They’re off and running! Information received from Deputy City Clerk Hillary Briand, MRCC, indicates that at the close of the first day of filing for the Apr.9. 2021 Branson’s General Municipal Election on Dec 15, 2020, there’s a three-way race for mayor and two incumbent aldermen running unopposed.
The three initial candidates running for a two-year term as mayor, their Branson address, date, lottery number, and time of registration are:
Karen Best, 7A Maple Court, 2/15/20, #1, and time of registration 11:11 a.m.
Marshall Howden, 106 Rose O’Neill Drive, 12/15/20, #4, and time of registration 8:03 a.m.
Edd Akers, 3104 Riverstone Drive, 12/15/20, #5, and time of registration 12:20 p.m.
As candidates for all municipal offices file on the first day of filing, they draw a number. When more than one candidate files for an office on the first day, the lowest number determines their position on the ballot for that office. The time of registration has no impact on ballot placement.
Only one race, the mayoral race, had more than one candidate file. Ex Branson Mayor Karen Best will have the first mayoral spot on the ballot because she drew number 1, Marshall Howden will be second with his draw of number 4, and incumbent Mayor Edd Akers will be third with his draw of number 5. As of 12/16/2020, any additional candidates for mayor will be on the ballot in positions four and subsequent in the order they file.
The two incumbent aldermen, running for a two-year term, unopposed as of 12/15/20, their Branson address, date, lottery number, and time of registration are:
Larry Milton, Ward II, 8 Willow Court, 12/15/20, #9, and time of registration 11:44 a.m.
Julia King, Ward III, 1612 Pointe Royale Drive, 12/15/20 #1, and time of registration 11:44 a.m.
Milton and King will be at the top of the ballot for their respective wards because there was only one candidate filing for each office on the first day of filing. As of Dec. 16, 2020, any additional candidates filing will be in positions two and subsequent in the order they file for the office.
The above is current as of 4 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2020. Candidates may file to run for the Apr. 9, 2021 election through 5 p.m. on Jan 15, 2021. For additional information or help in filing, please contact the Branson City Clerk’s office by calling (417) 334-3345.
Those wanting to vote in the Apr. 9, 2021 election must register to vote by Mar. 10, 2021. For information on registering to vote, contact either the Branson City Clerk’s office at (417) 334-3345or the Taney County Clerk’s office by calling (417) 546-7200.