Challengers take Cassville Council seats, incumbents favored for school boards
April 8, 2015
Two contested races in the Cassville City election on April 7 went to challengers over incumbents this year. Ann Hennigan, the current north ward alderman, was beat by challenger Jon Horner, and south ward alderman Jan Anthony was unseated by Cindy Carr.
Horner had 166 votes to Hennigan’s 96. Carr received 125 votes to Anthony’s 59. Cassville City voters had the second highest turnout at the polls in the Barry County precincts.
For the Cassville School Board, the race was much closer. Incumbents John Sullivan and Carolyn Bowen faced opponents Wade Hermansen and Dale Phelps. Hermansen and Phelps both ran on platforms focusing on their status as parents of students in the district which drew a lot of local attention. Incumbents John Sullivan and Carolyn Bowen kept their seats, but by a narrow margin. Hermansen lost the seat by only eight votes to Bowen. The final tally was Sullivan with 688, Bowen with 647, Hermansen with 639 and Phelps with 374.
Incumbents were also the winners of the Purdy R-II School Board election with Ken Terry and Randy Rex Henderson maintaining their current seats. Challenger Carla Schad ended up with 24.47 percent of the final vote with 92 ballots cast her way. Terry’s final was 148 and Henderson’s was 133.
For a complete listing of the election results, see page 8A.