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Seymour’s incumbent aldermen with split results

There was a split last week for a pair of incumbents on the Seymour Board of Aldermen.

Two incumbents, William Pogue in the North Ward and Nadine Crisp in the South Ward, were on the ballot last Tuesday, April 6.

Crisp won her race.

Pogue lost his.

In the North Ward, Pogue was defeated by challenger Darrel “Bub” Wallace by a margin of 59 to 33.

Wallace, a former city employee and former member of the Seymour R-II Board of Education, will offiicially be sworn in to his new seat at the city’s next regular meeting on Thursday, April 22.

In the South Ward, Crisp held off challenger Lyle Caswell in a close contest.

Crisp earned 58 votes.

Caswell was close behind with 53.

Both Crisp and Wallace won two-year terms of office.

There were no other city races on last week’s ballot.

Other elected officials for the city include Mayor Richard Vinson, North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley and South Ward Alderman Dan Wehmer.

All three have one year remaining on their respective two-year terms.

The only other area race last Tuesday was for a pair of board seats for the Southern Webster County Fire Protection District.

Two incumbents were on the ballot — Reggie Bumgarner and David Smith.

Smith received the most votes in Webster County at 138.

Next were Marty Cantrell and James Merritt; each received 97 votes. Bumgarner was fourth at 91, while the tally was rounded out by Richard “Guido” Blauvelt with 48 votes.

After a fraction of the district’s votes were tallied from Douglas County, Cantrell and Merritt remained tied in the vote total for the second board seat.

“It’s something I’ve never seen before,” Webster County Clerk Stan Whitehurst said of a tie vote in two counties.

In the interim, Merritt withdrew from the race.

“He signed a brief letter, offering to voluntarily withdraw from the election,” Whitehurst explained. “I think he wanted to save the district the expense of a special election in June to decide the tie.”

Tuesday evening, Cantrell and Smith were sworn into office.

Webster County Clerk Stan Whitehurst said the county’s voter turnout was 11.52 percent — 2,943 ballots were cast from 25,548 registered voters.

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