Mid-County Fire Protection District and the City of Laurie will both have tax issues on the ballot after their governing boards recently approved ballot language.

The filing period for the April 3, 2018 election is underway, and Lake area municipalities and school districts are starting to candidates sign up for local boards in addition to a couple of tax issues.

The filing period for the April 2018 election began December 12, 2017 and will remain open until January 16, 2018. The final certification date for the ballots January 23, 2018.

Mid-County Fire Protection District and the City of Laurie will both have tax issues on the ballot after their governing boards recently approved ballot language. The MCFPD is seeking a 19-cent levy increase to hire additional firefighters to staff its Greenview area station. Laurie is seeking a $1.6 million bond issue to expand and improve its water system along Highway O.

Candidate filings in Laurie so far only include incumbents. Jeff Chorpening is running for Ward 1 alderman, Herb Keck Ward 2 and Allen Kimberling for mayor.

Ray Kline is so far the only candidate for the Village of Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees.

There are also no races so far on the east side of Lake of the Ozarks.

City of Osage Beach candidates include John Olivarri for mayor, Kevin Rucker for Ward I, Phyllis Marose for Ward II and Tom Walker for Ward III. All are incumbents. The city also has a collector’s office open, but but no one has filed for it yet.

In the City of Lake Ozark, incumbents Pat Thompson, Dennis Klautzer and Gerry Murawski have signed up for their respective board of aldermen seats in Ward I, II and III.

There are three seats open on the Village of Four Seasons Board of Trustees with three candidates so far. Arnold Sandbothe and Jim Holcomb are incumbents and LuAnn Ruck is looking to join their ranks. Incumbent Ranita Jones is not seeking re-election.

School of the Osage Board of Education has two seats open with incumbent James Edwards the only candidate who has filed at this point. Kathy Vance is the other incumbent, but she had not filed to run again as of Tuesday morning.

The Camdenton R-III Board of Education has two positions up for election with both of the incumbents - Chris McElyea and Laura Davis - being the only ones to file so far.

The City of Camdenton has four seats up, but only one candidate as of Tuesday. Incumbent Bonnie (Blankenship) Black filed for her Ward 2 position. Ward 1 and Ward 3 are also up as is a slot for the Special Road District “R”.

There are two seats open on the Morgan County R-II (Versailles) Board of Education. Incumbent appointee Veronica Dobbins was the only candidate as of Wednesday morning.

To sign up to run for one of these offices, contact the administrative offices of the municipality or district for more information.