Ballot counting has wrapped up in mid-Missouri counties.
Among the big winners were incumbent mayors in Columbia and Jefferson City and school districts around the area that won support for bond issues and tax levy increases.
Several cities also had tax issues on the ballot. In Mexico, voters approved a half-cent sales tax 555-214. However New Bloomfield voters rejected a 1-cent sales tax increase. In Jefferson City, voters approved measures to eliminate lifetime term limits on city council members and the mayor, to give the council the power to fire the city prosecutor and to change rules regarding conflicts of interest for officeholders.
Meanwhile Huntsville voters approved a use tax.
Get the full results by clicking here.
Columbia School Board candidate Blake Willoughby wins one of two seats available on the board with just more than 30 percent of the vote.
Full unofficial election results from Boone County have been released.
Della Streaty-Wilhoit and Blake Willoughby cruised to easy victories in the Columbia Board of Education race, with Streaty-Wilhoit drawing 11,568 votes. Willoughby took 9,096 and third place candidate Jay Atkins took 6,806 votes.
Streaty-Wilhoit, a political newcomer, in an interview after finding out she’d won said she was happy with how the community has embraced her.
Columbia Mayor Brian Treece’s final margin of victory over Chris Kelly was 10.325-5.761.
— Lucas Geisler (@LucasABC17) April 3, 2019
Voters in the Southern Boone school district approved an increase to the school’s operating levy 963-664. Southern Boone Fire Protection District residents approved a 12-cent tax levy increase 1,116-539.
The race for the Jefferson City Board of Education has been decided.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Lorelei Schwartz and Stephanie Johnson won the two seats on the board. Schwarz had 3,300 votes to Johnson’s 3,238. Steven Brown came in third with 2,247.
Brian K. Stumpe won election as Jefferson City municipal judge and Gaylin Carver was elected prosecutor.
In Callaway County, Terry Shaw won election as New Bloomfield mayor. New Bloomfield voters rejected a 1-cent sales tax increase but approved a $680,000 bond issue for streets.
Randolph County voters approved a $1 fee on cellular devices to fund 911. Pettis County voters approved the same measure but Maries County voters rejected it.
Lowe Cannell wins Fulton mayor, defeating Mike West 475 to 322.
Mayor Brian Treece spoke to his reporters shortly after challenger Chris Kelly conceded in the race for Columbia mayor.
Challenger Chris Kelly has conceded defeat to Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.
With about 74 percent of Columbia precincts counted Treece led 65 percent to 35 percent, or 6,996 votes to 3,835. Kelly gave a speech to his supporters at Billiards on Broadway congratulating the incumbent mayor Treece and expressing his gratitude.
Della Streaty-Wilhoit and Blake Willoughby had large leads for the two seats available on the Columbia Board of Education.
Tiwan J. Lewis, challenger for Jefferson City mayor, sent the following concession statement to ABC 17 News.
I really want to see my birth city flourish in a way that it should be. The youth here are not allowed to experience life to its fullest potential …the homeless issue is ridiculously obsurd considering that we. Have so many not for profits that want to help. I have watched so many families come in and out of the salvation army and families are hurt. It is going to take more than a bicentennial bridge that has potential to flood and a prison that the youth won’t continue to support in the future. I thank the community for the support I have received and I hope that me running for office gave those hope for their own life that may not have had.
ABC 17’s Sara Maslar-Donar provided a live video update from Mayor Brian Treece’s re-election campaign watch party.
Complete election results are in for several mid-Missouri counties, including Cole and Moniteau.
Among the winners in Cole County are a $14 million bond issue to build a new high school in the Blair Oaks district and a property tax increase meant to help fund the expansion. In Jefferson City, voters re-elected Mayor Carrie Tergin, voted to eliminate a lifetime service limit for council members and mayor and approved a measure allowing the city council to fire the city prosecutor.
In Moniteau County, Tipton voters approved a 1-cent sales tax increase but defeated a stormwater sales tax.
Full election results are posted here.
Mary Hussmann, a supporter of Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, talks with ABC 17 News at Treece’s re-election campaign watch party.
Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin has easily won re-election.
Tergin had 4,145 votes to challenger Tiwan J. Lewis’ 746 with 100 percent of the city’s Cole County precincts reporting. Some Jefferson City precincts are in Cole County, but they don’t hold enough votes to swing the election.
Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin appears well on her way to winning re-election.
Tergin had 1,571 votes with a third of the city’s precincts reporting, while opponent Tiwan J. Lewis had 304. In the race for Jefferson City Board of Education, incumbent Lorelei Schwartz and Stephanie Johnson had a commanding lead with 37 percent of precincts reporting.
Full election results are available here.
Incumbent Mayor Brian Treece had a large lead in absentee balloting Tuesday.
Treece had 418 votes to challenger Chris Kelly’s 283 after Boone County’s absentee ballots were counted just after polls closed at 7 p.m. In the three-way race for Columbia Board of Education, Della Streaty-Wilhoit led with 474 votes, while Blake Willoughby was in second with 394 votes. Jay Atkins was in third with 316 votes. Brian Jones, who dropped out of the race, had drawn 139 votes.
Randolph and Cole counties have reported the results of their absentee ballots.
In Randolph County, a $1 fee on cellular devices to fund 911 communications drew 76 absentee votes in favor and 31 against. In Jefferson City, Proposition B, which would restructure term limits in the city to eliminate a lifetime limit on service, was leading 275-174.
Chris Kelly, a former state representative challenging to be Columbia mayor, arrived at his watch party at Billiards on Broadway at about 7:30 p.m. to greet supporters.
Chris Kelly arrives at Billiards on Broadway. Says he feels good about tonight.
“These people have been good to me for 40 years. Whatever happens, happens.” pic.twitter.com/UHR8TG6p4T
— Lucas Geisler (@LucasABC17) April 3, 2019
For a full rundown of election results in mid-Missouri click here.
Cole County received 662 absentee ballots, which was 1.28 percent of registered voters. Mayoral candidate Carrie Tergin was in the lead based on those votes.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RESULTS:
662 received by Cole County Clerk.
Jefferson City Mayoral Race:
Tergin 390 (81.59%)
Lewis 85 (17.78%)
— Barry Mangold ABC 17 News (@BarryMangold) April 3, 2019 1.28% of registered voters represented here.
— Barry Mangold ABC 17 News (@BarryMangold) April 3, 2019
7 p.m.: Polls across Missouri closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Boone County voter turnout was at 14.5 percent at 5 p.m.
Mayoral incumbent Brian Treece was at his watch party as polls closed Tuesday evening.
Columbia School Board candidate Jay Atkins began his evening at his watch party as well.
Results to all contested elections in mid-Missouri can be found here.