Kirksville Council, School Board election winners look forward to serving

After months of campaigning, the votes from Kirksville's municipal election have been tabulated. (KTVO)

After months of campaigning, the votes from Kirksville's Municipal Election have been tabulated.

It was a big night for many in the City of Kirksville on Tuesday.

The proposed half-cent Parks and Recreation Sales Tax hit a home run with almost 80 percent of voters giving it a thumbs up.

The tax, which is estimated to generate $1.2 million per year for the Parks and Rec Department, will officially take effect on October 1, 2017.

Kirksville City Council members will be asked to certify the results of the election during a special meeting scheduled for Monday.

During the election, two city council seats were up for grabs.

Incumbents Jerry Mills and Rick Steele were both re-elected. They handily defeated challenger, Kevin Alm, who said during a recent candidate forum that he has run for Kirksville City Council 18 times.

Steele was on hand at the Adair County Courthouse Tuesday night awaiting election results.

"I was very happy that I won re-election, and I was just thrilled to death that the half-cent sales tax passed. It was a very good election, and I'm very pleased. I just feel like we are kind of in an economic boom, and we just need to keep it going."

Mills echoed Steele's sentiments and is excited to see the City of Kirksville improve.

"I'm just happy to help out for another three years and hopefully see Kirksville continue to grow."

On the Kirksville School Board side of the election, three seats were up for grabs. Six candidates were running for those seats, including incumbent Nan Davis.

During the campaign, winning candidate Jeremy Houser canvassed nearly half the town, passing out almost 2,000 flyers.

"It is with the same energy and encouragement that I will work diligently with the school board members, the administration and the teachers to improve the vision, communication and culture of our school district."

Nan Davis, the incumbent, also anxiously waited at the courthouse Tuesday night for the results of the school board race to be announced.

"I'm excited to go forward with another term and to be able to serve our 2,700 students and be able to have collaboration. I think I bring some great communication for teachers and staff and our community. I'm excited to serve for another term."

Adam Moore, the third candidate who won a seat on the Kirksville R-3 School Board, told KTVO he is thankful to give back to the school district that he attended.

"I look forward to collaborating with the teachers, staff, students and administration over the next three years. I am excited to educate myself on the budget and internal operations of the school district as soon as possible so I can make informed decisions when needed."

To view full election results, click here.

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