Joplin City Council race heating up with eleven candidates in the running News by: Gretchen Bolander Posted: Jan 14, 2020 / 07:24 PM CST / Updated: Mar 5, 2020 / 07:44 PM CST JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin voters will have some choices to make on the April ballot. With five City Council seats on the ballot, there are eleven candidates in the running. The general race with three open seats includes Shawna Ackerson, Christina Williams, Keenan Cortez, and Josh Bard. There’s also Josh Shackles and Anthony Monteleone. There’s a Zone II race between Harvey Hutchinson, Charles Copple, and Jim Scott. The Zone III seat is also contested, with Phil Stinnett and Steve Urie on the ballot. The election will be held on April 7th.