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Jim Billedo (current Chair of the Christian County Democratic Central Committee) is running for the 20th Missouri Senatorial District. This covers Christian County as well as Greene County. Jay Wasson is our current State Senator. Jim will be running against Eric Burlison in November.

Jim invites you to join him for a “Meet the Candidates” night on Tuesday, July 22nd at 6:00 pm at Strafford City Hall (126 S Washington Street, Strafford, MO). 

Jim will also be attending the “Political Rally” at Turners Station Mercantile (out State Hwy D (E Sunshine St) to E Farm Road 148) on Sunday, July 22nd between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  

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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October 12th Last Day to Register to Vote in Missouri

On September 15, 2016, in Announcement, Democratic Party, Election, by Christian County Democrats

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ALL elections are important and in need of voters. But THIS one is particularly important–to YOU, and to ALL of us! So please make sure you are registered to vote, and that you VOTE on November 8th!

If you have moved recently and have not re-registered, you may not be allowed to vote. You may contact the Christian County Clerk’s Office, 100 West Church, Room 206, Ozark, Missouri 65721 or   call 417-582-4340 or register online with the Secretary of State’s Office.

If you will not be able or available to vote on November 8th, request an absentee ballot through the County Clerk’s Office.

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