Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller's office is reminding residents that today is the deadline to register to vote for the April general election.
The full April 6 Greene County sample ballot can be viewed at the county's website.
Here are the Springfield election candidates to watch and their campaign finances reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission:
Springfield City Council
Voters next month will be tasked with selecting the city of Springfield's mayor, as well as four council members.
For mayor, incumbent Ken McClure is running against challenger Marcus Aton.
McClure was elected as mayor in 2017 after retiring in 2015 as Missouri State University’s vice president for administrative services. In his latest MEC filing, he reported roughly $33,000 in money on hand.
Competing candidate Aton, a freelance marketer, posted nearly $11,000 in money on hand in his latest report to the MEC.
For the Zone 1 council seat, Angela Romine and Isabelle Jimenez Walker are facing off.
The owner of Halo Massage and Wellness, Romine reported $620 in money on hand in her latest MEC report. Walker, a real estate broker and owner of Eagle Management & Realty 1 LLC, disclosed $986 in money on hand for the same reporting period.
Zone 4 Councilmember Matthew Simpson has two challengers: Craig Kauffman and Jean Kalapathy.
Simpson, director of research, strategic planning and grant development at Ozarks Technical Community College, had $11,819 in money on hand as of his latest MEC report. Kauffman, president of Associated Video Producers Inc., reported money on hand of $350 in the same MEC filing, and Kalapathy, southern Missouri lead for BeSmartForKids.org, did not report any money on hand.
The General Seat A candidates, in alphabetical order, and their last reported money on hand:
• Randy Allen, retired vice president at Hamra Enterprises, $147;
• Alexander Aton, a foreign language professor at MSU, $685;
• Justin Burnett, former city councilperson who works for Mardel Christian & Educational Supply Inc., $104; and
• Heather Hardinger, director of workforce and economic development consulting projects at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, $8,392.
The General Seat B candidates, in alphabetical order, and their money on hand in their latest MEC reports:
• Brent Brown, managing partner of Greenway Development Group and CEO of Entrust Property Solutions, $28,955;
• Justin Michael Hasty, a private contractor, $505; and
• Craig Hosmer, incumbent, partner at law firm Hosmer, King and Royce LLC, $1,302.
Springfield Public Schools Board of Education
On April 6, voters also will decide on three seats for SPS' governing board.
The candidates, in alphabetical order, and their money on hand in their latest MEC reports are:
• Kelly Byrne, managing member of development company Say You Can LLC, $1,898;
• Scott Crise, manager of technical services for Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., $4,260;
• Danielle Kincaid, co-founder of The Elder Law Group LLC, $4,784;
• Dr. Maryam Mohammadkhani, a pathologist at CoxHealth, $5,688
• Daniel Ogunyemi, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for OTC, $1,950; and
• Jill Patterson, incumbent, Title IX coordinator for MSU, no report on file;
• Brandi VanAntwerp, grant administrator for the CoxHealth Foundation, $2,027.
The candidates are running for three-year terms.
Demand is ramping up as COVID restrictions relent.
This poll is not a scientific sampling. It offers a snapshot of what readers are thinking.
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