The 2014 General Municipal Election is over, and 2,972 voters headed to the polls in Pettis County to make their voice heard.

There were several positions that garnered early attention in the Pettis County Courthouse, with the race for Sedalia Mayor, City Council Ward 1 and 3, State Fair Community College Board of Trustees amongst others being contested.

Sedalia Mayor Elect Stephen Galliher
Sedalia Mayor Elect Stephen Galliher

Stephen Galliher defeated Allen Hawkins with 1200 votes to 539 for Sedalia Mayor.

James Cunningham defeated Susan Daniels for the Sedalia first ward city council position. Donald Meier defeated Terry Cockrell 250 votes to 137 for Sedalia third ward city council.

The closest vote of the evening went to the race for State Fair Community College Board of Trustees. Ron Wineinger received 1,725 votes and Jerry Greer received 1,627. They will both be on the board. Longtime Board of Trustess member Kip Salmon received 1,614 votes.

There were several area Mayor races in the area. The Green Ridge Mayor will be Ronnie Ollison who defeated Mike Johnson with 42 votes to Johnson's 13. The LaMonte Mayor race was close with Paul Wilbern retaining his position with 77 votes to challenger Daniel Stratton's 54. Smithton will have a new Mayor as Damian Lemens defeated incumbent Jerry Owen 62 to 35.

The other race was for LaMonte was for Ward 1 Alderman, which Fred Amstrong won with 46 votes to Dan Dekeyser's 35 votes.

The Smithton R-6 School District will have three directors on the Board of Education, which will be Eddie Bybee with 228 votes, John Frazee with 170 votes and Sara Moore with 157 votes. Frank Bell received 118 votes, Kyle Asbury had 101 and James Haislip had 87.

The Pettis County R-5 School District will have three school board members with Amy Kreisel receiving 141 votes, Austin Lea with 122 and Beth Douglas with 111. Kenneth Schuber garnered 89 votes, along with Jeremy Kiso with 81.

Pettis County Clerk Nick LaStrada had hoped for about a 17% turnout with higher absentee votes, but he was happy with the returns as the final percent came in at 7:54 p.m.

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