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The Democrat Club will be meeting at Piccolo Restaurant, 107 W Aldersgate in Nixa, on Tuesday,  October 16. Please join us at 6pm for a social time and dinner, with the meeting beginning at 7pm.

Our speaker will be Sam Smith, Field Organizer of Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Christian Co. Office. This will be our last meeting before the November election!

 

April Election in Christian County

On February 24, 2018, in Election, Event, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

Only one contested race (Sparta)in 6 municipalities and only 4 contested races for school boards (Billings, Chadwick, Spokane, and Sparta).

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Billings: A new mayoral candidate, David Rauch, is running uncontested. Incumbents Holly Fender, Mickey Brown, and Jessie Coker will remain in their seats for 2 more years. Four people are running for two school board seats: Lyndell Plowman, Chris Bos, Mike Tomlinson, and Karley Reeves.

Chadwick: School District has 3 people running for two open seats: Chad Sallee, Andrew Rice, and Colton Jones.

Clever: Looks like the current Mayor Jaredd King and two alderman, Jim McWilliams and Charlene Fraser are running again uncontested. Incumbents Justin Peebles and Chris Garrett will keep their School District seats.

Highlandville: No changes; George Pezold and Joe Gault are running unopposed. NO ELECTION.

Nixa: No contested races for city council or school board. Scott Perryman will replace Ryan Keating on the City Council and Matthew Barker will keep his seat. School board candidates RaeLynn Anderson and Josh Roberts will retain their seats.

Ozark: Only incumbents filed to keep their seats, so Nathan Posten, Bruce Galloway, and Heather Alder will remain on the Board of Aldermen and Aaron Johns and Patty Quessenberry will stay on the School Board.

Sparta: Valorie Watts is running uncontested for Ward 1 alderman, but in Ward 2 voters will decide between Steve Otten and Rosalie Watts. There are three people running for two positions on the School Board: Betty Braden,  Dennis Lilly, and Jacob Finney.

Spokane: School Board has four candidates running for two seats: Derek Hime, Carrie Rantz, Linda Mae Goodall, and Aaron Winslow.

Other items on the ballot: Christian County Health Dept. Board of Directors, Fremont Hills and Saddlebrooke municipal boards, road commissioners in various road districts, board of directors of local fire districts, use taxes for the cities of Ozark and Nixa, and Ozarks Technical Community College property tax levies. 

The Use Taxes: these would be a local sales tax on transactions that individuals and businesses conduct with out-of-state vendors, including catalog and direct market sales. This would include sales tax for online purchases. For more information, see the Christian County Headliner. 

The OTC tax levies: 2 property tax levies will be on the April ballot—Proposition A will ask voters to renew the existing levy extending the 5-cent existing tax to fund technical and healthcare operations at the school. Proposition B would increase their total levy from 15-cents per $100 assessed value to 20-cents. If both ballot measures are approved, the levy on a $100,000 home will increase from approximately $30 per year to about $40 per year; the cost for a similarly-assessed commercial property will rise from about $48 annually to $64. Voters in Clever R-V, Ozark R-VI, and Nixa school districts are eligible to cast ballots on these measures. For more information, see the Christian County Headliner.

See also information from the Christian County Headliner’s Voters’ Guide with Questions & Answers, coming out later in March.

Check out a sample ballot for your precinct (check your voter registration card for precinct).  Need an absentee ballot? Get the official application for an absentee ballot here.

 

Does Christian County need a bigger and better library?

On June 25, 2017, in Announcement, Election, Event, by Christian County Democrats

 

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On August 8th, 2017, you will have the opportunity to decide on the future of libraries in Christian County. You may also have a chance to vote on tax and bond issues, depending on your precinct.

Make sure you are registered to vote by July 12th! If you have moved to Christian County or moved inside Christian County, make sure to re-register with the County Clerk’s office. You can also see a sample ballot for your precinct at this location.

Here is the ballot language for the Library issue: Shall the trustees of the Christian County Library be authorized to renew its tax levy to the previously voted and approved rate of $0.20 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation for the purpose of 1) increasin

g the budget for books, materials, computers & technology; 2) expanding library services throughout the county with planned locations in Nixa, Sparta, and Clever, with improvements to the Ozark facility?

If you have further questions on this ballot issue, check out their website.

Are you going to be out of the county on election day?  

Don’t worry, absentee voting begins June 27th. Again, check with the County Clerk’s office. Absentee voting will end on August 5th.

Are you without a valid photo id?? There are still a lot of questions concerning the new law on voter photo id. But according to the Secretary of State’s office “If you are registered to vote, you can vote!” (But if you do not have a government-issued photo id, you will be required to sign an affidavit and/or receive a provisional ballot.) More information can be found at the Secretary of State’s website

 

BE PREPARED TO VOTE! November 8, 2016

On October 29, 2016, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

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Get your sample ballot for the November 8th Christian County Election.

Besides voting for our First Female President, you will be voting on US Senator (Jason Kander) and US Representative (Genevieve Williams), as well as Missouri state officers. You will also be able to vote for your District State Representative (and if you live in the 140th you have Jim Billedo on the ticket!), the 38th Circuit Judge, and the retention of certain judges. You will be also be voting for the Christian County elections offices of Commissioner (and if you live in eastern Christian County, you have Sue Ann Childers on the ticket!), Sheriff, Assessor, Treasurer, Coroner, and Public Administrator.  And you will vote on Constitutional Amendments (1,2,3,4, & 6) and Proposition A.

