Although Seymour’s municipal and school ballots won’t feature a lot of names this April, there will be a pair of contested races for seats on the Seymour Board of Aldermen and the Seymour R-II Board of Education.
When filing ended last Tuesday, Dec. 28, there were two candidates for the two-year term for Seymour mayor, a seat
currently filled by Dan Wehmer, who became the city’s acting
mayor late last August with the resignation of Mayor Richard
Vinson, who sold his home last summer and moved outside
the city limits.
Vinson’s term ends in April when a new mayor is elected.
That new mayor will be one of two who have filed for the two-year seat.
First to file on Dec. 7 was longtime city resident Alicia Hagen.
A week later, she was joined on the ballot by Richard Bell.
Hagen is the owner of Elect Home Care, a home-health company started in Seymour and based in Rogersville. She also is the current chairman of the Seymour Planning & Zoning Commission.
Bell, who works in Rogersville, is known in the community as one of the leaders of the Seymour Scouts, which has packs and troops based in Seymour. He also in an active volunteer with the Seymour Friends of the Library organization that supports the Seymour Community Library.
After the election on Tuesday, April 5, the winner will fill a two-year term as mayor.
Seymour’s mayor earns $416.67 per month.
Before his resignation, Vinson was in his second two-year term as mayor, having been first elected in April 2018.
He won a contested race in 2018 over incumbent Larry Chafin, then emerged victorious in a three-person race in 2020 that featured Nadine Crisp and William Pogue, both of whom were city aldermen.
Two incumbent aldermen in this April’s election will be unopposed.
They are North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley and South Ward Alderman Dan Wehmer.
Ashley has been on the four-person city board for nearly 12 years; Wehmer is completing his second term of office after being appointed to fill an unexpired term in 2017.
City aldermen earn $75 per meeting.
Other members of the board include North Ward Alderman Darrel “Bub” Wallace and South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp. They are completing the first year of their respective two-year terms.
For the Seymour R-II Board of Education, which serves the Seymour R-II School District, there are three candidates for a pair of three-year seats on the seven-member board.
First to file was Bob Crump, a former teacher who previously has been elected to the local school board on two occasions. He last served on the board in April 2019.
Also filing were the two incumbents, Ashley Kelley and Josh Wright.
Kelley and Wright both are completing their first terms of office.
Crump is the owner of the Crump Auction Service, works for Seymour’s Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home and is the city of Seymour’s emergency-management director. He also is very active in community service, notably with the Seymour Lions Club and the Seymour Merchants’ Association.
Kelley is a family nurse practitioner who works in the Springfield area.
Wright is a loan officer for The Seymour Bank.
All three are Seymour natives and graduates of Seymour High School.
Other members of the Seymour R-II Board of Education include Debbie Baker, Stacy Kleier, Brad Leonard, Kim Wilkins and Heidi Young.
The city and school elections will be held on Tuesday, April 5, with the Seymour Nazarene Church on North Main Street serving as the polling place.
For voters of the Seymour R-II School District living in the Diggins Township, ballots in the school election will be cast at the Diggins Community Building on Highway NN, just south of U.S. 60.