX Scott City School District Sally Porch XXX Beth McDonough Cox XXX Gary Miller XXX Justin Braun XXX Kelly School District Marshall Meeks XX David Collier XX Michael Bolen XX Illmo Special Road District Edwin Ledure XX Bob Keesee Sr. XX...
Cape Girardeau County spring 2015 election results (04/07/15)
Use tax is a squeaker; Jackson has a new mayor
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Becoming a member of a municipal board just became a little easier in several small Southeast Missouri towns, as voters on Tuesday approved forgoing yearly elections for uncontested seats. In Cape Girardeau County, Allenville, Gordonville, Oak Ridge, Pocahontas and Whitewater, voters approved no longer holding annual municipal elections when the number of candidates who file for a particular office equals the number of positions to be filled. ...
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Scott County seeks renewal of sales tax (04/06/15)
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School board candidate forum to be at library (03/31/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District Community Teacher Association will host a forum for Cape Girardeau School Board candidates from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cape Girardeau Public Library, 711 N. Clark St. All three candidates -- incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele -- have been invited...
School board candidate forum to be held at library (03/30/15)
The Cape Girardeau School District Community Teacher Association will host a forum for Cape Girardeau School Board candidates Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the public library, 711 N. Clark St. All three candidates -- incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele -- have been invited to attend...
Several communities to decide whether to forgo elections (03/29/15)
Voters in several Cape Girardeau and Scott County cities and villages have a decision to make about the future of their local elections. A question on the April ballot asks whether the towns should be authorized to forgo annual municipal elections "if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of positions in the office to be filled by the election?"...
Four candidates run for two seats on Scott City School Board (03/29/15)
All four candidates running for Scott City School Board on April 7 have one goal in common: student welfare. Incumbents Beth McDonough Cox and Gary Miller are running for re-election against challengers Sally Porch and Justin Braun. Only two of the candidates in the race can be elected for three-year terms...
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Jackson School Board incumbent faces three challengers (03/25/15)
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Three running for two slots on Cape school board (03/24/15)
Three candidates are vying for two posts on the Cape Girardeau School Board in April, including incumbents Kyle McDonald and Lynn Ware and challenger Dr. Anthony Keele. The two candidates with the most votes April 7 will win three-year terms. Keele, a family physician at Cape Family Practice, said he disagrees with how the school board has managed taxpayers' money over the past several years...
Mayoral hopefuls talk about Jackson issues (03/23/15)
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Cape school officials tout bond issue for junior high renovation (03/20/15)
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Candidate questionnaire: Jim Below (03/18/15)
Name: Jim Below Age: 46 Place of birth: Cape Girardeau, Missouri Spouse, children's names: Dana (Eggimann) Below Allie Below Alanis Below Alandry Below Occupation: Real Estate Appraiser Employer: Self-Employed Area Wide Appraisal Service Businesses owned, all or part: Area Wide Appraisal Service-All...
Pachyderms Club will host Jackson mayoral candidates (03/17/15)
The Southeast Missouri Pachyderm Club will host the candidates running for Jackson mayor in a public forum Thursday at Dexter Bar-B-Que, 236 S. Broadview St. in Cape Girardeau. Dwain Hahs is running against incumbent Barbara Lohr for the position. Voters will determine the next mayor in the April 7 election...
Tea Party group to host political candidates (03/17/15)
The Cape County Tea Party will host a candidate forum at its monthly meeting tonight. Invited to participate in the event are candidates running in local municipal races to be decided in the April 7 election. Time permitting, a review and discussion of ballot questions will follow the forum...
Local candidates should contact newspaper (03/15/15)
With the April 7 election approaching, the Southeast Missourian is contacting candidates in contested races in Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry and Bollinger counties so they may be included in our election questionnaire section April 5. If you are seeking office and have not been contacted by the Southeast Missourian, please email managing editor Lindsay Jones at ljones@semissourian.com with the words "local election candidate" in the subject line...
New machines will help visually impaired voters cast ballots (03/13/15)
A purchase approved Thursday by the Cape Girardeau County Commission will allow visually impaired voters a little more autonomy when it comes to casting ballots. Starting with April's election, the county's accessible voting units will have larger screens -- 15 by 15 inches versus the 7-by-3-inch screens currently in use...
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