David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-881-8909
FAX 417-881-8058
burtond@missouri.edu

January 11, 2013


Taney County Extension Council Election Online and Open to the Public Until Jan. 22

FORSYTH, Mo. — Taney County residents have the opportunity to vote for 10 new University of Missouri Extension Council candidates until Jan. 22.

The Taney County Extension Council functions much like a school board. Elected members provide budget oversight, assist in developing programming, review policies and evaluate the professional staff, among other duties. The newly elected council members will assume their duties in March 2013.

"The annual council election is mandated by Missouri State Statutes. This will be the fourth year county residents will be able to vote online instead of using a paper ballot," said Chrystal Irons, county program director for the University of Missouri Extension office in Taney County.

Any Taney County resident 18 or older can vote by logging on to the Taney County Extension web site at www.extension.missouri.edu/taney and clicking on the 2013 Council Election link. The election link will only be active until the end of Jan. 22.

Voters will be asked to select an Eastern or Western district ballot based on their past voting in county elections. Once there, residents will be asked to vote for four council candidates for the eastern district and five on the west.

Residents without internet access or those who would prefer a paper ballot can request one by calling 1-417-546-4431 (toll free1-888-504-0443) or visiting the Taney County Extension Office at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth from Jan. 12 through Jan. 22.

Paper ballots must be postmarked and returned to the Taney County Extension office no later than January 22. Biographies of the candidates are available on the web site or can be requested by calling or stopping by the Taney County Extension office.

Candidates for the 2013 Taney County Extension Council are: Western District: Bryan Cizek - Hollister, Josh Franks - Hollister, Peggy Hartley - Branson, Jeff Holder - Point Lookout; Eastern District: Dan Boone - Branson, Donna Lynn Craft - Powersite, Sally LeBoeuf - Bull Creek, Cassandra Nabena - Branson.

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Source: Chrystal Irons, (417) 546-4431

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