The 2017 city and school district general election takes place next week, and the Crawford County Election Division of the County Clerk’s Office spent Wednesday and Thursday preparing.

The general election takes place November 7 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance voting at the county courthouse will close at noon November 6.

“We’re having poll worker training today at the courthouse and tomorrow we’ll be at the Homer Cole Community Center,” County Clerk Don Pyle said Wednesday.

Poll workers will operate 16 polling places throughout the county, taking ballots for city and school board elections. Five of the polling places are in Pittsburg, located at Baker Fire Station West, Church of Christ Congregation Hall, Countryside Christian Church, the Pittsburg Public Utilities Annex and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Races in Pittsburg include three open Pittsburg City Commission seats. Candidates for the three seats are Jacob Anselmi, Sarah Chenoweth, Michael Fienen, Dawn McNay, Michael Gray, Patrick O’Bryan and John Ketterman.

Pittsburg also has three at-large positions available for USD 250 Board of Education. Candidates for the position include B.J. Harris and Amber Madl.

The City of Frontenac will see races for mayor, city treasurer and three council positions, however, only the mayoral race is contested. Current Mayor Jim Kennedy will be on the ballot as well as Linda Grilz.

The USD 249 school board has four candidates running for three open positions. Mark Coomes, Heather Eckstein, Scott Kunshek and Curtiss Hemby will all be running for one of the three openings.

There is one polling place in Frontenac at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The City of Girard is also looking at a mayoral race between Current Mayor Kurt Ziegler and candidates Darrell Westhoff and Mickey Pyle. Two council seats are open with a race for first ward council member between Judd Pride, Sandra Hallacy and Sheldon DeLange, and third ward council member between Bob Hawkins, William Huston and Daniel Murray.

Murray has decided to move outside of the city limits since filing to run for reelection. Even if he were to win, city ordinance would keep him from serving, so he has requested people do not vote for him even though his name is on the ballot.

USD 248 has three positions open for its school board. Dale Coomes, Sharon Leonard and Kelly Peak are vying for one position, while Patricia Marshall and Nick Cheney will run against each other for another. Beth Murphy is uncontested in the race for the final open seat.

Polling places in Girard are St. Michael’s Catholic Church Hall and Greenbush.

Arma is looking at a mayoral race between Current Mayor Rock Anderson and Shawn Moss. Three candidates are also running for two open council positions. Raymond Vail, Richard Kerley and Mary Lou Peace hope to claim one of the two spots.

USD 246 has three uncontested candidates for three school board positions.

Polling in Arma takes place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

The City of Cherokee and USD 247 have uncontested races for mayor, two council members and three school board members. The Cherokee Senior Citizen’s Building is the polling place.

There are also city government races in Arcadia, McCune, Hepler, Walnut and Mulberry. Polling places in these cities include the Arcadia Community Center, Immanuel Lutheran Church Hall (Hepler), McCune Community Center and Mulberry Senior Citizens Center.

Polling places are also located in Franklin at the Franklin Community Center, and Farlington at Farlington Town Hall.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.