Incumbent board members Mark Gremaud and Kevin Bachmann face no challengers for their seats on the Perry County School District 32 Board of Education, but the district will still be holding an election Tuesday, April 6.
This is unusual because Missouri law allows for school districts to “skip” elections when there are the same number of candidates as positions to be elected.
However, something occurred that the district has never experienced: A candidate filed but withdrew their filing before the filing was certified by Perry County Circuit Clerk Jared Kutz, which will happen Tuesday, Jan. 26. The individual withdrew their filing for personal reasons and will not be named by the district.
“We weren’t quite sure how to proceed at that point,” said Board Secretary Dorris Thieret. “We then consulted with attorneys at Missouri School Boards Association and the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
“We have been advised that the candidate who withdrew their filing will not appear on the ballot, but we must still hold an election. Missouri statute requires this,” Thieret said.
In Missouri, every entity that has a ballot issue pays a portion of the cost of that election. For District 32, the last ballot issue was June 2, 2020 (the April 2020 election was delayed due to the pandemic). The district’s portion of that election was just over $7,700. If there are very few issues on a ballot, the District can pay $10,000 or more for an election.