Four candidates vying for Peculiar mayor’s seat

bbashioum@demo-mo.comJanuary 31, 2014 

Four Peculiar residents have filed to put their names on the April 8 ballot as candidates for mayor.

Filing for Cass County elections closed Jan. 21.

Michael Gallagher, Kimberly Mallinson, Deborah Pearson and Holly Stark have filed to run for the seat of the highest-ranking officer in the city’s government. The position carries a two-year term.

The winner of the mayoral race will replace the office currently held by Ernie Jungmeyer, who has served as mayor for the past six years.

Jungmeyer did not file for reelection. His last day in office will be in April.

Heading the list of contested races this year will also include individuals competing for school board and municipal representative seats.

School board races

Nine individuals have filed for three open seats to the Pleasant Hill School District Board of Education. Single incumbent David Adamczyk will fight for reelection against a series of candidates, including Cathy Babylon-Gilbert, Mike Gray, Ron Henley, Deenia Hocker, Lori Lancaster-Redwine, Jeremy Newman, Ryan Vescovi and Jim Wilson.

In the Cass-Midway School District, Charlie Burton, incumbent Susan Casaert, Michael Stephens and Robert Zielinski have filed for candidacy for the three available school board seats.

Incumbent Jamie Young, along with Marc Bruton, Crystal Graham-Denner and Mike Parris have filed for their names to be on the ballot for three seats open on the East Lynne School Board.

Five individuals, Doug Alexander, Jerald Dickey, Theresa Stephens, Incumbent Deb Welhoff and Susie Yoder, have filed for election to three open seats on the Harrisonville School Board.

Raymore-Peculiar School Board incumbents Ruth Johnson and Kim York will square off for three open seats against four other candidates, including Barbara Boucher, Mary DuBray, Melinda Houdyshell and Tonya Long.

City races

Creighton residents Corinne Gardner and Donna Burton will be on the ballot seeking election to the office of an East Ward Alderman.

In Garden City, Alvin Poisal and Marsha French have filed candidacy in order to run for a West Ward Alderman seat.

Gerald Ford and Kristina Vassar have filed to run for the office of Ward 3 Alderman in Peculiar.

Pleasant Hill voters will look to elect two new council members. Don Donovan and D.A. Kramer will be running against each other to fill an empty Precinct 22 city council seat.

Mark Guffey and Nick Zvacek will be running against each other for the city’s at-large council seat.

Rounding out the list of city elections Raymore City Council Incumbent Sonja Abdelgawad will be looking for reelection in a race against Raymore resident Bob West.

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