The 'Unofficial' April 4th, 2023 Municipal Election Results

April 05, 2023

Results from the Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 Municipal Elections are included in this edition of ‘The I-J’ as an insert with contested races and questions highlighted. The polls were still open at ‘press time’. All totals and results are unofficial until the Election is canvassed.

Spring Election 2023 . . .

Little Interest Shown By Voters

Voter Turnout 9%

Washington County started out with a beautiful Spring day and ended with a blustery, warm afternoon for the scheduled Spring Municipal Elections with partly cloudy skies on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023.

With only 1,389 votes cast in Washington County and 15,238 registered voters eligible (registered as of February, 2023), the turnout percentage was just about 9.12%. County voters didn’t have many decisions to make on the ballots as there were only two county-wide questions, the Washington County Hospital Board seat and the marijuana Sales Tax (3%) question.

The questions that may have seen the biggest discussion were the County, City of Potosi and Village of Caledonia marijuana Sales Tax proposals.

Most all school districts had to have elections, Richwoods was the only school in the County who did not have a ballot.

Kingston K-14 School Board had three seats for three year terms with Amanda Ward, Billy Sampson Sr., Linda Maness, Julie West, ‘Bubba’ Kincaid and Katie Pyatt all running. The top three elected were William “Billy” Sampson 127, Jordan “Bubba” Kincaid 121 and Katie Pyatt 99.

K-14 also had an unexpired term for two years that had only Bonnie Daugherty as the lone candidate for that position.

On the Potosi R-3 School Board, there were four candidates to fill three seats. The two incumbents were Dallas Thompson and Hunter Belfield for re-election. The other candidates on the ballot were Angie King and Andrea Griffin. Elected were Dallas Thompson 565, Hunter Belfield 543 and Angie King 412 with Andrea Griffin receiving 379 votes.

Valley R-6 School voters had five candidates vying for election, Paul Redinger, Blake Yount, Pat Yount, Joe Tiefenauer and Tess Weeks. The winning results were Pat Yount with 179 votes, Paul Redinger with 171 and Blake Yount with 128.

Several boards did not have to hold elections as the number of candidates filed matched the number of seats open on their respective boards.

The area entities included with no election were Washington County Health Department; Washington County Ambulance District - Sub-Districts #2 & #5; Crawford County R-1 School District; Richwoods R-7 School District; Caledonia Fire District; Potosi Fire District; Quad Fire District; Springtown Water Supply #1; Belgrade Water Supply #2; and Holiday Shores Water Supply #4.

In Municipal Elections the Village of Caledonia had four candidates for the Board of Trustees and were electing three positions. John Lucas, Debra Dickey, Patricia Sims and Mary Lou Asher were candidates on the ballot. Votes were cast with John Lucas at 21, Patricia Sims 18 and Debra Bay 17 and Mary Lou Asher with 8.

The Village of Caledonia marijuana Sale Tax proposal (3%) passed with a vote of 18 Yes and 5 No.

The City of Irondale elected a mayor, William Hall, and two Aldermen, Frederick Williams and Debra Porter. None of the candidates had competition for position.

The Village of Mineral Point had three candidates for two positions. Becky Eckhoff with 25 votes and Tina Hammers with 21 votes defeated Kenny Cook with 19 votes. Hammers and Eckhoff will each serve two year terms.

The City of Potosi had one aldermen race on the ballot, incumbent Ward II Alderman Wayne Malugen was challenged by Roger ‘R.P.’ Coleman. In a very close contest, Malugen stayed in office with 61 votes while Coleman garnered 58 votes.

City of Potosi Ward I Alderman Mary Pat West was unopposed on the ballot.

The City of Potosi also had a question on the ballot for the residents, proposing a 3% Sales Tax on all retail marijuana sales. The voters passed the tax, 147 Yes and 51 No.

Voters did not have to spend long in the polling places as few questions appeared on any particular ballot around the County.

All totals are unofficial until canvass.

Washington County Proposition 3

Proposed Marijuana Sales Tax Levy
YES 876
NO 487

Wash. Co. Hospital Board

Elect one for six year term
Melvin Warden 774
Donna Joyce 463

Valley of Caledonia R-6 School Dist.

Elect three for three year term
Paul Redinger 171
Blake Yount 128
Pat Yount 179
Joe Tiefenauer 112
Tess Weeks 75

Kingston K-14 School District

Elect three for a three year term
Amanda Ward 94
Billy Sampson 127
Linda Maness 63
Julie West 70
Jordan ‘Bubba’ Kincaid 121
Katie Pyatt 99

Potosi R-3 School District

Elect three for a three year term
Dallas Thompson 565
Hunter Belfield 543
Angie King 412
Andrea Griffin 379

Village of Caledonia Board

Elect three for a two year term
John Lucas 21
Debbie Bay 17
Pat Sims 18
Mary Lou Asher 8

Village of Caledonia Question #1

Proposed Marijuana Sales Tax Levy
YES 18
NO 5

Village of Mineral Point

Elect two for a two year term
Tina Hammers 21
Becky Eckhoff 25
Kenny Cook 19

City of Potosi Alderman • Ward II

Elect one for a two year term
Wayne Malugen 61
Roger ‘R.P.’ Coleman 58

City of Potosi Question #1

Proposed Marijuana Sales Tax Levy
YES 147
NO 51

All totals are unofficial until canvass.