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Residents of the City of Ava elected a new mayor Tuesday, but retained the two incumbent aldermen who were seeking re-election.
In the Ava R-1 School District, only one incumbent, Randy Spurlock, retained his seat with two new members elected to the board.
Eddie Maggard, former city employee and long-time Ava Fire Chief, won the mayoral election, ousting four-term mayor Leon Harris who came in third in the five-man race.
Maggard received 261 votes to 187 for Larry Morrison. Harris received 150 votes, Rick “Moose” Allen got 106 votes and Bobby Shebiel received 16 votes.
East Ward Alderman Burrely Loftin was re-elected over challenger Phillip Davis, with Loftin receiving 226 votes to Davis’ 117.
In the West Ward of the city, Billy Long was re-elected over challenger Brenda Dammann by a vote of 237 to 116.
The Ava R-1 School District saw a very tight race in the election of three board members from a field of five candidates.
Challenger Marsha Aborn topped the list with 655 votes, with incumbent board member Randy Spurlock coming in second with 650 votes. Challenger Ron Wallace is the apparent winner of the third board seat at Ava, as he defeated incumbent board member and current board president Jeff Davis by a single vote, 599 to 598.
Rounding out the field was Mandi Carr who receive 321 votes.
Skyline R-2 School District voters returned three incumbents to the school board.
Winners there were Wroy Roworth 52, Travis Schearer 49, and Tim Scrivner with 48 votes. Other candidates were Patricia Blasius and Butch Linder with 17 votes each.
In the Plainview R-8 School District, voters elected Larry Tidwell with 56 votes, Robert Loeber, 43 votes, and Mandy Lehmann, 40 votes. Other candidates there were Bob Nagel, 35, and Amanda LeVelle, 27 votes.
Lehmann and Tidwell are incumbent directors returning to the board.