Election scheduled April 2
The Hannibal City Council will feature at least one new member following April's election after an incumbent, Jim Van Hoose, chose not to seek reelection. Meanwhile, the Hannibal Board of Education will feature five running for two vacancies.
The deadline for candidates to file was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Van Hoose has served the Fourth Ward as its council rep since Dec. 14, 2014, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Barry Louderman resigned because he was moving out of town. Van Hoose successfully ran for reelection in April 2016.
Alan D. Bowen and Bill Hatton filed to fill the Fourth Ward seat. The other contested race will be for mayor, where incumbent James Hark, who is seeking a second term, is being challenged by Lou Barta.
Hark represented the Fifth Ward for nearly six years before successfully running for mayor in April 2016. Hark's opponent three years ago was Barta.
Barta is no stranger to the council. In January 2010 he was appointed to fill the Third Ward seat that had stood vacant after the death of long-time councilman, Kyle Wilson, in November 2009. In April 2012 Barta was defeated in his bill for a full term by challenger Kevin Lionberger.
Also up for reelection is Second Ward Councilman Michael J. Dobson. He is running unopposed. It will be his fourth term. Dobson joined the council in 2010 after winning a runoff election. He won a second term in April 2013 and a third term in the spring of 2016.
In the Hannibal school board race the two incumbents are J'Nelle Lee and Linda Clark. Joining them on the ballot will be Pat Benson, Nikki Thomure and Michael Routh.