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Pemiscot County School Board races heat up

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School board races across Pemiscot County are all going to be contests this time around as sign ups to be named on the ballot ended Jan. 21. The North Pemiscot School District in Wardell, MO has the most contested race with 12 people signed up to run for three open seats. The election is Apr. 8.

Incumbents Jerry Bullock and Gary Wilson have filed for re-election. They will take on Jerry McHugh, Chris Cooley, Heath Conaway, Willie Hunter, Jeremy Lawson, Ralph Tanner, Brian Luye, Joshua McGowan, Tim Rinehart, and Jimmy Swims.

In Hayti, MO, four people have signed up for three seats. Incumbents Mark Cartee, Doug Khourie, and Chris Brown have signed up for re-election. Brenda Ruff has also thrown her hat into the race.

In Caruthersville, MO three seats are up for election. Incumbents Cynthia Hodge, Bill “Peanut” Reno, and Tom McCall have all re-filed. John Ferguson has also filed to run for one of the three seats.

The South Pemiscot School District is Steele, MO also has four people running for three seats. Incumbents Kevin Gilmore, David Greene, and Nogi McDaniel have signed up for re-election. Beverly Renee Golden has also signed up to run for one of the three seats open.

In Deering, MO, the Delta C-7 School District has four candidates for their three seats. Incumbents Dwight Blankenship and Mike Tidwell have filed for re-election. Jerrod Young and Bert Rowell have also signed up to compete for the position.

The Pemiscot County R-3 School Board race had three-three year term seats up for election and one two year seat. B.J. Gatewood has signed up for the two year seat, to which he was appointed and is an incumbent. He is unopposed. Incumbents Stacy Faulkner, Brian Gunnels, and Bobby Lynn Powell have all filed for re-election, and they will be joined by Betty Turnbow.

In Cooter, MO, the only information given out by the administration today was that there were three three-year seats up for election and one one-year term and five people have filed. The names were not available today.