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Election Focus: Local Mayoral races

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

election-buttonLaddonia Mayoral race

—The following preview of the election for mayor in the City of Laddonia includes a biographical write-up on each candidate and a vision statement/point of emphasis on fulfilling to duties of the office, if elected on April 7, 2015. Candidates appear in the following article in the same order their names appear on the election ballot. Information was either submitted in electronic or paper form by the candidate or provided through an interview over the phone or social media.
[Mayor-
City of Laddonia]

Ono Monachino
(as submitted by the candidate) My name is Ono Monachino. I have been a resident of Laddonia, Mo. since 2006. I have served on the City Council for the past seven years. I serve on the Laddonia Rural Fire District and prior to that I served for three years on the Laddonia Rural Fire Association. I serve as Budget Coordinator for the Fire District.
While serving on the City Council, I have been the liaison for the city in dealing with DNR, the local land owners and the city engineer so the city will be in compliance with DNR requirements for the removal of wastewater from the city lagoon. I have been asked, and agreed, to serve as the person responsible to assure invoices and checks agree with the information presented on the warrant list (this is a requirement of the auditor.)
I have been married to my wife Nancy for 58 years. I have five grown children and six grandchildren.
I completed my B.S. degree from Northwest Missouri State University, my M.S. degree from Truman State University, and my specialist degree from the university.
I served 40 plus years as a public educator as a Math teacher/coach, a principal, and a superintendent of schools. I also served as the administrator for the off campus elementary education for Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. I have been an active member of my church, I have helped on occasion at the St. John Food Pantry, and I am a member of the Martinsburg Knights of Columbus.
As mayor, I will work to complete the many projects that have waited too long for completion. I will be a leader in making plans for the completion of projects we all know exist such as street replacement, getting rid of the junk automobiles and trash that hurt the beauty of our town, and work to clean up the areas where overgrown weeds and trash prevail. I will not wait to see if someone else will take the lead but I will lead to see the projects to completion.
Many patrons may feel the city council is responsible for getting things done. The council can only approve projects and provide proper funding. The mayor should take the leadership role to insure the projects will be completed.
I have been asked to provide the leadership necessary to complete the following projects, with input from the other council members we now have in place:
• Police Officer-Larry Kneiss handled the leadership role until his retirement from the council. I then assumed that roll. It was decided by the council to break the ties with the Vandalia Police Department and to seek our own officer. Once a patrol car was purchased, Monte took the lead in getting the car ready for the road. This would save the city approximately $50,000 over a three year period. We now have a great police officer.
• Website-Although not perfect, this is a project the city has been working (on) for the past two years. We now have it up and running.
• Wastewater Removal-The first estimate to complete this project was $1.3 million. After much correspondence with State authorities, a trip to Jefferson City, and a meeting at a local site we were able to change the scope of the project that could result in a savings between $600,000 and $800,000 for the city.
Why would I make a good mayor for the City of Laddonia? I have the experience of working with people, experience with budgets and construction, I have the time to do the job, and I will not quit before my term is over.
I would appreciate your vote on April 7, 2015.
Josh Deimeke
(as submitted by the candidate) I have lived in Laddonia for the past eight years. I live with my wonderful wife Melissa Curtis Deimeke and our two awesome kids Skylar, 11, and Evelyn, 2. I also serve the Laddonia Athletic Association as president. Helping our little league and raising money for our annual fourth of July celebration. I also enjoy playing slowpitch softball, and coaching my son’s little league team.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Laddonia for giving me the pleasure of serving them as mayor these past two years. It was a wonderfully exciting and educational experience for me. I look forward to serving the City of Laddonia for a second term.
While serving as mayor these past two years I have:
• hired a police officer
• implemented a hiring process for a new city clerk, collector, and treasurer.
• managed the city office to run smoother and more efficient.
• managed new hours for the city office.
• started enforcing the city ordinances.
• managed city cleanup day.
If re-elected my plans are to:
• upgrade the city park
• repair basketball courts
• repair of city streets
• start and complete city water tower project
• complete drainage project.
• push for community involvement and support.
• veto the mayor’s pay ordinance.
Why you should vote for me:
• I have been honored to serve Laddonia the past four years as alderman and as mayor.
• will donate any mayoral salary to the repair of our park(s).
• strive for and pursue community involvement.
• insure the safety and future of our town for our younger generations.
• continue to strive and push for excellence for all in Laddonia.
Vote Josh Deimeke for mayor!

Farber Mayoral Race

—The following preview of the election for mayor in the City of Farber includes a biographical write-up on each candidate and a vision statement/point of emphasis on fulfilling to duties of the office, if elected on April 7, 2015. Candidates appear in the following article in the same order their names appear on the election ballot. Information was either submitted in electronic or paper form by the candidate or provided through an interview over the phone or social media.
[Farber Mayoral Race] John Hodde
Incumbent John Hodde has been serving as Farber Mayor since 1982.
His wife is Rose and he’s the father of daughter Melissa and sons Nathan and Jeremy.
He also has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Farber’s mayor has been a plant engineer at Harbison-Walker for more than 40 years.
Hodde looks forward to the opportunity of once again serving Farber’s residents as the town’s mayor if elected on April 7.
Ken Scott
Ken Scott is a 1977 graduate of Bowling Green High School and has lived in Farber and the surrounding area for 31 years.
His wife is the late Kathy Scott. His children include Jennifer, Jessica, Andrew, and Annie. He works at Scotts Transportation and Logistics.
“I’d like to do whatever I can to improve and help the City of Farber,” Scott said as part of a vision statement he submitted. “Having lived in Farber for the last 25 years, I’d work hard for the city and would appreciate your vote.”