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Branson City Clerk Lisa Westfall swears in new Alderman Bill Skains.
Branson City Clerk Lisa Westfall swears in new Alderman Bill Skains.

Branson Board of Aldermen swears in new member

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The Branson Board of Aldermen yesterday swore in its new member from the April 3 election.

Bill Skains, representing Ward 1, succeeds nine-year Alderman Mike Booth, who’s retiring, said Branson spokeswoman Melody Pettit. During the April 3 election, Skains defeated competitors Babette Fogle and Marshall Howden. Skains received 43 percent of the vote, with the remainder split by Fogle and Howden, according to the election results posted at TaneyCounty.org.

Branson City Clerk Lisa Westfall yesterday also swore in returning Aldermen Rick Castillon, of Ward 2, and Betsy Seay, of Ward 3, both of whom ran unopposed, Pettit said.

While on the board, Booth served on the M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport Board, the Capital Improvement Committee, the Budget & Finance Committee, the Convention Center Management Review Committee, the Taney County Partnership, the Tax Increment Finance Commission, the Transportation Development District Board and the 76 Entertainment Community Improvement District Board, according to a news release.

“I have a great deal of pride in our community and still think the quality of life in Branson is wonderful,” Booth said in the release. “Although criticism by the noninformed can sometimes make you wonder why anyone would want to do this work, when you see your grandchildren playing in one of our many parks, knowing that your wife can safely travel anywhere in town, or hear how much fun the visitors are having in our community, it makes it all worthwhile.”

His successor, Skains, works as state chair of the Missouri Workforce Development Board. Castillon owns Rick’s Smoked Meat & Catering LLC, and Seay owns Branson Security Services Inc.

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