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Cities of Steele, Hayti, and Wardell have contested races

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The city of Steele, MO will only have one contested race on their ballot as the deadline to sign up to run for municipal election ended Jan 21.

According to City Clerk Linda Nowlin, the seats up for election are Mayor, Chief of Police, Alderpersons in Ward 1 & 2 and City Judge. Incumbent Mayor Keith Samford has signed up for re-election and is unopposed.

Chief of Police Billy Joe Stanfield, Jr. and City Judge Stephan Keating will also run unopposed and are the incumbents. Incumbent Randy McDaniel will not face opposition in Ward 2 as Alderman.
The contested race in the city is in Ward 1. James “Richard” Shuburte is the incumbent. He will face Jackie “Beau” Gray in the election.

In Wardell, MO, two at large alderperson seats are open and three people have signed up to run while both incumbents did not. Tim Rinehart, Jimmy Swims and Jason Ward will be running to try to fill the two seats according to City Clerk Sarah Windham. Mayor David Byrd has also signed up for re-election but is unopposed.

The city of Hayti, MO has only one contested race according to City Clerk Karla Laws. Incumbent Wendell Lockridge is seeking re-election for a one year term in Ward 1 and Incumbent Lisa Green is seeking re-election for the two year term in Ward 1. In Ward 2, Incumbent Chris Wooten will take on challenger Gary Moore.

According to Pemiscot County Clerk Pam Treece, write-in candidates can still file but must be registered at the County Clerk’s office for the write-in vote to count. They must sign up with intent to run as a write in by two Fridays before the election scheduled for April 8th. Treece also reminds voters that the last day to register to vote is March 12th and absentee voting starts Feb. 25 at the County Clerk’s office. Treece says that if you have moved, you need to make sure that your address is current to vote in the municipality you live in.

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