Filing for local boards closed Tuesday Jan. 19

By Roxie Murphy, Staff Writer
Posted 1/20/21

Filing for Belle Board of Aldermen, Maries R-2 Board of Education and Bland Board of Aldermen closed Tuesday afternoon, but not before several more candidates signed up for city …

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Filing for local boards closed Tuesday Jan. 19

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Filing for Belle Board of Aldermen, Maries R-2 Board of Education and Bland Board of Aldermen closed Tuesday afternoon, but not before several more candidates signed up for city offices.

Candidates who declared to run for alderman Ward 1 now number two, as Deborah Turnbough filed to run at 11:37 a.m. on Jan. 19 against former mayor Josh Seaver, who filed at 8:20 a.m. on Dec. 15. The seat is currently held by Alderman Courtney Abel, who has not filed.

Alderman Ward 2 candidates have increased from two to four interested parties. At 8:15 a.m. on Jan. 15, Alderman Ken Stanfield, currently appointed to finish the term of former alderman Tony Gieck, filed — held in June after being delayed by the pandemic. Stanfield was ousted by Alderman Sundi Jo Graham in the 2020 elections. Larry Walters joined the fray at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15. The two prospective candidates join Kayla Bray, who declared her intentions at 8:48 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2020, and Terrance Connors, who declared at 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 22. Both Bray and Connors ran for mayor in 2020. Filing closed at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Filing for the Maries R-2 Board of Education closed Tuesday with three candidates declared. 

Board incumbent Kenda Sanders filed Dec. 15 and is the only other candidate running for her second term. Aaron Vandigriff filed Dec. 15 also, and Ralicia Tyler filed at 3 p.m. on Jan. 7. 

Tom Kinsey III holds the second incumbent seat for the two available three-year terms, and has not refiled.

The city of Bland, known mostly for their write-in candidates, had a third candidate file at 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 19. Ned Steiner, currently appointed to serve the remaining months of former alderman Sherry Spradling’s term, filed late Tuesday afternoon.

The previous two candidates filed on Dec. 22 for the board of aldermen. During business hours, Alderman Mark Ferran filed his candidacy at 2 p.m., closely followed around 3:15 p.m. by Alderman Diana Mayfield. 

The Bland Board of Aldermen has two two-year terms and one one-year term for alderman at-large seats. The two-year seats are currently held by Mayfield, who was elected to the position, and Steiner. The one-year term is currently held by Ferran, who was appointed in October to replace Tommy Thompson.

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