April 3, 2018, Election
Special election to fill Cape council seat could prove rubber stamp (5/22/18)A special election in August to fill an unexpired term on the Cape Girardeau City Council could prove little more than a rubber stamp. Ryan Essex, who was chosen by the council earlier this month to temporarily fill the Ward 5 council seat, was the only candidate to have filed for the special election as of Monday. The deadline for candidates to file is 5 p.m. Tuesday...
Cape Council chooses Ryan Essex to fill Ward 5 vacancy (5/8/18)Ryan Essex, who voiced concern about drug crimes in the city, was named the temporary Ward 5 Cape Girardeau City Council member Monday. The council made the decision on a 5-1 vote at the close of Monday’s regular meeting. Ward 1 Councilman Daniel Presson cast the dissenting vote. Essex was immediately sworn into office, filling the vacancy created by the election of Bob Fox as mayor last month...
Josh Hawley bashes Sen. McCaskill during campaign stop in Cape Girardeau (5/5/18)Attorney General Josh Hawley bashed U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill during a campaign visit Friday to Cape Girardeau, portraying her as a Washington, D.C., liberal who is out of touch with the values of Missouri residents. Hawley, a Republican, is seeking to unseat the Democratic incumbent in the U.S. Senate race...
Former state senator Jerry Howard seeks state House seat (5/2/18)Former state senator Jerry Howard wants to return to the Missouri Legislature, only this time on the state House side where he served before becoming a state senator. The Dexter, Missouri, Democrat is a candidate for state representative in District 151, encompassing Stoddard County and part of Scott County...
Three Ward 5 residents seek temporary Cape Council seat (5/1/18)Three Cape Girardeau Ward 5 residents have applied to temporarily fill a vacant city council seat, prompted by the election of Bob Fox as mayor earlier this month. Fox served as Ward 5 councilman for two years before becoming mayor. The three applicants are Kyle Schott, regional director of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri; Ryan Essex, chief operating officer with Gibson Recovery Center; and Eric “Red” Redinger, associate director of recreation services at Southeast Missouri State University, city officials said. ...
Cape council seeks applications for board vacancy (4/18/18)Cape Girardeau residents in Ward 5 may apply through April 30 to fill a vacancy on the city council, city officials said. Council members decided during a study session Monday to take applications for two weeks and then fill the vacancy at the May 7 council meeting...
Cape Council looks to set election to fill council vacancy (4/16/18)The Cape Girardeau City Council is expected to fill a vacancy on the board by June 5 with that appointee serving until voters as early as August elect someone to fill the remainder of the unexpired term, officials said. Council members will vote Monday to set the election for Aug. 7, the same date as the state primary election, which is already scheduled...
Cape voters pass parks/stormwater tax extension measure by wide margin (4/4/18)Cape Girardeau voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure Tuesday extending a three-eighth-cent sales tax for 15 years to fund parks and stormwater projects and operations. While total turnout was small — only 2,744 votes were cast on the ballot measure — city officials were thrilled with the outcome...
Jackson public safety sales tax measure passes (4/4/18)Voters in Jackson responded with a resounding “yes” when asked to impose a one-half cent sales tax to improve public safety measures in the city, according to unofficial poll results posted Tuesday night. Jackson Mayor Dwain Hahs said when reached by phone Tuesday evening after the polls closed he is grateful to everyone who had a part in the ballot measure’s passage...
Brant to remain Scott City mayor; Porch wins council seat by one vote (4/4/18)Norman Brant will remain mayor in Scott City, having defeated Ron Cummins, who was seeking the mayor post he vacated in August. Brant won in a landslide, collecting nearly 70 percent of the votes Tuesday. Meanwhile, another former mayor, Tim Porch, apparently won a council seat in Ward 2 by the slimmest of margins, with the unofficial results showing he defeated James Payne by a single vote. According to state law, Payne has the right to a recount, since the margin was less than 1 percent...
Ward 2 Councilwoman Shelly Moore wins re-election to second term (4/4/18)Cape Girardeau Ward 2 Councilwoman Shelly Moore won re-election to a second term Tuesday over challenger Scott Johnson. It was the only contested council race on the city's election ballot. Moore, the first black woman elected to the council, garnered more than 57 percent of the vote to nearly 42 percent for Johnson...
Area voters approve school, city tax measures (4/4/18)Area voters said yes to school and municipal tax measures in Tuesday's election. Voters in the Oak Ridge School District approved a no-tax-increase bond issue to fund construction of two additional elementary school classrooms, enhance school safety and make other improvements...
Several tax issues on Tuesday's ballots in Cape, Scott, Bollinger counties (3/31/18)A public safety tax in Jackson and a parks/stormwater tax in Cape Girardeau headline several ballot issues that will be decided by voters in elections Tuesday. A proposed, half-cent sales tax is on the ballot in Jackson. If approved, it would allow the city to move ahead with construction of a $7 million police station, rehab the existing public-safety building for fire department use, as well as hire more patrol officers, another school resource officer and a fire department training officer...
Municipal, school board elections to feature contested races (3/31/18)One Cape Girardeau City Council race and contests for Scott City council and school board are among contested races on the ballot Tuesday in municipal and school board elections in the area. Cape Girardeau Ward 2 Councilwoman Shelly Moore is challenged by pastor Scott Johnson in the only contested race in the city...
Eight candidates compete for two seats on the Meadow Heights School Board (3/31/18)Meadow Heights School District will have two new board members with voters choosing from among eight candidates, none of them incumbents, in Tuesday’s election. The candidates are Carol Ann Cagle, Wyatt Bollinger, Joseph Lee Jones, Jess Strong, Cynthia Mungle, Jerry W. Boyd, Candy L. Wilfong and Charlie Besher...