Recommendations on Ballot Issues:

Amendment 1: Continues funding soil and water conservation for state parks and historic sites for the next 10 years. RECOMMENDATION: YES

Amendment 2: Limits campaign contributions. But language is not clear; it could ban labor unions contributing, but allow corporations. Supported by Fred Sauer, author of “How Liberalism, a euphemism for socialism, destroys peoples and nations.” RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 3: Tax on cigarettes, 75% for early childhood education. Would limit taxes on cigarettes and give public monies to private and religious schools. Supported by large tobacco companies. Opposed by MO Nat. Education Association, American Lung Association, and American Heart Asssociation. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 4: Prevents new state or local sales/use tax on any service or transaction. It could block future taxes on new industries, limiting state and local entities with budget problems. Supported by MO Associations of Home Inspectors, Cattlemen, Funeral Directors, Broadcasters, Bankers, etc. Opposed by MO Municipal League and the Budget Project. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Proposition A: Tax on cigarettes, funding transportation infrastructure. This competes with Amendment 1, but also limits taxes on cigarettes. Supported by MO Petroleum Markets and Convenience Store Association. Opposed by Cancer Society, MO American Lung Association, American Heart Association, etc.

Amendment 6: Voters “may” be required to verify their identity, citizenship and residence with a photo id. This would suppress voters, especially minorities, the elderly, the poor, and students. There is no real evidence of voter fraud, and it will be difficult for people to get these ids. Republicans nationwide are pushing this issue in order to suppress Democrat voters. Democrats nationwide strongly oppose it. RECOMMENDATION: NO

For more information check out the VOTERS GUIDE by the League of Women Voters. You may go to their website and put in your address, or pick one up at your local library. Also, checkout the Christian County Headliner for October 26th. They have interviewed local candidates and presented the pros and cons of the ballot issues.

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April Election Coming Up!

On March 10, 2015, in Announcement, Candidates, Election, Get Involved, by Christian County Democrats

Blue vote button On Tuesday, April 7, you will be able to elect candidates and weigh in on community initiatives.

There will be 51 different ballots in this election, so it will depend where you live as to what you are able to vote on. But all cities will have candidate elections, with Highlandville and Sparta also having issues on the ballot. School ballot issues will be voted on in Billings, Fordland, Bradleyville, and Ozark school districts. The Selmore Special Road District is requesting a levy increase and Ozark and Logan-Rogersville Fire Districts will have board member elections. The Chadwick Fire District is requesting a levy increase. Some districts will have no ballots, according to County Clerk, Kay Brown.

To see what you will be voting on, check your voter registration card for your precinct, then look at your sample ballot. The County Clerk’s Office will help with absentee ballots.

“Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy…It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.”  —Nancy Neuman

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

On November 1, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, by Christian County Democrats

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Depending where you live, you may have different choices to make. A sample ballot is available online.

Your voter’s registration card will tell you where to vote or you can find polling places online or call 417-582-4340.

Democrat Club members have discussed the constitutional amendments you will see on the ballot and recommend a “NO” vote on all four amendments.

Amendment 2 allows relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under 18 years of age.

  • We already have precedent that allows admission of such evidence in particular circumstances.
  • Actual recidivism rates are lower than most believe (13% for incest and 24% for rape).
  • This could increase the risk of being wrongly convicted because even alleged crimes can be used (even if never convicted).

Amendment 3 would tie teacher evaluations to their students’ test performance.

  • It takes local control away from parents, teachers, and school districts.
  • It requires more standardized testing.
  • The current system allows for removal of poor teachers through regular monitoring and evaluation system.
  • Most education organization are against this amendment (Mo Nat. Educ. Assoc., Mo State Teachers Assoc, close to 100 school boards around the state) and the group sponsoring the amendment, Teach Great, has stopped campaigning for it.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.

Amendment 6 only allows 6 days of early voting and does not allow for any Saturday or Sunday voting.

  • It will only go into effect if the Legislature funds the measure, which they have not yet agreed to do.
  • This system is more restrictive than 29 other states.
  • Many call this proposal “a sham” because it eliminates weekends (when people can actually get out to vote) and shortens the early voting period.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.

Amendment 10 places limitations on the Governor’s powers to propose a budget without legislative consent.

  • Places limitations on the Governor’s power to allocate funds without legislative consent.
  • Prohibits the governor from reducing funding passed by the general assembly without legislative consent.
  • Would allow the legislature to override any withholding by a two-thirds vote, as with a veto.
  • Governors in all states except Maryland have this power.

Greene County Democrats passed a resolution opposing this amendment.

The League of Women Voters of Missouri has taken the stance of a “NO vote” on this issue.


Judges:

The Missouri Supreme Court created evaluation committees (funded by the Missouri Bar), consisting of lawyers and non-lawyers to rate all judges who are standing for retention under the nonpartisan selection system. Those recommendations are available online to voters. Kansas City Star says, “The statewide judges up for retention have all received adequate to high marks from persons familiar with their work and have earned YES votes.” They are Missouri Supreme Court Judges Laura Denvir Stith and Paul Campbell Wilson; Western District Court of Appeals Judges Lisa White Hardwick and Anthony Rex Gabbert; Eastern District Judges Lisa Van Amburg and Angela Turner Quigless; Southern District Judges Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer and Mary Sheffield.

Candidates:

And most importantly, don’t forget to vote for two very good, Democratic candidates:

  • Jim Billedo (if you live in the 140th District) and
  • Jim Evans for the 7th Congressional District.

Fire Protection and Tax Levies:

If you live in the city of Nixa, you will vote on a Fire Protection bond for an additional fire station and new equipment; if you live in Highlandville, you will vote on a tax levy of 40 cents per $100 assessed value; if you live in Sparta, you will vote on a tax levy increase (30 cents per $100 assessed value) for the Fire Protection District.