Four candidates set to vie for seat on Berryville School Board

Friday, July 12, 2013

BERRYVILLE -- Four candidates will face off for one available seat on the Berryville School Board this fall.

All seats are at-large, with terms of five years. Position 1, currently held by incumbent Joe Ward, is up for grabs, with Ward rerunning.

Challenging him are David Waller, Darrell Stidham and Jeffrey Allen McCullough. Stidham lost the election in a runoff vote last year against incumbent Vonda Bailey.

Green Forest

Green Forest has two seats up for election, but they are unchallenged, and their incumbents are rerunning: Jerry King for the Zone 1 position, and Bud Phillips for the at-large position. Terms are five years.

Eureka Springs

The four positions available on the Eureka Springs School Board this fall all have hopefuls vying for them, but only two are contested, one incumbent will keep her seat, and one newcomer will take a seat.

Position 1, a one-year term, is being challenged by incumbent Chris McClung and write-in candidate Jack Muzio.

Position 3, a two-year term, will be retained by incumbent Gayla Wolfinbarger, who is running unopposed.

Position 5, a three-year term, is currently held by Peggy Kjelgaard, who was appointed to fill out an unexpired term and is not rerunning. That seat will be claimed unchallenged by Debbie Davis, a former Eureka Springs Elementary School principal.

Position 6, a three-year term, is being challenged by newcomer Candace Spaulding and by Tom Freehling, who served from 2009-11 and lost his bid for reelection in the subsequent term. The position is currently held by Karen Gros, who is not rerunning.


This election is handled by Boone County. One seat is available, and is currently held by Kenneth Davis, who is rerunning, challenged by Dixie Robison.

Those who wish to vote in the election must become registered voters by Aug. 19.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained starting July 19. They must be received by the county clerk by Sept. 16.

Early voting runs from Sept. 10 to Sept. 16 at the county courthouse.

Election Day will be Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at designated polling sites.

If a runoff election is needed, it will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8.

For more information, call the Carroll County Clerk's office at 870-423-2022.

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