Final election results

City officials elected on April 2 take the oath of office Monday, April 8, in the Council Chamber of the California City Hall. From left, City Clerk Brian Scrivner, left, administers the oath to Ward II Alderman Charles Roll, Mayor Norris Gerhart, City Collector Lesley Gerhart, Ward I Alderman Nathan Lewis and Ward III Alderwoman Carol Rackers.

City officials elected on April 2 take the oath of office Monday, April 8, in the Council Chamber of the California City Hall. From left, City Clerk Brian Scrivner, left, administers the oath to Ward II Alderman Charles Roll, Mayor Norris Gerhart, City Collector Lesley Gerhart, Ward I Alderman Nathan Lewis and Ward III Alderwoman Carol Rackers. Photo by David Wilson.

With a voter turnout of only 14.25 percent in Moniteau County for the Tuesday, April 2, municipal election, results were mixed. Of the Use Tax proposals, one passed and the other failed by almost reversed percentages. The issue passed county-wide by 674 "yes" votes - 54.8 percent - to 556 "no" votes - 45.2 percent. In the City of California, the result was 158 "yes" votes - 44.51 percent - to 197 "no" votes - 55.49 percent.

Another ballot issue was for the City of Tipton - a one-fourth cent sales tax for firefighting.

Contested races resulted in a few turnovers. One new board member will be on California's Moniteau R-I School Board. There were three candidates for two board seats. Rhonda (Kirchoff) Meyer with 399 votes - 40.06 percent - will be new to the board. Kyle Wirts with 336 - 33.73 percent - returns for another term. Paul Bailey received 252 votes - 25.30 percent.

Jamestown C-I School Board also had three candidates on the ballot for two seats. Scott Snyder - 110 votes - and incumbent Gail W. Muri - 90 - will be on the board while Diana Coonce received 43 votes.

The Latham R- IV School Board had one candidate running for the two board seats. Kerry Baumgartner will be on the board along with Jim Lepper who took 18 of 19 write-in votes.

The Prairie Home R-V School Board will see some changes. Of the three candidates running, the challengers - Donald "Will" Simmons and Kathleen Kendrick - won over incumbent Patty Dick. Nick flood did not run.

The Cole County R-I School Board (Russellville) will seat Shawn Ehrhardt and Michael Bungart who won over Rodney Edwards.

The California Board of Aldermen had contested races in Ward I and Ward II. Of the three candidates running for a seat being vacated in Ward I, Nathan Lewis - 33 - was selected to fill the position over Tina Kirchner - 26 - and Cherry Wineland - 11.

The Ward II race was won by challenger Charlie Roll - 83 votes - over incumbent Cameron Friener - 57. Roll is a former alderman.

In the City of Tipton, incumbent Mayor Jennifer Cary - 237 - retained the office as did incumbent City Marshall Leo Petree - 318 - over Bryan Weaver - 128. The two-candidate West Ward Alderman's race was won by Glen Dale Combs - 110 votes - over incumbent Kathy Simmons - 104.

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