Last-minute filings will see a three-way fight for mayor and contested races in Wards 1 and 3 during the April 8 Municipal Elections.
Current Ward 1 City Councilman Steve Galliher, John Fritz and former Sedalia Mayor Allen Hawkins will all vie for the seat left open after Mayor Elaine Horn decided not to run.
Galliher and Fritz both announced their intentions to run and filed in mid-December, while Hawkins waited until just a few hours before the deadline Tuesday.
“People have been calling me a lot, saying I’ve done a lot for Sedalia and it was time to come back,” Hawkins told the Democrat. “I brought a lot of industries to Sedalia and oversaw the airport, building the Sedalia Senior Center and the Animal Shelter. I think we’ve got a jobs problem here and we need to fix that, I can fix that.”
In Ward 1, Susan Daniels, who previously sat on the Sedalia City Council from 2003 to 2009, will square off against challenger James Cunningham, who filed earlier this month.
“I missed the service and working with the people and city staff,” Daniels said Tuesday. “I’ve been keeping up with the city issues and I think something that really needs to be addressed is the transparency and accountability among the council. Things like how the expenses are reported, there needs to be some changes there.”
Daniels said she’d also like to see more discussion among council, because “so many issues are already decided by the time they come into a meeting. I think that’s part of the reason people don’t have an interest in their city government.”
Ward 3 residents will have a choice between Don Meier and Terry Cockrell to fill a vacant seat left by incumbent Wiley Walter.
Filing just before deadline, Cockrell said he’d like to see major improvements to city streets and sidewalks and “having more common sense in running this city.”
“I don’t want to have committees running this city or staff telling us what to do,” he added. “We need more jobs here, no more hamburger joints, but real jobs.”
Cockrell said he’d also like to see increased funding to the Sedalia Police Department to help with the “crack down on meth, we have a huge meth and dope problem here and that needs to be taken care of.”
Meier said his years working as the Sedalia Fire Department’s Deputy Chief and volunteering on the Board of Public Works have given him experience working with city staff and within budgets.
Ward 2 Councilwoman Wanda Monsees and Ward 4 Councilman Tollie Rowe will run unopposed for their third and second terms, respectively. Sedalia Municipal Judge Deborah Mitchell will also run unopposed for her 10th term.
Pettis County Ambulance District
Because the Pettis County Ambulance District is a smaller entity, if there are no contested seats it is not required to hold an election, according to the Pettis County Clerk’s Office.
District 2 Director Mike Layton and District 5 Director Greg Nehring are both running for three-year terms for PCAD, which officially took over ambulance services Oct. 1.
Sedalia School District 200
The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will once again have an uncontested race for three open seats. Three candidates have filed, and all three are current members of the board. Vice President Michael Stees, Treasurer Ken Coffelt and member Scott Gardner have filed to remain on the board for another three-year term.
City of La Monte
The City of La Monte will have two contested races during the April 8 election. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Mayor Paul Wilbern will face Daniel Stratton. For Ward 1, incumbent Alderman Dan Dekyser will be running against John Comfort and Fred Armstrong. There will not be an election for Ward 2 alderman, as current Alderman David Wessel was the only candidate to file.
State Fair Community College
Three candidates have filed for two open seats on the State Fair Community College Board of Trustees. Current Secretary Kip Salmon and current member Ron Wineinger have both filed, as well as new candidate Jerry Greer.
Cole Camp R-I School District
The Cole Camp R-I School District will have a proposition on the April 8 ballot regarding a school bond. The proposition, if approved, would allow the Board of Education to borrow $3.2 million “for the purpose of providing funds to complete energy efficiency improvements including heating, ventilation and air conditioning system upgrades and window replacements; to complete safety and security system enhancements; complete other remodeling, renovation and repair improvements to the existing facilities and properties of the district.”
If approved, the adjusted debt service levy is estimated to remain unchanged at $0.5173 per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property.