Voters approve one new councilman; two tax increases

April 11, 2012

in Local

Tollie Rowe

By Kyle Siegel

Staff writer

On April 3, a general municipal election was held in Pettis County, and after it was over Sedalia and Pettis County have some new representation in office, as well as two new tax issues.

According to Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada, 11.62 percent of registered voters in Pettis County, turned out for the election. This constitutes 2,888 people who voted in the election.

“It was an 11.62 percent turnout. It could have been a higher turnout, but it was a very smooth election,” Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada said.

La Strada asked if the weather was a factor in the turnout.

“We were expecting rain throughout the whole day. Around 1:00 p.m. there were some showers, but I don’t think it affected it much,” La Strada said.

La Strada was asked if the clerk’s office under went any special training for this election.

“With the new updates we have done, we have really went through mock elections with our poll workers, picking up and tearing down the equipment. The process went very smooth. We have some strong poll workers,” he said.

Both tax issues before voters passed last Tuesday, and the News-Journal had a chance to briefly speak with the Say Yes To EMS Spokesperson and Treasurer John Fritz.

Fritz was asked if he was pleased with the results of the election.

“It was a significant message from the voters, that they support a robust EMS. I think the people understood the importance and critical nature of taxpayer support,” Fritz said.

Fritz was asked what is the next step for the ambulance district.

“The next step is now in the hands of the Pettis County Commission. It now becomes the responsibility of the commission, to divide the ambulance district into six districts equal in population, as best as possible.

“There will be an election on June 5, and we are looking for people to represent,” Fritz said.

There was only one contested race for the Sedalia City Council position.

Pam Carter and Tollie Rowe were running for the seat of 4th Ward council member.

There were 500 votes counted for that race, with Rowe bringing in 311 of those votes to take the seat.

The News-Journal spoke briefly with Rowe about the proceedings.

“I think it went very smooth. I was impressed with how things went at the courthouse.

“The campaign was very fun. It was a learning experience,” Rowe said.

Rowe was asked what he felt when the final total of votes came in.

“I was relieved that it was over, but excited to work with the council. I felt blessed and humbled to be the voice of the people of my ward, and I look forward to getting started,” Rowe said.

For a complete list of the election results, people can visit

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