Schauer wins Plattsburg mayoral race • Tight finish in East Buch school board race
The Plattsburg Special Road District lives to see another day.
Rural and city voters in Plattsburg voted against a proposed dissolution of the special road district during the 2020 Municipal Election on Tuesday, June 2. According to the unofficial Clinton County results, residents voted against the dissolution 242-175.
Had the question passed, the district’s 100-miles of roads would have reverted to the care and maintenance of the Clinton County Road and Bridge Department, while the additional tax revenues that currently fund the special road district would have ended.
This year’s municipal election cycle was particularly long, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s election was originally scheduled for its traditional slot in early April, but was pushed back to June throughout the state as part of efforts to stymie the pandemic’s initial wave. The filing period for the election opened back in December 2019 and closed in January.
Despite the postponement, Tuesday saw a normal, April-like turnout for Clinton County, as 2,058 of its 13,100 voters made it to the polls - 15.71 percent.
Also in Plattsburg, the race for mayor went to the incumbent, as Mayor Dave Schauer was able to hold off challenger Larry Schussler for another term, winning 187-107. The Plattsburg City Council had a relatively quiet night with both John Mirosh in Ward I and Tracy Pincus in Ward II running unopposed. In Ward III, the late councilman Cam Collins passed away after the deadline for removal from the ballot, and was therefore on Tuesday’s ballot. There were 56 write-in votes for the position while 35 voters were cast for Collins. The write-in totals were unavailable as of press time.
The Clinton County R-III School District had four seats on Tuesday’s election, including three seats in one race. In that contest, Greg Harris (389 votes), John B. Thiessen (294) and David Dow (287) were the clear winners, with Charles Carnie III (187 votes) and Thomas Morsbach (164) coming in fourth and fifth. The other seat went to Mark Coulter, who was unopposed in his race for the two-year term. Unofficial school board results include tallies from both Clinton and Clay County.
The East Buchanan Board of Education put together the tightest race of the night.
Four candidates were running for three seats on the board. Kyle McCoy was the top vote-getter with 177 votes between Clinton and Buchanan Counties. Beth Gregory was second with 153 votes, Rodney Kenagy was third with 147 votes and Priscilla Whitt was fourth with 143 votes. The difference was slim, as Whitt tied Kenagy in Clinton County, 84-84, but Kenagy gained the edge in Buchanan County, 63-59.
In Gower’s lone city council race, Paul Pottier defeated Kenneth Pike 49-35 for the Ward II Alderman seat. Zack Craft ran unopposed for another term as Ward I Alderman.
The Lathrop R-II Board of Education had four seats up for grabs on Tuesday, including three seats for three-year terms in one race. In that contest, Jennifer Lanning won the vote in Clinton County, earning 195 votes, while James Martin (170 votes) and Darrell Morgan (159 votes) also secured seats. Gary Dowell was a distant fourth with 89 votes in Clinton County. The other seat, for two years, was decided in a two-man race, as Andy Noll received 207 votes and Aryk Sandridge was second with 34 votes. The Lathrop R-II vote totals don’t include results from Caldwell County.
The Lathrop City Council had two seats up. Incumbent Donnie Quinn ran unopposed in the South Ward to earn another term, while no one filed for the open North Ward seat. There were 46 write-in votes cast in the North Ward.
Clinton County residents in Trimble voted heavily in favor of selling the town’s sewer system to Missouri American Water for $1 million, approving the measure 94-10.
The race for the Village of Turney Board of Trustees was uncontested, as three candidates – Larry Swindler (eight votes), Kimberly Gordon (seven votes) and Terry Oliphant (seven votes) – signed up for three seats.