LINN, Mo. — Osage County voters decided school board and board of alderman races in several communities Tuesday.
Osage County R-2 Board of Education
In the race for the Osage County R-2 (Linn) Board of Education, the top two candidates were Mark Baker with 320 votes (30.83 percent) and Hannah Swain with 268 votes (25.82 percent). They will serve three-year terms.
The rest of the field had Scotty Dudenhoeffer with 145 votes (13.97 percent), Sam Niederhelm with 136 votes (13.10 percent), Michael Bickell with 79 votes (7.61 percent) and Stephen J. Enger with 35 votes (3.37 percent).
Voters approved a sales tax proposition; it will increase the general sales tax by three-quarters of 1 percent to be used for improving roads and public safety. The unofficial totals showed 103 "yes" votes (69.13 percent) and 45 "no" votes (30.20 percent).
In the races for the Board of Aldermen, Rick Niewald, the incumbent Ward 1 candidate, received 60 votes (86.96 percent). He was unopposed and will serve a two-year term.
Robert WM (Bill) Turner was the only candidate to file for the Ward 2 seat; he received 67 votes (83.75 percent). He'll serve a two-year term.
Osage Fire Protection District
In Osage County, the clerk recorded no votes cast in the race for two persons to serve on the Osage Fire Protection District Board. The winners will serve six-year terms.
According to results from the Cole County clerk, the unofficial winners were the two incumbents — Dale Braun with 421 votes (41.97 percent) and David Kampeter with 353 votes (35.19 percent). Patricia (Patty) Prenger received 226 votes (22.53 percent).
Tammy Massman won an uncontested race for mayor; she received 41 votes (85.42 votes) and will serve a two-year term.
In the race for two seats on the Board of Aldermen, the winners were Stanley Heckman with 33 votes (34.38 percent) and Delbert Wieberg with 32 votes (33.33 percent). Mike Kliethermes received 16 votes (16.67 percent).