by Sam Clanton
FORSYTH, Mo. – Just under 10-percent of registered voters in Taney County turn out to the polls on Tuesday to decide various municipal and school board elections.
Betsy Seay wins the election for Branson Ward 3 Alderman with 63-percent of the vote over Stephen Marshall. Seay tells HometownDailyNews.com that one of her goals in office is to help improve communication with the business community…
In Ward 1, incumbent Mike Booth wins his bid for re-election with nearly 58-percent of the vote over challenger Lori Ashlock Ruda.
Rick Castillon was unopposed for the Ward 2 Alderman seat.
Voters in Merriam Woods approve two ballot issues on Tuesday – one making the village a fourth-class city, and the other allowing the municipality to continue receiving revenue from the titling of cars and boats.
Board of Trustees Chairman Pam Albright is pleased with the results:
Albright and David Pendleton are to top two vote-getters in a seven-person race for the Merriam Woods Board of Trustees.
Meanwhile, Bull Creek voters choose Peggy Whittemore, Una Fullmer and Sherry DeForrest to serve on their Village Board of Trustees.
Robert “Buck” Brown wins the race for Ward 1 Alderman in the City of Rockaway Beach, receiving 25 votes over challenger Garry Peffer’s six votes. The unofficial results show write-in challengers Russell Anderson and Rex Wood winning the 2-year and 1-year Ward 2 seats, over Patricia Ketzler and Drewcilla Tompkins, respectively. Anderson received 50 votes or just over 80-percent, and Wood received 53 votes, or nearly 93-percent.
By a tally of 87-percent, Hollister School District voters approve a ballot question authorizing the district to borrow 750-thousand dollars for the acquisition of school facilities currently leased by the district.
In the Hollister School Board election, Rachel Qualls and Andrew Penrod receive the most votes in a three-man race, defeating current Board President Jae Jones.
Branson School District voters elect Debbie Keller and Roger Frieze to the Board of Education. Keller received 42-percent of the vote and Frieze received nearly 38-percent of the vote in the three-man race.
And Bradleyville School District voters elect Justin Combs and Delbert Johnson in a three-man race for school board.