Chrisman school district does away with township representation

Gary Henry
Posted 4/6/21

Voters in the Chrisman Community Unit School District #6 decided to switch to at-large election of school board members.

The question for making the change was on the ballot for the April …

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Chrisman school district does away with township representation

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Voters in the Chrisman Community Unit School District #6 decided to switch to at-large election of school board members.

The question for making the change was on the ballot for the April Consolidated Election, Tuesday, April 6. On light voter turnout, those who cast ballots said 192 yes for making the change to the 57 voters that wanted to retain school board election by congressional townships.

In a related election, voters selected first time candidates John Rogers and James Spesard over incumbent Leslie Henry for the Unit 6 school board. Rogers polled 204, Spesard had 146 and Henry got 111 votes.

One of the first actions of the Chrisman school board will be filling seats at the table that did not have candidates. Having made the switch to at-large election means the appointments do not have to conform to townships.

There were no changes to the Kansas, Crestwood, Paris 95 or Shiloh school boards as all of the candidates in those jurisdictions were unopposed incumbents.

Here are results in jurisdictions that had contested elections.

In Brocton, challenger Chad A. Dudley defeated longtime mayor Dennis Cary 62 to 20.

Incumbent Hume mayor Mike Eads got another four years in office with 104 votes to challenger Lyle McGregor’s 24.

Elbridge Township had a contest for road commissioner with Thomas “Dusty” Rhoads getting 79 votes and Curtis Vaughn polling 50.

Grandview Township road commissioner finished with Daniel J. Neibarger getting 84 votes and Shane East getting 15. The other race in Grandview Township was for trustee positions with six candidates for four spots. Russ Camp, 88; Vonnie Davies, 62; Misty Manning, 55; James Wright, 55; Charles Martin, 42; and James Tate, 32.

Prairie Township had an election for township clerk with Vickie Riggen getting 24 votes to Brandie Boots 17.

Shiloh Township had five candidates for the four trustee slots: David Smith 36; John Saddoris 35; Hugh Jones 32; Doris Stone 30; and Michael Christenberry 8.

A second ballot question appeared on all the ballots voted and that was if the Edgar County Board should contact other county boards regarding creating a new state without Cook County. It received 1,283 yes votes to 263 no votes.