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JALC board race, mayoral races highlight election

 
BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Managing Editor
Posted on 4/3/2017, 5:00 AM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY - Marion is pretty much out of the limelight when it comes to city elections tomorrow (Tuesday). There is no mayoral race until 2019. The same can be said for the four commissioners: Jim Webb, John Goss, Anthony Rinella and Angelo Hightower. The school board race is unopposed as is the park board race.

Running for re-election to the school board in Marion are Brandi Bradley, Steven Cook and Ben W. Bruce. Running for re-election to the park board are Christopher R. "Sheff" Sheffler and Ashley Gott.

The most important school board race, if not the most important race period in the county is at John A. Logan College. Four newcomers are fighting for two six-year terms as trustees on the board, including: Bob "Hawk" Ellis, William L. Orrill, Mandy Little and Rebecca "Becky" Borgsmiller. Glenn Poshard is unopposed for an unexpired four-year term.

There are also some key mayoral races in other parts of the county.

In Johnston City, for example, incumbent Jim Mitchell will attempt to fend off a challenge from Michael Murray.

In Carterville, incumbent Bradley M. Robinson is taking on John W. Frost. In Hurst, Duke Woolsey and Jim "Magic" Morrison are vying for the lead spot. In Colp, Tammy O'Daniell-Howell meets up with Bryan Riekena. In Creal Springs, Micah Morrow and Gary Wright square off.

Incumbent Steve Frattini is seeking re-election as mayor in Herrin. He is unopposed. In Cambria, Steven W. Gottschalk is also unopposed. In Crainville, Ron Mitchell is unopposed. That is also the case in Energy where Bengie McGee is running unopposed. And in Pittsburg, incumbent Keith Violett is unopposed, as well.

Aldermanic races are a little more contested in some locales of the county. In Carterville, four residents (Johnnie W. Earls, William "Bud" Edwards, James M. Houseworth and Bryn O'Neil) are vying for one spot on the council in Ward 1.

Curtis Oetjen is unopposed in Ward 2. John G. Allsopp is unopposed in Ward 3 and Phyllis A. Emery is unopposed in Ward 4.

In Creal Springs, David Anderson takes on Mary Sullivan for a four-year term in Ward 1. Tina M. Wienczkowski is unopposed for an unexpired two-year term in Ward 1. Randall Marks is unopposed for a four-year term in Ward 2. There is no candidate for an unexpired two-year term in Ward 2. Ronnie Troxel is battling Vicki Conley in Ward 3.

In Herrin, there is only one race and that is in Ward 4 where incumbent Marilyn Ruppel will square off with Darrin Burks. Running unopposed are David Shoemake (Ward 1), Paul York for a four-year term in (Ward 2), Randy "Blue" Crompton for an unexpired two-year term in Ward 2 and Scott Kinley in Ward 3.

In Hurst, James Agers and Leslie Hall are unopposed for different length terms in Ward 1; Tonika Shoemaker is unopposed for a four-year term in Ward 2. There is no candidate for a two-year term in Ward 2. James "J.R." Kerley is unopposed for a four-year term in Ward 3. Brianna Truitt is unopposed for a two-year term in Ward 3.

In Johnston City, Lenda Rains is running unopposed for a four-year term in Ward 1. James Allen and Donald Shields will battle for a two-year term in Ward 1. Dexter Page, Lee Ann Murphy and Frances Cobb tangle for one spot in Ward 2. Dwight Hoffard is unopposed in Ward 3 and William "Billy" Hatfield is unopposed in Ward 4.

In Bush, Donald Inchcliff, Debbie Inchcliff and John Judd are running for three spots as trustees on the village board.

In Cambria, Suzzette (Waldron) Coffey, Terry McKenzie, Kendel Heifner and Zach Cox are fighting for three spots as a four-year trustee on the village board. Mark A. Phillips is running unopposed for a two-year term as trustee.

In Colp, Marcella Clark and James W. Howell are the only two candidates for three openings for four-year term as trustee. There are no candidates for two-year term.

In Crainville, Julie Aue, James (Jim) Rains and Mark D. Dollins are a given for three trustee seats. In Energy, Bradley N. Graul, Frank L. Snider, Sean McEvers and Karl H. Gusentine battle for three open setas as trustee. In Freeman Spur, Dale  Branche, Stacy Robinson and Tom Gorski are guaranteed spots as trustees on the village board. And in Pittsburg, Joe Taylor, Stan Serati, Jerry "Scott" Cutsinger and Chris Sullivan vie for three available seats on the village board of trustees.

There is only one city clerk race. Tina Alyea will battle Peggy Troxel in Creal Springs.

Khristina "Khrissy" Hollister is unopposed in Carterville as is the case in Herrin with Shelly Huggins; Hurst with Leah M. Swanner; Johnston City with Timothy Ditch; Crainville with Jacquelyn A. Chapman; and Energy with Brittney N. Gusentine.

There are no treasurers' races. Mark R. Carney is unopposed in Carterville. The same can be said for Carl Goodwin in Herrin and in Johnston City with Tina Lindsey.

School board races are contested in Crab Orchard, Herrin and Johnston City.

Pamela Watts, Robert L. Ray, Jon Daniel Killman, Rick Parks, Christopher M. Blumenstock and Jonathan Anderson are vying for three spots on the Crab Orchard board.

There are four candidates competing for four seats on the board in Herrin, including Kathleen DuVall-Woodcock, Daniel Kay, David R. Loucks and Rex Piper Sr. from the incorporated area and Kevan Plumlee from the unincorporated area.

In Johnston City, John Etherton, Chad Barras, Randy Brymer and Lori L. Linton are pushing for three spots on the board.

There are two referendums countywide. In Cambria, there is a question to the voters about allowing the retail sale of liquor in or at the village.

And in Pittsburg, the question to voters is shall the village impose a tax for expenditure on public infrastructure of 1 percent of gross receipts on persons engaged in the business of selling or transferring personal property other than food, medicine and titled property, at retail or incidental to the sale of service.