The following is a roundup of candidate filings for Macon County communities and school districts for the April 9 election. Attempts to obtain information for the village of Niantic and the Warrensburg-Latham school board were unsuccessful.
Argenta Village Board
Trustee Cindy Luedke is the lone candidate to replace Mayor Deena Bowman, who is not seeking re-election. Trustees Tammy Renee Boose, Bradford J. Rissler and Lawrence R. Slemp will be running against challengers Lori A. Hunsley, Lynn Kaufman, Peggy Manning, Kevin Metsker and Marcia L. Ries.
Blue Mound Village Board
Incumbent Village President Jerry Reichert is not seeking re-election to the position he’s held for two terms. Filing to replace him are current village board members Kenny Ervin and Ron Aten and Scott Younger, who does not currently hold an elected position in the village. Brian Henn, who was appointed to replace Edwin Weybright Jr., has filed for election to the board along with incumbent Phillip Crackel.
Forsyth Village Board
Current trustees Marilyn Johnson and Eric Morr are running to replace longtime Forsyth Mayor Harold “Hap” Gilbert, who is not seeking re-election. Three seats are available on the board. Bob Gruenewald, Dave Wendt, Sarah Woolen, Jim Matthews and incumbent Steve Hubbard filed to run for the open positions.
Harristown Village Board
Two former officeholders, Rose Ross and Charlotte Long, are looking to make a return. Ross is seeking another term as mayor, while Long is seeking another term as treasurer. The two candidates who defeated them four years ago, Gordon Schrishuhn and Janice Wright, aren’t seeking re-election. They will be joined on the ballot by incumbent clerk Penny Allen, and board member W. Cody Endrizzi. There are no candidates for two remaining board seats. Incumbent board members Walter Walker and Lloyd Davis are not seeking another term.
Long Creek Village Board
President Cheryl Smith will seek re-election in April, as will incumbent trustees Glenn Calhoun and Jeannie Robinson. Don Wilfawn, who was appointed to replace Todd Streibich, has also filed to seek election to the final two years of Streibich’s term. Nancy Benton isn’t seeking re-election, leaving the ballot one candidate short of a full slate.
Macon City Council
Alderman Phil Tomlinson is the lone incumbent not seeking re-election. During a caucus held earlier this month, the Citizens party chose Chris Thompson to replace Tomlinson on the ballot. He will be joined by Mayor Todd Collins, City Clerk Pam Windell, Treasurer Dale Tomlinson, and aldermen Greg Smith and Jeanne Hill. All are seeking four-year terms. Charles Morey, who was appointed to replace Joe Snow, was chosen to seek election to the final two years of Snow’s term. Independents seeking election are Frank Dunmire for mayor and Josh Conder for the two-year alderman seat.
Maroa City Council
Longtime Mayor Ted Agee is being challenged by Lisa Bruner. Teresa L. Macklin, Wayne Kissinger and Diane L. Edwards filed to run for the vacant city clerk position. Current city treasurer Michele Modro-Peters is seeking another term. Incumbent Aldermen Vince Sims is running in Ward 1 along with Ryan Wilkey in Ward 2. No candidates filed for Ward 3 alderman.
Mount Zion Village Board
Incumbent trustees Dean Otta, Rick Bright and Donna Scales and challenger Mark Scranton are seeking the three available seats on the village board.
Oreana Village Board
Clerk Aaron Keathley is leaving his seat wide open to run against Angela Ward to replace longtime Mayor Daniel Lightner, who is not seeking re-election. Ward is married to trustee David Ward. No candidates have filed to run for village clerk. As for the village board, incumbents Julia Ballard and Loren Hiser are in a four-way race for three open seats. Challengers are Aaron Klepzig and Steven E. Ryan. Trustee Scott Lewis is not seeking re-election.
Warrensburg Village Board
Village President Steven Mills will face two independent candidates in his bid for re-election. Corey Maloney and Leland Hackl both filed to run against the incumbent. Only two candidates filed for the three open trustee positions, with incumbents Frank Musick and Dough Fisher filing for re-election.
Argenta-Oreana School District
There’s no board contest on the horizon, with Dick Logue and Terry Grider running to retain their seats and Rory Tipsword running to replace Bill McClure, who is not seeking re-election.
Decatur School District
Only one incumbent, board President Dan Winter, has filed for re-election to the Decatur Board of Education. Other candidates include Barry Buttz, Alida Graham, T.J. Jackson Jr., Robert Madison Jr., Duane McCoskey, Billy Roberts, William Smith, Fred Spannaus, Tony Wilkins and Karl Meurlot. Board members Kevin Moore, LaVell Peete and Jackie Bullard are not seeking another term.
Maroa-Forsyth School District
Recently-appointed member Mark Stahl is running for one open seat on the school board from Hickory Point Township against Russ Corey. Incumbent Jill Applebee along with Rhonda Braden and Tony Norton are seeking two seats in Maroa Township.
Meridian School District
Six candidates, none of them incumbents, have filed petitions seeking three open seats on the Meridian school board. They are Adam Herbert, Monte Hogan, Rita Hogan, Angela Dawson, Chris Merrit and Drew Johnson. Incumbents Ruth Hilvety, Ina Brown and Bryan Barnes are not seeking re-election.
Mount Zion School District
Four candidates, including incumbents Phil Jacobs Jr. and Kenny Davis, are seeking three open seats on the Mount Zion school board. They are being challenged by Nate Scranton and Todd Garner. Janet Hogan isn’t seeking re-election.
Sangamon Valley School District
Three of the four school board members whose seats are up for election have filed as candidates: Leonard Williams, Chad Hartwig and Mike Staab. Other candidates for the board include Kyle Nave, Trenda Myers, Brad Centola, Michael Oakley, Sally Pocklington, Billie (Blair) Wilhelm and Josh Hilbert. Incumbent Dan Gietl isn’t seeking another term.