Friday, January 18, 2013

Public Election of Greene County Extension Council Online from Jan. 21 to Jan. 25

Greene County residents may choose from 8 candidates to fill seats on the county’s University of Missouri Extension Council during the public election held Jan. 21 – 25, 2013. Anyone who is age 18 or older and a Greene County resident is eligible to vote.

Ballots and candidate biographies can be found online at The online ballot is the preferred method of casting a ballot since it is open 24-hours a day, Jan. 12 - 25. A ballot can also be printed out and returned to the office by mail. Completed and mailed ballots must be postmarked by Jan. 25, in order to be counted.

Those without access to the Internet can vote by printed ballot between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Greene County’s MU Extension Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. (Extension offices are closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King’s birthday).

The following persons are candidates for seats, all of which carry two year terms: Sharon DeRubis, Springfield, Mo.; Mary Frances DiGirolamo, Springfield, Mo.; Mary “Susie” Joplin, Springfield, Mo.; Geri B. Olmstead, Republic, Mo.; Lisa Bakerink, Springfield, Mo.; Matthew Simpson, Springfield, Mo.; Dewayne Long, Springfield, Mo.; George Deatz, Springfield, Mo.

For years, a mailed ballot was used in the county extension council election, but due to budget cuts, the balloting process was moved in 2010 to a secure online using system developed by MU Extension.

Every county in Missouri has a publicly elected extension council. Council members are elected to two-year terms to represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in Greene County. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they represent.

County extension councils (mandated by state statutes) 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.


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