...Voters will find a crowded race for the Pleasant Hill R-3 School Board on the ballot when they go to the polls on April 7.
...Although there are no races for the Pleasant Hill City Council on the spring ballot—Precinct #21 Councilman Paul Beason and Precinct #20 Councilman C.J. Hicks are running without opposition—four candidates have filed for two seats on the R-3 School Board.
...In that race, current R-3 Board members Clay Kohler and Dr. David Hertzog face challengers Phillip Kassel and Todd Wilson on the April 7 ballot.
...John Clayton “Clay” Kohler is seeking his second 3-year term on the R-3 School Board.
...A Pleasant Hill High School and William Jewell College graduate, Kohler taught seventh grade and was an assistant football coach in the Odessa School District before starting Kohler Lawn & Outdoor in 1990.
...The Kohlers opened County Storage in 2000 and the Full Throttle Center in 2014.
...Kohler and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of five children.
...In his spare time, Kohler enjoys coaching and supporting his children’s sporting events, school activities and church functions. He also enjoys hunting and fishing with his boys and dabbling in the cattle business.
...“I am a teacher at heart and want to see all students succeed,” Kohler says. Because I have children in so many schools, I am able to see what they are learning and doing across the district.”
...He says that it takes a team—School Board members, school administrators, teachers and parents—working together to meet the challenges facing the R-3 District.
...“As a School Board member, I hold the administrators accountable for student performance,” he said. “I expect outstanding academic ach-ievement from all students in our community.”
...Kohler says Pleasant Hill schools have been good to him and he would like to continue offering his experience in teaching, owning a business and his love of the Pleasant Hill community to the school district.
...Dr. David Hertzog is seeking his third term on the R-3 Board.
...He currently serves as School Board treasurer.
...Hertzog earned his undergraduate degree in animal science and veterinary medicine degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and is a veterinarian with the Lee’s Summit Animal Clinic.
...“I would like to continue to serve on the School Board because I consider it an honor and privilege and think I have served honestly and without any axe to grind.” he said.
...Challenger Phillip Kassel is seeking his first 3-year term on the R-3 School Board.
...He is a teaching pastor and elder at Grace Family Fellowship in Pleasant Hill.
...Kassel earned a bachelor of arts degree at Missouri Valley College and a masters in Christianity and classical studies at Knox Theological Seminary.
...He has assisted coaching youth football and novice wrestling and working with the FIT Families program.
...Kassel and his wife Amanda have two children and are expecting their third later in the year.
...In his leisure time, he enjoys his family, CrossFIT and skiing.
...“The Board of Education has one of the most influential and important roles in the community with very high stakes,” he says, “and the education of the young is of utmost importance.”
...Kassel says he feels he brings extensive and proven experience in team development from corporate to volunteer bases.
...“I bring a genuine passion for people and love seeing teams get behind an intrinsic need that is much greater than any one person alone could accomplish,” he says. “I believe I will add this kind of value to the Board of Education and the Pleasant Hill school system as a whole.”
...Challenger Todd Wilson is seeking his first term on the R-3 School Board.
...Wilson is owner/agent of the T.C. Wilson Insurance Group. He has owned the Pleasant Hill agency for the past four years and has been in the insurance business for 15 years.
...For the past 12 years, Wilson has been the “Voice of the Roosters” as an announcer at Pleasant Hill varsity football games.
...He and his wife, Nici, are the parents of two children.
...In his spare time, Wilson enjoys coaching his daughter in soccer, softball and basketball.
...The Wilsons spend most of their spring and summer weekends traveling to livestock shows where his daughter, Tyne, and son, Truman, enjoy showing pigs and lambs.
...“I chose to seek a position on the School Board not because what is wrong with the district, but what is right with it,” Wilson says. “I desire to be a part of a team making a difference in our children’s lives.”
...Wilson says he was born and raised in Pleasant Hill and “bleeds purple and gold.”
...“I want to keep the school district moving in a positive direction,” he says. “I know there will be difficult decisions along the way, but if we keep the best interests of the students in mind, provide resources to our educators and remain fiscally responsible to our constituents, we can continue the tradition of excellence in our community.”
...R-3 voters will cast ballots at the Strasburg Baptist Church )Precinct #19), Community of Christ Church (Precinct #20), Family Worship Center Assembly of God (Precinct #21), Pleasant Hill Memorial Building Cedar Street entrance (Precinct #22), Memorial Building Paul Street entrance (Precinct #23), Crosspointe Baptist Church (Precinct #28) and Lake Winnebago City Hall (Precinct #29).
No Strasburg race
...There will be no races for the Strasburg Board of Aldermen on the April 7 ballot.
Carol Goodfellow is the only candidate running for a 2-year term in the North Ward and no candidates filed for either a 2-year term or a 1-year term in the South Ward. Those two aldermen will be elected by write-in ballot.
...Two candidates are running for an unexpired 2-year term on the Strasburg C-3 School Board this spring.
...Eric Stevens and Megan Donley are running for the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the C-3 Board left by the death of Rick Randolph. Current C-3 Board members Shannon Whited and Coleen Rucker were the only candidates for the two 3-year terms so no election for those seats was necessary.
...Frank Edwards is the only candidate for a 2-year term for the East Lynne Board of Aldermen and there are no candidates for a 2-year term as mayor. That office will be filled by a write-in vote.
...East Lynne voters will be asked to vote on a $250,000 bond issue to extend and improve streets and another proposal to allow the city to waive an election when there are no races on the ballot.
...Four candidates are running for two seats on the East Lynne #40 School Board this spring. Seeking the two 3-year terms are Misty Terrell, Keith Riggs, Matthew Peery and Jason D. Miller.
...The East Lynne School District is also asking voters the authority to waive the Proposition C property tax rollback. Voter approval would raise the East Lynne school levy from $4.21 to $4.73 on each $100 assessed valuation. The increase would allow the school to retain programs and qualified staff, maintain facilities and meet operating expenses.
...Four candidates are running for three 2-year terms on the Baldwin Park Board of Trustees in the April 7 village elections. Candidates for the Baldwin Park board are Justin B. Lewis, Ray Bain, Thelma Kidwell and Anna Leap.
...There are three candidates for two 4-year terms on the District 1 (South) Cass County Emergency Services Board this spring. Running for the board are David Ullery, Karen Steele and Max Schmoll.
...Finally, there are three candidates for one 5-year term on the Cass Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees on the April 7 ballot. Running for the hospital board in 2015 are Eric C. Collins, James “Chris” Kurzweil and Toni Wiseman.
...Polling places will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on election day next Tuesday, April 7.