Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 8, 2013

Cumberland seats contested, while some in Clay unopposed

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Several seats and village president positions are contested in Cumberland and Clay counties as filings for the consolidated election are completed.

Incumbent Thomas Bauguss of Greenup is facing a challenge from L. Todd Kemper for the village president position and William F. Aston and Bryce Fitch are both running for a two-year trustee position on the village board.

Four candidates are running for four-year terms at Cumberland School District, but only three seats are open. Ben Bland, Robert Plummer, Kim Starwalt and Bob Blade are each running for positions.

In Toledo, incumbent Michael C. Fletcher is running against Linda Brewer for the village president position. John Beck is running to keep his trustee seat in the village against Keith Titus, Jessica Bradley and Robert Michels for three open seats.

Much like in the November election, many positions in village governments throughout Clay County are unopposed. Dale Murbarger of Lousiville, Jim Speiser of Xenia and Trevor Bissey of Clay city are all running for the mayor or president unopposed.

At North Clay School district, Darrel McKnelly and Cecil Cochran are both running to hold onto their seats on the board while Ryan Ballard and David Simmons also seek to replace them. Newcomers Rob Tillery, Curtis Leib, Rick Porter, Courtney Hatcher and Justin Cook are all also running for three four-year term positions at Flora School District.

Amy Dulaney, Kelly Hance and Darren Lewis all are running for three open positions on the Clay City School Board.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.