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

January 23, 2017


Whitsell Leads All Candidates in 2017
Greene County Extension Council Election

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Over 200 Greene County residents choose from 11 candidates to fill eight seats on the county's University of Missouri Extension Council during a public election held Jan. 16-20, 2017.

Eighty-eight percent of all ballots were cast online using an MU Extension designed system. The following eight persons were elected to seats which carry two-year terms.

Jason Whitesell (Ash Grove), Vice-President for Old Missouri Bank and an agriculture lender, lead all candidates with 138 votes.

Tyler Gunlock (Ash Grove), a University of Missouri alum who is starting a farm of his own, collected 119 votes.

Lisa Bakerink (Springfield), Executive Director of Friends of the Garden, received 109 votes.

Tony Ahart (Springfield), who is a Master Gardener volunteer, collected 104 votes.

Kent John (Springfield), a former director for Universal Co-op Automotive Division, received 94 votes.

Samantha Mosier (Willard), a professor at Missouri State who focuses on local environmental sustainability policies and US alternative/sustainability food policies, earned 92 votes.

Jim Garton (Springfield), who is a farmer, veteran and a Master Gardener, received 85 votes.

Peter Longley (Springfield), who is on staff at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, had 81 votes.

Candidates rounding out the list, but not collecting enough votes for a seat on the council, included Bobbi Ream (75), Catherine Banks (61) and Kathy Rapp (47).

Candidates will be sworn into office at the extension annual meeting, Feb. 27.

Every county in Missouri has a publicly elected extension council. Members are elected to represent the educational needs and backgrounds of people in Greene County. County extension councils are the governing body for local educational opportunities provided by University of Missouri Extension. Council members work with extension faculty in making decisions concerning extension programs, personnel, council elections and the local extension budget.


Source: David Burton, civic communication specialist, and county program director

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