In almost a month, Massac County voters will be heading to the polls to take part in the Consolidated Election.
To prepare for the April 6 election, the Massac County Clerk’s office will hold a public test of tabulating equipment at 2 p.m. today, March 4.
New voters have until Tuesday, March 9, to register to vote in the Consolidated Election. Tuesday is also the last day for registration transfer by voters who have changed their names and/or addresses.
Early voting is available now through Monday, April 5, at the clerk’s office from 8 a.m. until noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Early voting will also be offered from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The law prohibits persons voting during the early voting period to vote at the polls on Election Day.
Absentee voting laws remain in place for those who are physically incapacitated or who will be out of the county on April 6.
For more information on voting, contact the Massac County Clerk’s office at 524-5213.
To help voters prepare for the Consolidated Election, the Metropolis Planet will publish its Ballot Box section in the coming weeks. Massac County candidates have been sent a questionnaire. The March 18 edition will look at candidates in the city elections. The March 25 edition will look at candidates in the school board elections.
The April 6 Consolidated Election includes offices for the city of Brookport, city of Metropolis, Village of Joppa and the school boards of Joppa-Maple Unit 38 and Massac Unit 1. Five of these positions are unopposed. Names are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. All offices are four-year terms.
• City of Brookport:
— Mayor (vote for one): Kathy Tucker or Rance D. Phillips or Debbie Workman. Incumbent Tami Wessel is not seeking re-election.
— City clerk (vote for one): incumbent Lori Ann Klotz.
— Alderman Ward 1 (vote for one): Bronda M. Jones or Tami Wessel.
— Alderman Ward 2 (vote for one): David Brannum or incumbent Aaron Jerrell Tucker or Jeffrey Todd Taylor.
— Alderman Ward 3 (vote for one): Jack W. Anderson.
• Village of Joppa trustees (vote for three): incumbent Charles Kimmins and/or Gary Sharp and/or incumbent Annie Hubbard. There were no candidates for the village president.
• School board members:
— Joppa-Maple Grove Unit School District 38 (vote for three): Rachel Diane Henson and/or Corey Willenborg and/or incumbent Gail Stubblefield and/or incumbent Stacey Reames and/or incumbent Daniel Burnett.
— Massac Unit Unit School District 1 (vote for four): William Holt and/or John I. Willis and/or incumbent Jeff Brugger and/or incumbent Donald Koch and/or incumbent Jennifer Larrison.
• City of Metropolis:
— Mayor (vote for one): Chuck Short or Jim Hambrick or Robert McDonald or Donald Canada. Incumbent Billy McDaniel is not seeking re-election.
— City clerk (vote for one): incumbent Jan Adams.
— Alderman Ward 1 (vote for one): Leah Michele Longworth. Incumbent Mike Hall is not seeking re-election.
— Alderman Ward 2 (vote for one): Dylan Chambers or Penny Emery. Incumbent John Taylor is not seeking re-election.
— Alderman Ward 3 (vote for one): incumbent Darryl Neill.
— Alderman Ward 4 (vote for one): incumbent Chad Lewis.
Beginning this year, the Metropolis city treasurer is no longer an elected position, but will be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council.
The April 6 Consolidated Election ballot will also include the offices of Shawnee College Trustees, Century School District 100 board, Regional Board of School Trustees, Vienna Public Grade School #55 and Vienna High School District 13-3.
• Shawnee Community College District No. 531:
— Trustees of the community college district (vote for not more than three to serve a six-year term): April Moore and/or James Darden and/or John L. Windings.
—Trustees of the Community College District college district (vote for not more than one to serve an unexpired two-year term): Steven Etter or Deborah Shelton-Yates.
• Century School District 100 board (vote for four to serve a four-year term): Christina Wright (Township 14S Range 1E), Lisa A. Miller (Township 15S Range 1E), Alma DeWitt (Township 14S Range 1W) and Christy Davis (Township 14S Range 2E). Membership on the Century school board is restricted to a maximum of three members from any congressional township. On the basis of existing board membership, members may be elected in the the following numbers from each congressional township: not more than three may be elected from Township 15S Range 1E; not more than two from Township 15S Range 2E; not more than two from Township 14S Range 2E; not more than two from Township 14S Range 1W; and not more than three from Township 14S Range 1E.
• Regional Board of School Trustees for Franklin, Johnson, Massac and Williamson counties (vote for not more than two): Ronald M. Ellis — Williamson County. The write-in candidate for Massac County is Dwayne E. Wall. There are no other candidates for Massac County.
• Vienna Grade School District No. 55 board of education (vote for four to serve a four-year term): Shawn Yadloski and/or Teale Marie Betts and/or Sherie Smith.
• Vienna High School District No. 13-3 board of education (vote for four to serve a four-year term): David A. Allbritten and/or Dennis Jason Hynes and/or Matthew Johnson and/or John Summers and/or Robbie Reeder and/or Jay Morgan and/or Debbie Jones and/or Charles “Bo” Vinson and/or Philip W. McMahan.