Three candidates compete for two seats on Chaffee School Board (3/31/18)Chaffee, Missouri, School Board members Jamie Wessel Nix and John Swinford, and challenger Steve Milz are running for two seats on the board in Tuesday’s election. Nix has served on the school board for the past dozen years, the last eight as president...
Former mayor, incumbent councilman face competition in Scott City council races (3/28/18)A former mayor and an incumbent councilman face challengers in two council races in Scott City on April 3. Former mayor Tim Porch and retiree James Payne are competing for the Ward 3 seat while Ward 2 Councilman Rodney Uhrhan faces a challenge from resident Heather Ingvalson...
Councilwoman Shelly Moore, rival candidate Scott Johnson seek improvements for Ward 2 neighborhood (3/28/18)Cape Girardeau Ward 2 Councilwoman Shelly Moore considers herself an “advocate for change” in her south-side neighborhood. Pastor Scott Johnson believes he could do a better job. The two residents are battling for votes in the only contested Cape Girardeau City Council race on the April 3 ballot...
School safety ranks high with Scott City School Board candidates (3/26/18)Scott City School Board candidates rank school safety as the top priority for the district. Incumbent Justin Braun, a sprinkler fitter with Scott City-based Hi-Tech Fire Protection, is among three candidates seeking the two positions on the board in the April 3 election. The others are funeral director Scott C. Amick, who previously served 16 years on the school board, and Ron “Ronnie” Gray, case manager for Crown Hospice in Cape Girardeau...
Oak Ridge School Board candidates voice support for bond issue (3/26/18)All three candidates for the Oak Ridge School Board support the school district’s no-tax-increase bond issue on the April 3 ballot. Board members Robert Grayhek and Jeff Hahs are running for re-election. They face a challenge from Job Corps heavy-equipment instructor George Below. Voters will choose among the three candidates to fill two seats on the board...
SCC School district seeks tax increase (3/22/18)The financially-strapped Scott County Central School District is asking voters in the April 3 election to approve a 95-cent increase in its operating tax levy. Supt. Howard Benyon, who took charge of the district last summer, said, "It is a considerable increase."...
Chaffee, Benton voters to decide use-tax measures (3/17/18)Voters in the cities of Chaffee and Benton, Missouri, will decide April 3 if use taxes will be charged on out-of-state purchases and internet sales. Each ballot measure needs a simple majority to pass. The use tax would be levied at the same rate as the city sales tax, Chaffee and Benton officials said...
Jackson police, firefighters operate in tight quarters (3/16/18)A public safety sales tax on the April 3 ballot in Jackson would allow for increased staffing and updated equipment -- both necessary to smooth operations, officials say. A new building for the police department would cost about $7 million and be paid for by reserve funds from the city of Jackson, said Mayor Dwain Hahs, but for operations and staffing costs, the public safety sales tax is necessary...
Mayor: stormwater project depends on voters extending sales tax in April (3/8/18)Heavy rains turn backyards of homes into muddy lakes in one longtime Cape Girardeau neighborhood when nearby Arena Creek overflows its banks. Mayor Harry Rediger told residents along Stewart Drive on Wednesday a tax measure on the April ballot would alleviate some of the stormwater problem...
Oak Ridge School District seeks no-tax-increase bond issue for classrooms, vocational space, better security (3/6/18)Voters in the Oak Ridge School District will be asked to approve a no-tax-increase bond issue on the April 3 ballot to fund construction of two additional elementary school classrooms, enhance school safety and make other improvements. Oak Ridge superintendent Adrian Eftink said Monday the district in rural Cape Girardeau County wants to borrow $2.6 million by extending an existing bond issue. The debt service levy of $0.7652 per $100 assessed valuation would remain unchanged, he said...
Civic leader: Ballot measure would fund parks, stormwater projects without tax increase (3/4/18)A measure on the April 3 ballot would fund parks and stormwater improvements in Cape Girardeau without a tax increase, former city council member Mark Lanzotti said Friday. “It is not a new tax,” he told a crowd of several hundred people at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee...
Cape County Democrats to push initiative petition drives (2/27/18)The Cape Girardeau County Democratic Party will push petition drives to put two measures on the statewide ballot in November, local party chairman Jonathan Kessler said Monday. One is the “Clean Missouri” initiative that seeks to make state government more transparent and ensure neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new legislative district maps are drawn after the next census, Kessler said...
Tax extension would be used for aquatic center, stormwater projects, officials say (2/27/18)A new aquatic center is chief among planned improvements to the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department offerings, if a tax extension on the April 3 ballot passes, officials said. Cape Girardeau School District superintendent Neil Glass said he hopes the city and the school district can partner on the aquatic center project, and he is advocating for a 17-acre site near Jefferson Elementary School on South Minnesota Avenue. ...
April 2017 election • local contested races
Cape Girardeau Ward 2
Cape Girardeau park/stormwater tax
Chaffee school bond issue
Jackson public safety tax
Advance School District
Oak Ridge School District (2 seats)
Oak Ridge property tax
Delta School Board
Scott City School Board
Chaffee School Board
Scott County Central School Board
Kelso School Board
Scott County R-IV School Board
Scott County Central Proposition
Benton use tax
Chaffee use tax
Kelso tax levy
Village of Morley
Oran Ward 2
Oran Ward 3
City of Scott City Mayor
Scott City Ward 2
Scott City Ward 3
Meadow Heights School Board
Woodland Schools special election
Zalma School District
Woodland (Marble Hill) Fire District
Marble Hill Ward 2
Marble Hill Ward 1