Election day is still a few months away for many Missouri voters – but the candidates are starting to line up for a long list of those races.
Webb City Mayor Lynn Ragsdale could be dealing with a very different city council in a few months.
“The council is alternating elections – so half of the council is up every two years,” says Lynn Ragsdale.
That means this April four seats will be on the ballot – and so far only one incumbent, Gina Monson, has filed for re-election. Ragsdale encourages interested residents to consider what it takes to fill the office.
“What we’re looking for is someone that sees the entire city. They see their ward and they know what’s going on in that ward, but they see the entire city. And they like to listen,” says Lynn Ragsdale.
While the Joplin council doesn’t have any open seats – there will be ballots for council in Carthage and Carl Junction as well as other southwest Missouri communities. And every school board will have openings in April, including Joplin R-8.
“Be a regular taxpayer within our district boundaries, you have to be 24 years of age or older, you have to have lived in Missouri for a minimum of one year,” says Melinda Moss, Joplin R-8 Superintendent.
Superintendent Dr. Melinda Moss points out that board meetings are just a small part of what it takes to do the job.
“Lots of financial information to review, sometimes there are contracts to consider, legal updates, curriculum choices,” says Moss.
The candidate filing period runs through January 15th with voters deciding these races throughout the state on April 2nd.